I was looking at my herb garden today, proud of how lush it was looking and thinking some plants were getting a bit too big.
I kid you not, this made me think of organization culture and how we are rarely patient enough to see changes and improvements through to fruition.
Lushness take time, but it is worth it.
If you are a manager, leader, HR/OD/Training pro, or small buisness owner, you need to be concerned about sculpting your organization’s culture.
Our ideas start innocently enough, and we may even acknowledge that change takes time.
We start by planting seeds. It’s thrilling when we see the first signs of progress. We are giddy for a moment – it’s working!
That initial excitement and satisfaction with the small wins does not last long. We look at how far we have come and expect all the gaps to begin filling in. But growth is methodical and takes time. Even with a strong program that nourishes the new plantings, it takes time.
As things begin to mature we are buoyed, but our expectations of how much fruit the new organization can bear is often too high. Peak performance and beauty take time. Many leaders don’t see their efforts beyond this point because we are impatient in Corporate America and we need promotions every 18-24 months. Hardly enough time to really have an impact.
This is not the lush life, it’s a life of planting, fertilizing, and then bailing out (I am not pointing fingers, I have done this too).
Lushness take time. And for the few who see the process of building a corporate culture through, the rewards are sweet. A productive and full culture is a beautiful thing, but most of us will never see it because we are too impatient.
There is something noble and fulfilling about staying with one organization, one department, one team, long enough to leave your legacy and have a profound impact.
And it doesn’t end. There’s always change and this adds to the dynamics of the organization.
I need to tame a few plants and make room for a new batch of basil plants.