cultivate: to nurture the growth of
That's a picture of our small family tomato garden from a past summer ... a less than outstanding example of love and attention and a wonderful reminder that we reap what we sow.
It's so cliché but it's the perfect metaphor (so cliché I almost didn't send this).
If you lead a team of people, you're the gardener.
You plant the seeds (hire the right people), care for them (develop and guide them ... several ideas to help here at InspireYouPeople.com), and keep the weeds out (minimize and remove obstacles and bad people ... when did you last ask someone what might be in their way of doing good work?).
Do it well (Lead Simply) and you'll maximize your chances for better results and more enjoyable days for everyone (a beautiful thing).
Approach it half-heartedly (like a Gomo - someone who goes through the motions) and you'll have something similar to my garden above.
If you don't lead a team, think of that garden as you.
Ask yourself, “What am I growing? Am I planting the right seeds in my mind (and body)? Am I taking responsibility for my professional and personal development? Am I keeping the weeds out (bad thoughts, bad ideas, bad people)?” If not ... Cross The Line and start.
Leader or not ... remember, in most cases, we do reap what we sow.
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