This weekend I poured attention into a large peony plant that produces about 50 huge, fragrant blooms every season. The bush produces dozens of stalks topped with a crowning bud at the top with several smaller buds lower on the stalk. After a decade of nurturing this plant every spring, I’ve learned that everything below the crown has to go. This plant requires a single focus for each stalk or else the entire production falls under the weight. Every spring hundreds of buds fall to the ground. Hundreds.
When I get to talk to groups and teams about leadership and how we get to choose to make choices that enable success – this single focus often comes up. As leaders we get to help our teams identify and remove what isn’t central to producing exactly what is needed for them to produce the best results. Actions are either aligned with the results you need or they drain valuable resources. As a leader, it’s a choice – distracted, overwhelmed, mediocre producing staff or happy, highly engaged team members who pour everything into exactly what our companies need from them.
Yes, it takes time. Yes, it involves letting some things go. But the result is healthy and vibrant and resilient.
So I get to work cleaning out what prevents her from thriving and producing the beautiful show we anticipate by Memorial Day. Every single stalk is addressed. It requires patience and precision to snip the extra buds so that they pop off without damaging the main stalk. Nothing got missed, the stalks are ready and the holiday weekend show should be spectacular without anything more from me. Perfection!
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