The signs of spring are every where this week. The Dutch crocus are flowering and the daffodils are opening. The honey bees are out rolling around in the pollen.
The tulips are pushing up through the warming ground. The bird songs are changing, the warblers are back, and the trees are flowering. The earth is awakening to sounds, shapes and colors. Winter is slowly becoming a memory.
As I marvel at these spring miracles, I remember the following quote by Peter Senge: “Every gardener knows you don’t cause a plant to grow. You deal with all the limiting conditions that would otherwise keep it from growing.”
Many leaders, managers and supervisors need to realize that they do not cause people to grow or improve their performance. What they can do is create the positive or negative conditions for engagement. When the work place is based on authenticity, respect and trust plus clarity, commitment and connections, then people blossom and grow.
My hope this week is that the miracle of spring awakens in you a greater awareness of the importance of building positive working conditions for all.