“Are You Growing
Strong Plants or Just Watering Flowers?”
While I was
working in our flower bed, a neighbor walked by asking if I was
watering my flowers. I replied that I was caring for my plants so
that we could continue to enjoy these flowers.
prompted me to think about how, just like flowers, continuous care
of your people creates great results.
flowers require water, sunlight, and food. Your business require
you to properly train, organize, compensate, and care for your team
members. These are the people who produce your products and serve
your clients. They deserve your best so that your clients will
receive the best.
Just as using the
best materials are required for great flowers, you need to recruit
and onboard the best people. Instead of waiting until you need to
replace someone, you need to be recruiting great people constantly.
hired, team members must receive positive orientation during their
onboarding. Your success requires continuous regular training to
keep their skill level high. Just like plants need continuous care,
your people require continuous support to perform their
Having a great
looking flower bed requires that the plants must be organized to
create the most pleasing view. That is the purpose of the “flower
bed.” The purpose of your team is to create the best possible
experience and results for your clients through your products and
services. Be sure that you have the people with the best skills
working in roles that best suit their talents.
In the best
organizations, you will find they have long term team members with
the best compensation plans. Their compensation not only includes
great benefits and income, it provides them with clear career paths
to achieve their own professional and personal
number one reason for employee turnover is a toxic work
environment, usually created by ineffective or poor managers.
Ensure that the people you choose to lead share your goals and your
vision of success. Just as plants requiring full sun will not
thrive in the shade, your team will not prosper with leaders who
don’t support your desired culture nor support team member
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deserves your best, so they can be their
That is today’s
MORNING MINUTE: 6/16/23
“How Do You See This?”
You have been asked this hundreds of times. Others ask this to get
you to agree or disagree.
This relates to your paradigm. A paradigm is the
lens through which your mind processes information. This
function is to help you understand information, and how to react to
To explain a paradigm, teachers pose this question,” Is
the glass half full or half empty?” That is meant to determine
if you think positively or negatively. But that interpretation is
much too narrow to really comprehend how your paradigm
affects your view of information and your reactions to
Your mind is preprogrammed to protect you. The first filter
(paradigm) that engages in reaction to something,
subconsciously answers these questions. “How does this affect
me? Is this true or not? Should I care about this or not?”
Your mind processes those answers quickly based on your knowledge
of the subject, your previous experience, and the environment
around you. This mental action is deeply personal.
The second filter (paradigm) that engages is, “How
does this affect others?” These can be the people around
you, or any group of people. Additionally, it asks something about
the person who is asking you the question. Your mind will
subconsciously filter your answer by asking “How do they see
this?” And, “What are they trying to
The third filter (paradigm) is the half empty or half full
question. Your mind will react in one of 2 ways. Either, “How
can I help?” Or, “How can I avoid this?” Both
of these questions can be positive or negative. You can decide to
help the person or to help deter the person. Conversely, you can
decide to answer or to avoid answering.
For example, you are in a meeting where another person suggests
that a policy change is needed. That person asks you, “How Do
You See This?” Before you answer, your paradigm subconsciously
processes: “How will this affect me or others? Is it true? Do I
care about this?” Then: “How can I help?” Or, “How can I
avoid this?” All these questions occur in your mind prior to your
answer. Plus, they will determine how or whether you answer the
Understanding how you filter information through your own paradigms
will assist you be a better communicator.
Understanding the paradigms of others will aid you to be a better
leader, manager, or salesperson.
That is today’s Morning Minute.