End of garden season invokes comparison to civility
Monday morning I went to my community garden plot to cut herbs to dry. I drove back home thinking---I need to write notes for next year. My thinking transitioned to—do I/we do that at work?
Are we candid about what worked and what didn’t? Do we take time to evaluate? Do we listen to what others say?
The oregano wasn’t pungent. A 4-H gardening judge always told my children: stress the Mediterranean herbs to get strong flavors. I had horse manure tilled into my plot this year. The growing conditions were too fertile.
Are the growing conditions right at work? Do we get the training, equipment and information we need?
Do we pay attention to those who need help?
The marjoram wasn’t where my plan said it was supposed to be. There was no marjoram anywhere.
The English thyme, basil and flat-leaf parsley were terrific.
All herbs don’t flourish in a one-condition environment. People don’t either.
In ‘Work Naked: Eight Essential Principles for Peak Performance in the Virtual Workplace,’ author Cynthia Froggatt stresses that one size does not fit all for peak performance. It's a book that makes me think about my assumptions. (I'll post more about the book another time.)
Froggatt stresses knowledge workers often reach out of the current setting to think about problems or suggest solutions. Do you compare disparate things or get inspiration for work from hobbies, events, family and friends?