Is Your Business Run by the Law of the Farm?
The “Law of the School” says you can cram the night before the test and still get a passing grade.
Although some short-term successes can be achieved with this law, can you imagine a farmer cramming the night before harvest and expecting to enjoy an abundant yield the following day?
Does your team think you can cram the night before you need trust, respect, collaboration or a healthy culture?
The “Law of the Farm” says you must prepare the ground, plant the seeds, cultivate the soil, and provide water and sunlight if you expect to reap a future harvest. The “Law of the Farm” demands time and attention, but can unlock a compounded return on your labor and next level success.
Spring is upon us, flowers are blooming, farmers are caring for growing crops and companies are finally having face to face meetings after the long COVID winter. Now is the time to plant the seeds, pull the weeds, cultivate the soil and prepare the best environment for the future harvest you need to succeed.
Let’s address some of the ways you can prepare your team to be their best by applying the “Law of the Farm” to your next meeting.
#1. Pull the weeds:
Frustration, negativity, skepticism, confusion, conflict, and selfishness for example are naturally occurring forces in the universe. Like weeds in the garden, we don’t need to plant them, they just appear and need to be addressed if possible. Don’t ignore the weeds or they will grow and take over your garden. Keep in mind, weeds grow best in healthy environments. They come with the territory if you have passionate and invested people who care deeply about their job, the organization and the mission.
#2. Cultivate the soil:
The ground needs to be tilled to accept the fertilizer and water, which in turn will create the best environment for your plants. People have been isolated for two years and there has been some hardening. Give them time to share, express, vent and ask questions before planting the seeds of next year’s goals. If they have not been softened or prepared, the seeds will fall on hardened soil and will not grow.
#3. Prepare for external forces:
Predators, fungus, bugs, and inclement weather are all things that can threaten your harvest. Spend time with your team discussing the things that are out of our control, but we can be prepared to overcome. Farmers spray for bugs or fungus, build owl boxes to hunt predators, have giant sprinklers or fans to defend against frost and construct huge netting systems to keep out birds. What are you doing to defend your harvest against external competition, market trends, negative publicity, price wars or other known threats?
#4. Pick what you want to grow:
Imagine buying a plant without knowing what it will produce. When you select a type of tomato to plant the package has a picture and description of the kind of tomato it will produce. If you don’t like tomatoes, you most likely will not care much for the plant and it will not thrive. If you love that kind of tomato, the work necessary will be done with passion and care. Take time to express in great detail what you and your team are trying to accomplish or grow. Allow them to personally feel how much each of them will benefit and enjoy the fruits of your labor if you are successful in achieving a harvest.
#5. Understand your lifecycle:
Some plants grow quickly and produce fruit in a matter of months. Some plants take years to begin to produce a harvest. Understand what you are trying to grow and how long it will take to see results. To develop a brand that is trusted and respected in the marketplace can take years to grow. You can put a team together in a matter of weeks, but for them to become a well-balanced, interdependent, collaborative team can take much longer. Set realistic growth expectations for the seeds you have planted and stay vigilant to protect your investment.
Watch the video below for more on how to produce an optimum yield with your team:
Since 1992 Odyssey Teams has been helping organizations create the best environment for long term growth and an abundant harvest.
Written By: Lain Hensley, COO/Co-Founder and Head Dream Chaser