Question # 1
How well do you prepare
Farmers and gardeners know you
cannot make a plant grow. The plant
What you do is provide the conditions
for growth. And great farmers know
what the conditions are and bad ones
Sir Ken Robinson
The innovation plant needs good soil.
This means that the environment needs to
be carefully considered.
Prepare the ground for planting.
This task includes removing
obstacles that will interfere with
growth, as well aenriching the
fertility of the soil.
Upfront preparation gives you a chance to
really figure out what you’re doing before you
An important feature of an ecosystem is the
interconnection and interdependency
of each part in the ecosystem and the ability to
add specific qualities to the whole.
We’re all familiar with ecosystems in the natural world. The
word refers to a localized community of living organisms
interacting with each other and their particular environment
of air, water, mineral soil, and other elements.
These organisms influence each other and their terrain. They
compete and collaborate, share and create resources, and
Maximize the potential of your organization
by planting people wisely.
Question # 3
What technologies do you
use to help plants grow?
I suggest that a company be viewed not as a
member of a single industry but as part of
a business ecosystem that crosses a
variety of industries. James Moore
Just as a gardener needs to put in place the
canes, cloches and trellises to support the
new seedlings, so you need to ensure there
is sufficient technology to support emergent
knowledge management activities.
Question # 4
How quickly do you remove
weeds that block growth?
Interfere when what needs to grow is
influenced negatively by internal and/or
To avoid developing a culture in which
people do not help each other, remove
internal competition incentives.
Complexity is like a weed in the
garden that can always creep back in.
Do not let the weeds grow.
Question # 5
What kind of fertilizer
do you use?
The job of the company leader is changing fast:
You have to think of yourself not as a designer
but as a gardener - seeding, nurturing,
inspiring, cultivating ideas.
Jeff Bezos, Amazon.
A garden needs fertilizer to grow. So do people.
Many farmers follow the practice of crop
rotation, planting a series of dissimilar
crops in sequential seasons.
This practice helps to diversify risk but has
also been shown to improve crop yield.
Question # 7
How do you help plants
continue to shine?
As the flower appears, a
gardener has to take care of
it - in a way that will permit it
to express its nature, its best
Some of the plants in your garden will thrive.
Learn from these, find out the secrets of
their success, and seek to reproduce these
Transplant the healthiest
of the thinned out plants
to new, roomier locations.