My wife and I have built five houses in four different states. I have lived in five states and in about 15 different houses for varying lengths of time. Most of the moves came in my early years. I’m much more settled now. Having all those different houses means I’ve had that many yards with lawns, plant beds and so forth. Five of those yards I basically put in myself with the help of some work crews. Each of those yards had a different kind of soil base.
One of the things that I’ve learned in all of that is that your plants will never be better than your soil. You can start out with the best plants or seeds available, but if you plant them in poorly prepared soils or in soils not suited to them, they will do poorly, look badly, and many will ultimately die.
But most of us are so eager to have the plants we try to take shortcuts. We end up paying the price too. Builders are notoriously guilty of no soil preparation. Certainly, you can work on the soil as you go along, but you’d best work it upfront. In fact you will need to continue working your soil to achieve an optimum base for your plants. However, the upfront work is critical to success.
It is just the same with work environments. You can recruit and train the best and most skilled workers out there. However, if you plant them in poorly prepared cultures they will also perform poorly and will become likely turnovers. Or even worse, they will trudge along performing poorly and actually stay!
There is a science and an art to developing a fertile work culture and environment. It begins with the basic mission and vision embedded in the organization itself. A fertile culture is comprised of sincerity in management, truly valuing people in the organization from top to bottom and from one end to the other. Such a culture is full of positive energy that seeks to motivate and energize without unnecessarily draining employees with negativity and pessimism.
Building a fertile culture, company-wide and even departmentally, from the beginning is the easiest route. Changing a culture that is clearly toxic is extremely difficult and always costly. However, most cultures can be effectively managed and improved in the midst of daily operations. But most managers are fairly clueless about how to really achieve this. Most managers, and even top organization leaders such as CEOs, can find themselves singularly fairly powerless to make the underlying changes required to build a truly fertile culture that allows good employees to grow, flourish and be maximally productive. If culture is an issue for you, it’s a good idea to get help and be willing to take advice from experts.