Preparing the Ground for Innovation

The leader who imagines that it’s possible to drop a new idea in on an organisation and expect it to flourish is more than likely to experience failure.

To that extent there is perhaps something to be learned from the gardener who appreciates the need to prepare the ground before a seed is even planted.

In this short piece I want to examine the elements of the gardening process and draw a parallel for the innovation process.

The Gardening Process

1. Identify the boundaries
2. Clear away competing plants
3. Test the soil
4. Awareness of climate
5. Add amendments
6. Turn the soil
7. Selecting plants

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