Plant a mango tree, what do you get?  Mangoes.

Grow and tend tomatoes?  Tomatoes.

No mystery here- everyone gets this.

The tougher question…

Why do some trees, vines and plants yield lots of quality, while others produce little- even under the same external conditions?

The answer lies in the ‘unseen’- underground…in the roots.

When it comes to plants of any kind- the roots determine the fruits.

What does this have to do with your team?

You’ve picked your business or industry.  You’ve chosen what to grow and produce.

Are your yields ‘Grade A’ and abundant, or are you struggling?

The thing is- whether times are great (or not-so-great) the long-haul is determined by what’s under the surface.

It’s determined by the collective interactions of your team members- by what’s expected and accepted.

This is called- CULTURE.

When things aren’t going well, it’s common, simple and easy to focus ‘above ground’- to point fingers, to blame lack of resources, regulators, customers, or the competition.

True leaders aren’t common.

They’re aware that just as roots determine fruits- sustainable performance grows out of culture.

Culture determines results.

Mangoes, tomatoes…whatever.  It’s the same for all things intended to grow (including your organization).

There’s no escape.

There’s also fantastic opportunity.

What are you doing to impact your culture today?

Until next time,

Tim Autrey, Founder/CEO


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