Handling Deep Roots

April 12, 2009 | By | Add a Comment

It’s been a bit of a gardening weekend this weekend.

You know, the sort where you realize that the wet gloves you left in the shed last November would have been much better had you dried them, what with all that green fungus stuff to scrape off:-(.

Still, the weeds seem to thrive in the time you took off, whatever the weather. So, With the able help of my other half, we’ve been attempting to lift a few of the trickier ones that have literally taken root.

Most of these problems, with a little encouragement and nurturing, are willing to let go of their new home. They are shallow enough still to be unable to persist there.

We caught them soon enough.

With others, maybe we missed them last year and they are thicker, deeper rooted and really pretty impossible to shift, especially with all the chaos of where they are growing – stuff all around impeding access to them.

What to do?

With these, the only solution is to chop them off at ground level, hoping that this will be a deterrent for them and they will just go away. Maybe we might pour something on them to finish them off.

I’m hoping that you see the analogy here for when we have tricky issues with employee behavior.

Deal with it early and it becomes easier to resolve, with little pain.

Indeed as they say, ‘a weed is only a plant growing in the wrong place’ – so we could even have transplanted if we wanted.

Leave it too long and bad behaviors get too deep-seated and cannot be safely or easily resolved. And then needs surgery, which is disappointing for all.

Sometimes, we fail to tackle issues early, when we could. Then it was manageable and solvable. The situation was redeemable.

Other times, we serve no-one because we failed. We have to seek and destroy then, which is no use to anyone.

Maybe we avoided challenges when they were easier and now, they aren’t easy at all.

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