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Leadership Nudge™ 184 – Fix the Environment, Not the People

I’m on a coffee plantation in Medellin, Colombia at an altitude of about 6,000 feet.

The coffee plants have bean and they’re red, which means they’re ready for picking!
The farmer did a great job of putting the plant on the right slope with the right sun and shade combinations and the right amount of water. So the plant grew!

If the plant didn’t grow, the farmer couldn’t stand on the side of the field and just yell at the plant. It wouldn’t grow, and yet, that’s what I sometimes see bosses do. They haven’t created the right environment for their people, but they’re just going to compensate by maybe just yelling at them.

It makes no sense. It has the same impact, which is zero. (Actually, it’s a negative impact).

So, as leaders, what we want to do is the same thing that the farmer does:

Create the right environment for our people to grow and they’ll grow naturally.

Leaders fix the environment, not the people.

I’m David Marquet and that’s your Leadership Nudge.

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