The Seeds Of Employee Engagement
When you’re passing through a workplace and you’re not a fulltime member of that workplace yourself, you see what its like, perhaps better than those actually working there. Maybe you’re a consultant, a customer or even a leader from within the organisation but not directly from that particular workplace. You see what the team is like and how that manifests itself in the team’s results.
I heard about ‘Guerilla Gardening’ on the radio and checked out the concept online. In my version of history, it started in the U.S. with its many miles of barren interstate highways. In an ironically organic way, diverse individuals started a very informal and non-organised movement called ‘Guerilla Gardening.’ Dismayed at the barren landscape and with no formal bodies interested in beautifying their environment, people took it upon themselves to do so. Initially frustrated by red tape and bureaucratic resistance, various individuals took covert approaches and it caught on and took off. They created ‘Seed Bombs’ (also known as ‘Green Grenades.’) Clay shells were wrapped around a range of wildflower seeds amped up with slow-release fertilisers and so forth. Once hardened the clay shells were pretty solid. Drivers hurled them randomly out of car windows as they passed desolate stretches of road. Once the rain came, it broke down the clay and released the seeds and nature took its course. Out bloomed random, unplanned nature.
Now, ‘Guerilla Gardening’ is getting organised and the website looks quite scientific. But hey, I write about leadership, supervision, motivation, influence, communication and behaviour change – what does that have to do with seed bombs?
I wrote in my first paragraph about wandering through a workplace that wasn’t yours to lead. Maybe you notice that it’s ‘barren’? Maybe you try to work through formal means and there is resistance and red tape? If you tried developing motivational / leadership ‘seed bombs’ and throwing them into the workplace to hopefully take root and bloom, would you just be a mudslinging and interfering busybody or would you be an innovative, Johnny Appleseed kind of person. It depends, I suppose, on how you do it and what grows as a result.
Weeds maybe… And mud sticks.
Posted on October 10, 2011, in Influence, Leadership, Team Leadership and tagged Behaviour, communication, guerilla gardening, Influence, Leadership, seed bombs, supervision, team building. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.