New Growth after Adversity

by Chris Brown on Tuesday, June 5, 2007

May and June mean new growth here in Ohio. I’m an avid gardener and find a lot of similarities between running a business, marketing and gardening.

  • Pruning back allows for new growth (okay, so this pine tree is a bit more than pruned back!!)
  • Seasons and routines. Keeping mindful of good work habits and making the most of each season.
  • Make conscious decisions about which areas to grow and what to eliminate.
  • Don’t try to do everything. A cactus garden. A rock garden. A Japanese garden. A water garden. A hosta garden. Clematis and lilies and lilacs and roses. You’ve got to be selective.
  • Have a plan.
  • Go with the Flow: Planting shade plants in the shade and planing sun loving plants in the sun — it’s like the Good to Great concept of getting everyone in the right seats in the bus.
  • Planting seeds for the short term and the long term. Planting seeds is looking to the future. Like my minister said on Sunday: “You can plant a squash that grows in 2 months or you can plant an oak tree that grows for 100 years. Your choice” (paraphrased quote from James Garfield.) Either way, planting is for the future.
  • Using perrenials along with a few annuals. Perrenials have fewer colorful flowers, but they come up every year and grow so much that they require splitting into new plants. Annuals provide a beautiful show, but are over at the end of the season. A little of both provides balance in a garden.

Even when something happens that seems like a bad thing, new growth can change everything.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Dan Schawbel Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at 2:20 pm

It’s challenging to run a business in this field because of the seasonal environmental factor.

Anonymous Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at 3:56 pm

Great story. I was looking for a source for helping teenage girls aspire to professional careers and BOOM! up comes Chris Brown! How cool.

Robyn McMaster Friday, June 8, 2007 at 12:16 am

It’s amazing what we learn through our naturalistic intelligence when look at the world through that lens. Great work, Chris.

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