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How managing an allotment reminds me of managing a team!

Viki Johnston's blog. PING! moments.

Reap what you sow...

While I was back in the UK this summer, I spent some time around the allotment garden with my Mum. This area of land, used by the local community to grow produce for personal use, was a place I would go to regularly before we embarked on our life of travel, and I miss it.

Sowing seeds

Being there again made me think about all the work that goes into this plot of land over the years.

I compared this slightly overgrown space to some of the other plots, which had seen some heavy lifting to clear them of weeds a create a row of neatly laid out crops.

I recognized how much planning and detail had gone into some of these spaces, and how much some of the areas will produce compared to others. None of this has happened overnight.

As I admired the tubs of blackcurrants and the bag full of potatoes we had managed to harvest, the metaphor of reaping what you sow came to mind. I realized how this can apply to many other areas of life.

Like managing a team, hours of creating the right environment, and placing the right group of people in the right place at the right time, will result in great outcomes.

If you are responsible for achieving results through a group of people, ask yourself these questions.

  • Is the environment conducive to building high performance?

  • Do I have the right talent working in the right areas?

  • How am I nurturing them to continue to grow and thrive?

  • Am I ready to make some tough decisions about changing things in the future?

  • What should I be doing every day to achieve the long-term results?

  • What can I learn from the surrounding areas to become better?

You will always reap what you sow, so make sure you are planting and maintaining effectively to get the best harvest from your efforts. And don’t expect it to happen quickly. It can be frustrating when you feel you are putting a lot of effort into something, or someone, and then not immediately see positive rewards.

Be patient, follow the plan and keep readjusting. Great advice for any situation.


If you would like to discuss how to create a plan, or are struggling to gain great results from your team, let me know...

There may be a simple fix I can help with.

Send me an email. I'd love to hear your thoughts!



Viki Johnston's Ping moments

Thanks for reading, I hope this has given you some things to think about and you have some of your own Lightbulb Moments.

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Viki Johnston

Viki Johnston, a Brit who moved to Southern California with her family, is a self-confessed learning junkie. Having flunked out of school at 17, she spent the next 30 (cough) years trying to figure out why learning stuff is so hard. She made it her mission to help others believe in their abilities and achieve more than they thought possible. Now through her coaching and business focused training she helps others to experience the "light bulb moment" and strive to greatness.
Her heroes are Sir Richard Branson and Brené Brown for their inspiration, and her Husband, whom without she would never have been able to live a life full of her own "light bulb moments".


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