Yesterday marked the official end of Summer and the beginning of Fall. As September comes to a close, the grass-yellowing heat of August gives way to the lawn-reviving milder temperatures of October. With cooler temperatures and the return of morning dew, there is still a lot of work to be done for lawn mowers and the folks who drive them. A word of advice for anyone interested in doing the job in a way that promotes health and growth in your lawn:
Change the mowing pattern each time you mow. Grass develops a grain based on your cutting direction, tending to lean towards the direction you mow. Alternating the pattern causes more upright growth and helps avoid producing ruts in the lawn.
This month marks the end of “Q3” for most companies and organizations. As September comes to a close, and the trajectory of the year’s performance becomes visible against the end of year goals your leadership team had set, the sunny optimism of Spring gives way to the harsh reality of Fall: “We’re not going to make it. What are we going to do about it?”
A word of advice for anyone interested in doing the job in a way that promotes health and growth in your organization:
- Look out the window.
- Watch the guy mowing the grass.
- Follow his lead.
- Change the pattern of how you tackle this problem.
If each year you find yourself staring down the same problems, perhaps it is time to try a radically different solution.
- Speed up instead of slowing down.
- Turn left instead of right.
- Go straight instead of turning at all.
- Double down instead of folding.
- Fold instead of doubling down.
- Let the failure finally come and deal with the structural learnings it will bring instead of barely ducking out of the way and pushing off that learning for another year (or quarter).
Whatever your pattern is, break it. It only feels like doing so will break your entire world itself. It won’t — it’s just a pattern. See what happens.