All three consist of tiny grains which individually are almost imperceptible; they are most easily observed and visually distinguishable in mass quantity. What really separates these three things, however, is what lies within:
- Seeds — packed tightly with the potential of Life, they contain the blueprints and assembly instructions for the replication of the fully mature organism that produced the seed
- Sand — an inert substance, most commonly made of silica (quartz)
- Salt — a multi-functional mineral (sodium chloride) that is necessary for life but also capable of degrading or destroying it.
Think of every decision you make or action you take as a leader as representing a single grain of one of these substances. Now stand back and look at the field that is your organization. What have the majority of your efforts been sowing there?
- Are your actions and decisions seeds that — though individually small and seemingly insignificant — will create life, growth, and outsized influence in your organization?
- Is the bulk of your time and attention spent on the inert sand of unimportant details and minutiae that have little effect on your organization’s growth and development?
- Or, are you seeding the fields of your organization with the corrosive salts of negativity, power games, politics, and short-sighted self-interest?
The nature of your decisions is key, as they are the tiny granules that will either lead to this —
… or this: