“Clarity is the most important thing. I can compare clarity to pruning in gardening. You know, you need to be clear. If you are not clear, nothing is going to happen. You have to be clear. Then you have to be confident about your vision.”
~ Diane von Furstenberg

Many years ago my then three-year-old daughter dashed in front of the other children on a preschool field trip. As she made her way to the front of the line, she proudly exclaimed, “I’m the weeder!” Obviously she’d meant “leader.”

business growthLeaders are good “weeders.” They’re good at removing those things in their lives and work that prevent them from growing themselves or their business.

Spring is a season for growth. So you probably need to do some serious pruning to grow yourself and your business.

As you assess where you are in your business and where you want to go, here are some weeds you might need to pull:

  • Meetings that are no longer productive.
  • Older technology or other tools that no longer serve you well.
  • Poor performers who do not have a positive attitude or willingness to improve.
  • Magazine, newspaper or email subscriptions that you are not using.
  • Your to-do list of non-essential items that will likely never get done.
  • Status quo thinking.  “That’s the way we’ve always done it.”
  • Constant critics, whiners or complainers.
  • Groups, clubs or associations in which you no longer participate.
  • Outdated marketing materials that don’t reflect your current business.
  • Cluttered office environment that creates more stress.
  • Negative self-talk that clouds your mind.
  • Any tasks that are not your core strengths that can be done by someone else.
  • Customers or clients that drain you/your business or no longer fit your business model.

Come up with your own list. What would you add?

Don’t judge it. Be disciplined about getting rid of whatever is hindering your growth.

Some items will require easy action. Others will take more courage.

Too often business owners and executives complain about “trying to juggle it all” and “getting everything done.” If you think you have to get it all done, you will drive yourself crazy.

The key is determining what you can take OFF of your plate. The more you remove, the more you will free yourself to grow yourself, your team or business more quickly and easily.

Instead of asking yourself, “What do I need to get done?” or “How can I do it all?” ask, “What can I get rid of?”

The more you remove, cut back or simplify, the more clear your focus will be on what’s really most important to keep on your radar.

“Weeding” is part of leadership development.

Weed to lead. Stir up some soil.

Get rid of whatever hinders your growth.

Watch your business bloom!

Gayle Lantz is a leadership consultant, speaker, author and founder of WorkMatters, Inc.
She works with organizations, executives and top performers who are serious about growing their business and themselves.