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How does your garden grow?

Spring is in the air, and I am actively planning how to grow my little patio garden. There are so many decisions to be made – the number and sizes of pots I’ll need, what to grow in each one, and where to place them. Do I want flowers, vegetables, herbs, or ornamentals, and how many of each? Where will I place them – full sun, shade, or a little of both? I’ve been poring over gardening websites and talking to my green-thumb friends, researching fertilizer, water requirements, and plant hardiness. There is no doubt in my mind that in very soon I will have a well thought-out plan for a beautiful patio garden.

But it occurs to me that as important as a good plan is, it is just the beginning. If I want a beautiful garden for the rest of the year, I will have to do much more. I will need to carefully plant the seeds and seedlings. I will have to nurture and care for them. I will need to give them water, food and fertilizer. I will have to keep an eye out for weeds, and quickly remove them before they grow rampant and take over. The ultimate success of my little patio garden will lie not in the planning, but in all the things I do later.

Which is a lot like what it takes to be a good leader. You can logically plan and outline schedules, workload and staffing. But then you need to carefully assign work to the right people to set them up for success. You have to nurture and care for your staff by giving them the tools, resources and space in which to flourish and grow. And you have to watch out for the weeds –unexpected obstacles, negativity, demoralizing circumstances – and remove them before they proliferate and suffocate the victories and triumphs. The ultimate success of your team and its deliverables will not lie in the planning, but in everything else you do (or don’t) later.

So where are you focusing your time and energy? Is it on planning your metaphoric garden? Or is it on the people-related activities that come later? I’d love to hear about your (and others) successes (and failures). Please share your insights directly on the blog at

In The Globe and Mail: Things won't 'get back to normal', but we can embrace 'another ordinary'

It’s time to face the uncomfortable truth – we are never going back to the way it was before. Too much has changed – realities, expectations, technology – and whatever the post-pandemic future has in store for us, it will not be “back to normal.” In Merge’s latest column – Things won't 'get back to normal', but we can embrace'another ordinary' – she outlines what this means for you and your people, and how to prepare for it.

Turning Managers into Leaders

That Merge offers custom leadership training delivered over a period of time?

The pandemic has changed a lot of things, but your leaders still need training. In fact, given how much our workplaces have changed, they probably need more support than ever. If you want to give your leaders the tools they need to be more effective at creating positive and productive workplaces – whether they are virtual, in-person, or hybrid – then let Merge help you. We invite you to contact us to set up a time for a no-obligation conversation with Merge about your specific needs and challenges. Once we get the dialogue going, she will expertly craft and deliver what you need to turn your managers into leaders and your people power into results. The final design could include virtual modules, face-to-face training, one-on-one mentoring, peer support, or perhaps something else. Whatever it is, it will be uniquely “you”!

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