Signs of Spring

Every February  around this time, there are welcome reminders that Spring is on the way.  The first for me is a witch hazel bush in my front yard that  defies sub-freezing weather to produce fragrant yellow flowers.  Then, a few weeks later crocuses and winter aconites will emerge from the snow.   The cycle continues through Spring and Summer as each species awakens, blooms and then rests.  Some plants, like the witch hazel, develop with very little support. Others, like a late-Summer blooming Rose of Sharon, require special protection from blight and insects.

There are several metaphorical lessons I take from the witch hazel and its co-inhabitants of my yard:   

  • The first is that there will always be early bloomers and later bloomers – people, as well as plants.  People, in particular, learn and grow at different rates, so celebrate the early bloomers but don’t expect them to last forever. The deserve a rest.   And have patience with those of us late-bloomers who will come along eventually. 
  • The second is that some of us require more care than others.  Lacking that individualized attention, only the hardiest, most self-sufficient souls will flourish – not a good condition for  gardens or human organizations.  
  • The third is that maybe, for both plants and humans, this is the they way things should be: a continuous cycle of growth, each in its own time with its own unique contributions – awakening, blossoming and resting.    Call it a continuous improvement culture.


By the way:  Here’s another sign of Spring: Our
2nd Annual Spring Showcase is just 50 days away.   Through the magic of Whova, attendees will virtually visit 9 great companies with creative employee teams each sharing sharing a best practice or two from their continuous improvement cultures.  Hope you will join us.  You can register here.

6 thoughts on “Signs of Spring

  1. John

    Thank you for this post. You made a good point, that life should be “a continuous cycle of growth, each in its own time with its own unique contributions – awakening, blossoming and resting.”

  2. Annie Sember

    Great post! I found it interesting how you related flowers to people and how different people “bloom” at different times. I agree that there will always be late and early bloomers. Some people can pick up on something on their first try, and for others it may take practice. I also very much enjoyed reading how for both plants and humans, there should be a continuous cycle of growth. Each in its own time with its own unique contributions (awakening, blossoming and resting). Very insightful!

  3. Greg Boisvert

    Interesting post! Personally, it was good to hear your perspective on how people grow since I am a typically callous person and need to work on having more patience and understanding for people who require tons of “care”, but as you stated, that is not good framework for an organization! I enjoyed how you mentioned that most things are cycles, just like for plants. Any tips for people who might seem to get stuck in the resting state for too long?

  4. Ethan Berg

    This was such an interesting post especially when you were comparing the flowers in spring to people. I completely agree that life always should strive to continuous growth. Thank you for this post it definitely shows the mindset that people need to always try to have.

  5. Nichole DeAngelo

    I really enjoyed this post! It is so interesting how you compared the cycle of flowers through the seasons to people. It makes sense that everything in life continues to grow whether we like it or not. Great post.


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