A few years ago, a well meaning Eagle Scout candidate installed landscaping around the sign welcoming people to our city.  It looked beautiful and was a great improvement over the sign which had been sitting solo on a plain concrete base.

Fast forward to now, and the rock area in front of the sign has as many weeds as rocks.  The plants around the base are interspersed with overgrowth, and, all in all, it looks pretty shabby.

This sign project, as with many similar propositions, took all the details of the present into account but forgot to plan for the future.  Nothing lives on without attention and care: not sign landscaping, an organization, a democracy or any project you spearhead.

“The end” only happens in fairy tales. Keep the weeds in mind the next time you make plans.  On-going maintenance isn’t sexy, but it is what keeps your project living on in glory after the initial roll-out phase.

— beth triplett

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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