Those who are purchasers of tchotchkes or “cute” school supplies will know that woodland creatures have been a hit for several years. Raccoons, hedgehogs, foxes and owls have dominated the accessories market and everything in between: sheets, notecards, clothing, shower curtains, etc. But I have noticed on this year’s back-to-school shopping journey that the creatures seem to have returned to the woods — and in their place are cacti.

Maybe it was the mini-succulent craze that started this, but if you pay attention, you will see cactus-themed items are everywhere. The whole Southwestern theme and color palette is popular as well, but cacti are the king.

So what does this mean for you? Maybe it influences your marketing, your decor, your collecting, your gift-giving — or just your consciousness. Staying attuned to what is trending should be part of your on-going development as a leader.

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