Tiny wildflowers pop up on the mountains of northern California in early March. Footsteps of spring are a reminder of how flowers protect themselves during the transition from winter’s heavy rains to spring’s warming skies. These delicate flowers keep a very low profile, almost flat to the ground. A low profile helps the plant to avoid the big winds of winter storms and allows it to warm quickly when the sun does comes out. Footsteps of Spring are the masters of transitions. Can we learn from them?
I walked past the first tiny bunch of Footsteps of Spring last week. The little flash of yellow on the edge of the trail had been cared for by another hiker. The plant had been encircled by stones. This Footsteps of Spring was not only the master of transition but had good boundaries!
How often do you hear leaders and teams talk about managing transitions and setting good boundaries? When was the last time your team had a discussion on strategies for adjusting to the face paced change dynamics of the workplace? How often does a manager say…you need to set good boundaries?
There is a great deal written about managing transitions and setting good boundaries. The Forbes article on embracing workplace change is very helpful. Inc.com recently posted an article on how successful people set boundaries at work. This is a topic that resonates for managers, leaders and teams. People want to know how to manage change, set good boundaries, and adapt to fast pace workplace dynamics.
There is great logic in learning from these articles. I encourage you to read and reflect. However, I’d also like to encourage you to step out and find those spring wildflowers. As the snow melts look for those first wildflowers. How have these delicate spring flowers evolved to adapt to transition?
Take and hike and learn from the experts.
Explore a local trail or garden and find the first flower peaking out. Look at the color, the shape of the leaves, the profile.How did the flower evolve to benefit from the first warming of the soil? What shape of leaf helps the plant to adapt to change? How does a wildflower protected itself from one more winter rain, wind or snow?
What can you take back to the office? Perhaps it’s just a smile. Yet, I know if you think about it for the same amount time it would take you to read these articles, these wildflower experts will give you a gem of wisdom for your workplace transitions.
Enjoy Meeting the Experts and see how they manage changing dynamics, setting boundaries and eons of transitions.