By: Ronald L. Taylor

From the unwanted growth in our gardens to wackers made specifically for them, Linda Galindo’s “Way to Grow!” uses the metaphor of developing daisies and orchids into indestructible weeds. While weeds are something a person with a green thumb despises, its characteristics, when applied in a business context, are something every great leader possesses.

“Way to Grow!” describes employees at certain points of their careers using references of weeds, daisies, and orchids, and the transitions needed to become weeds.

It is important to understand that the transitions between each developmental phase are completely dependent upon the employee. The knowledge of where the employee currently falls into this metaphor is the first step to growing at “weed speed.”  This is highly useful for managers to better allocate where their time should be spent and why.

As I reflect on my own personal growth and development, I see aspects of my career that fit into the weed category as well as aspects in which a drought-resistant daisy is very fitting.  “Way to Grow!” has proven to be a great self awareness tool for me to use in evaluating my current progress. As I continue to grow within my career, there will be phases in which I will go from a weed to a daisy, or maybe even a high-maintenance orchid. Hopefully that will only be a short amount of time, but undoubtedly dependent upon me, my attitude and energy towards the growth in the newly acquired task.

“Way to Grow” does a great job of emphasizing that empowerment has to come from inside and does not originate from an outside source. We have to believe in ourselves and our abilities and be consciously aware of possible areas of improvement so that we do not become stagnant in our personal growth.

It is very easy to place blame on others and not take accountability for our actions even if our actions may have little to do with the subpar results. We as professionals must take the reins on our career and personal development by committing to be 100% responsible for everything related to our career.  This commitment will position us to grow at the “weed speed” we all hope to achieve.

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Ronald Taylor, an honors graduate of Tennessee State University serves as the Student Programs and Development Specialist for the NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT).

In his role, Ronald assists with the development and maintenance of StudentCPT chapters across the nation, facilitates the growth of social media outlets, and cultivates relationships with past, current and future CPT donors and affiliates. He can be contacted by emailing [email protected]

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