Wisdom from the garden (how lessons for working better in the workplace can be derived from gardening)

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 28 June 2011

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Hall, K. (2011), "Wisdom from the garden (how lessons for working better in the workplace can be derived from gardening)", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 25 No. 4. https://doi.org/10.1108/dlo.2011.08125daa.011

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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Wisdom from the garden (how lessons for working better in the workplace can be derived from gardening)

Article Type: Abstracts From: Development and Learning in Organizations, Volume 25, Issue 4

Hall K.Journal for Quality and Participation, January 2011, Volume: 33 Issue: 4, Start page: 7, No. of pages: 4

Reports how one of the advantageous by-products of the global financial crisis is the resurgence in US public interest in turning to their gardens to grow both flowers and vegetables where, not since the two world wars have Americans spent so much of their time gardening. Pays particular attention to the lessons that can be learned from the garden that can be applied both to the workplace and to life. Offers valuable tips on gardening that are equally applicable to work, including: resist the temptation to plant more than for which you can care; remember that all seeds have their own rate of return; know which plants to grow well; let your ground lie fallow; prune rigorously with faith that new life will return; reframe all error as learning; and when pulling up weeds, get to the root. Concludes that, when in the garden or the workplace, there are lessons to be learned from gardening in terms of working in harmony with the seasons, planning ahead, reaping the benefits that have been planted, and taking time to reap the rewards. Bases the article on the author’s book (Plant Whatever Brings You Joy).Article type: ViewpointISSN: 1040-9602Reference: 40AG189

Keywords: Gardening, Management techniques, United States of America, Workplace

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