Prune your business to grow back stronger, more vibrant

Every garderner knows – prune to grow.

Every garderner knows – prune to grow.

But to the inexperienced, cutting back on what you have worked so hard to grow is difficult, to say the least.

The irony, of course, is cutting back allows the plant or tree to come back stronger and more vibrant than before, and in the shape you envisioned. Pruning leads to growth – the growth you envision.

Pruning the business leads to the same results. Removing employees who are eating up your culture, and eliminating unprofitable and undesirable customers, lead to profitable growth. Just like gardening, growing a business is a blend of science, art and practice.

Look to horticulture for guidance in how to prune your business.

“Pruning is a horticultural practice that alters the form and growth of a plant,” according to The University of Minnesota Horticulture Department. “ … Pruning can also be considered preventive maintenance. Many problems may be prevented by pruning correctly.”

Sound familiar?

What would you “prune” in your business today to make it better tomorrow? Culture-eating employees? Nonprofitable customers or business segments?

Start by rating all of your team members for alignment to core values and productivity (getting their job done well).

Those that align with your core values and are “delivering the goods” are your “A” players. Your job is to keep them and coach the balance of the team to become “A” players.

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