This is the first in a series of two posts. The second will be Cultivate Your Business Like Your Lawn or Garden. If you work as an employee for an organization, summer is a great time to cultivate your career with the same time, money, passion and attention that you do for your lawn or garden. For many homeowners and their neighbours, a lawn that is well looked after means that the homeowner is someone who not only cares about themselves but also about their immediate neighbours and their whole street. A well-manicured green lawn means that the homeowner wants to be seen by their neighbours and the rest of the street as being approachable and having the same attractive appearance as their home and property. The homeowner has either done the work or paid someone to do the work to ensure that the lawn continues to be well maintained. If the house is in immaculate condition and the lawn is weedy and overgrown, the home and the homeowner are seen as being very unapproachable and unattractive even is this is not really the case. Whether you live in a home with the space for a sizable garden, an apartment with a balcony garden or room with a container garden, you have spent considerable time at the market or garden centre carefully choosing the edible and inedible plants for your garden. If you have chosen to plant vegetables, there are some that will grow with little or no care and some that will need your constant care and deft handling. As an avid or casual gardener, you have developed a routine for weeding and watering so that your garden will grow, flourish and provide you with a bountiful harvest of flowering plants and edible vegetables.
Why not spend some time this summer cultivating your career with the same energy and passion that you devote to your lawn or garden? You can even do most of the work outside in the sunshine as you do with your lawn or garden. Here are four ways to cultivate your career so that it will grow and flourish through the summer and you can harvest the abundance of your efforts in the fall. First, take a 20 minute break, grab a tea or coffee, sit on a bench or under a tree and read your resume as if you were a potential employer. Does it have a strong WOW factor and focus on remarkable results and amazing accomplishments? If so, then you are all set and if not, it’s time to do some weeding and watering of your resume. What skills, knowledge and experience can you gain in your current role to be the best candidate for your next role? How can you be a leader in your current role? Second, ask the individual to whom you report to take a walk with you or sit and have a cup of tea or coffee with you outside in the sunshine so you can talk about acquiring skills, knowledge and experience and share ideas about what opportunities there might be to do this. Third, identify three people who you really admire in your organization and invite them to share a tea or coffee with you on a patio in the sunshine so that you can ask them to share their secrets of success. Finally, based on these conversations, create daily routines, write down three-five small daily goals and check them off as they are completed. If you put the same focus and discipline into cultivating your career as you do with your lawn or garden, this will be truly be a summer to remember.