Who said plants don’t have character or personalities? We humans are all different, unique and so are the different plant varieties. A cactus is totally different from a fern in so many ways. One of its uniqueness is its location, where it comes from, another is its RNA its set of genes and of course we can’t forget its nurturing set of circumstances as it was growing. Ya, given this information…if we replaced our name instead of the cactus or fern, we’d probably have an idea of our characteristics and personality.
So we all are different and we act differently in certain situations. Plant varieties are the very same and they will act differently in different circumstances in your office. Some are showy and bright but don’t last too long, others are stallworths, but a little stand-offish, just until you get to know them.
But if you’re looking to get that promotion, there are certain characteristics you need to employ to prove to yourself and show to everyone else that you got what it takes. So take a lead form three of the best of the plant world, and you won’t go wrong.
Get Noticed – The Fiddle leaf Fig Approach
Place this plant on your desk or if you’ve some space get a larger specimen plant and put it beside your desk, this plant will get you noticed! It’s a fabulously handsome plant, with large green shiny leaves that draw the eye toward its good looks. People can’t help looking at it and admiring its qualities. Here are its qualities that will get you promoted.
Style and Substance
The fiddle leaf fig is a hard worker and ambitious plant producing up to 1-meter in growth and adding10 new rugged leaves in one year. This is quite impressive and surely implies substance to add that alluring strong style. The fiddle leaf fig will give loads of value for the place it occupies in your office. It does its job without looking for attention. So take its lead, be confident have belief in yourself and your abilities and take on responsibilities, be that team player.
Bring the Bad News First – The Cactus Approach
The first minute you see a cactus you know what you’re dealing with. It doesn’t tell you how wonderful it is, or charm you with a bit of nonsense. No it doesn’t, its sharp and to the point and it tells you the bad news the truth, right away. “It’s darn hot boss and it’s going to get hotter” but here is the data, the facts the figures and this is what we’re doing to fix the problem and get on top of the situation. Here are the qualities that will get you promoted.
Challenge conventional thinking and solve problems
No right thinking plant would grow in a desert where it’s so hot that its leaves shrivel up and turn into sharp spines. Somewhere, where the wind blows 40 °C and it only rains a little once every year. But cacti do and they have challenged convention thinking and solved the hardest problem on earth. And they’ve done it with simple facts and figures. They have grown amazing shapes where only half of the plant is every facing the sun, the cooler side is where their water is stored. So take its lead, make sure your boss is aware of a serious issue, tell her how you’re solving the problem and give her time to prepare a course of action. Ah ha.. problem solved.
Network – The Solomon’s Ivy Approach
This plant builds networks everywhere, whether in a green wall or on the top of a storage unit it wants to build relationships. Therefore effortlessly it stretches out its strong stems and fetching foliage and says “let’s build rapport – let’s get to know each other” The Solomon’s Ivy is so good at building networks that NASA has begun to study it, and found that its leaves are very effective at eliminating formaldehyde and carbon monoxide from the air. Here are the qualities that will get you promoted.
Leadership and Mentoring
The Solomon’s Ivy shows leadership by networking with those in higher and lower positions than itself. In only one year its vines will grow and reach out beyond 2-meters in any direction. Networking is about kindness, mutual support and growth. So take its lead, reach out and quietly mentor someone in a lower position. And don’t be afraid to ask for support from your bosses when needed. Remember - Those who get things done are people who know people.
Promoting a healthy and happy work environment is not limited to the four walls of an organisation. With modern technology, it can now be fostered, digitally.
At PlantStore, we have been providing team-building workshops to businesses around Ireland for the past few years. With the rapid shift to remote-working, we have had to pivot and have now made the decision to offer our workshops, digitally.