Nothing Flourishes Without Attention

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Nothing Flourishes Without Attention
David Rutchik, Project Manager, United States

Nothing flourishes without attention. This simple phrase is endemic in all endeavors. A gardener knows all too well what would happen to his plants if they are not attended to.
Take this phrase and apply it to every other pursuit. Without reviewing the newly emplaced activity or practice it will not continue to produce the results it showed at its inception. In organizations, employees that feel ignored will grow complacent in their output, and eventually even the once talented and highly energized individuals do not feel like part of their team or no longer see the importance of their task.
Without attention there is a loss of interest and outcomes decline to mediocre. Some managers pay attention to those things that seem very important at the moment, but by forgetting the core values other areas get neglected and get less attention. Like the garden they soon wither away.
Paying attention does not have to be done daily, but like a checkup with the physician it must be done on a regular basis. So if you are not getting the results from something the way you once had, try giving it a little nurturing, because "Nothing Flourishes Without Attention".

Attention and Maintaining Logs
srinivas, Test Manager, India
I agree attention improves the quality of work. Maybe maintaining a log of attention activities may help the cause.

The Only Things that Evolve by Themselves in an Organization are Disorder, Friction and Malperformance
Javier Elenes, Business Consultant, Mexico
Warning, there actually are some things that can evolve without attention. Peter Drucker said: "The only things that evolve by themselves in an organization are disorder, friction and malperformance". So, only "Nothing GOOD flourishes without attention."

So you need to FOCUS (concentrate attention) on your expected results, defining priorities and measure progress in colored KPIs (green yellow red) for early detection on minor (yellow) deviation to take corrective action and achieve results (generation of satisfied customers and economic value.

Attention is Necessary for Control
Piero Mella, Teacher, Italy
I agree but I would add that also "nothing flourishes without CONTROL", because no activity is possible without control.

Nothing Flourishes in a Controlled Environment, Without Attention
Saviour, Entrepreneur, Nigeria
Always listen to employees for suggestions on how to improve their tasks and the challenges they may be facing to achieve set targets. In this way, you help them to flourish, for nothing flourishes in a controlled environment, without attention.

Nothing Flourishes Like Control and Nothing Flourishes Like Attention
Gayatri Irny, Teacher
I feel control from within will be more effective than an external control. External control must have a very attractive incentive for it to work. Attention does work when controlled at the right time. Unnecessary attention spoils all - the giver, the receiver and the observer. This is my opinion.

Control and Management
Andrew Blaine, Business Consultant, South Africa
@Piero Mella: Do you really mean control? Surely control removes the option of personal choice and limits the scope of activity to that which the manager/teacher/person in charge arbitrarily selects? Is this productive or counter-productive? With control, performance can be directly monitored, but initiative and choice are reduced if not totally eliminated - I think this stifles creativity and personality and leads to resentment, unhappiness and eventually rebellion.
That is my opinion as I would prefer to use the phrase "good management"?

Flourish and Attention
David Rutchik, Project Manager, United States
The focus I was seeking was on the words flourish and attention.
  • Flourish was to describe that peak ultimate state of embellishment, attainment, a realization of accomplishment.
  • The attention comes from more than control, it can be any simple way to release self-actuation in a positive direction. I once had a manager who upon hearing my morning greeting of, "How are you doing today?" He would reply, "Much better now that I see you here today."
    In that simple recognition I felt important. Just that little bit of attention and acknowledgement went a long way helping me accomplish my goals for the day.

Genuine Attention
Briolett, Manager, Canada
What about attention that is not genuine? Wouldn't that lead to more harm than good - mistrust, caution, resentment, etc.?
From observations I see that people have similar hopes, dreams, desires and fears no matter where they live and work.
The differences are in our approach to living and what motivates each of us. We all have our own histories and the attention that one person needs to be motivated won't necessarily work for another person.
Where does openness to each other's differences and understanding fit with attention and control? I'm not sure there's an easy answer.

Make Employees Feel Valued
Katie Pawley MBA, Consultant, United States
Important to remember: There are many ways that employees can be made to feel valued. People are complicated and have many variables that impact their lives. How to get people to open up and be honest is challenging at times. Management can implement changes for the benefit of the company and employees.

Javier Elenes, Business Consultant, Mexico
I suggest: Nothing GOOD Flourishes without CONTROL.
(Control = early detection of minor deviations).

Peter Drucker Quote on Disorder, Friction and Malperformance
Katie Pawley MBA, Consultant, United States
Peter Drucker said "The only things that evolve by themselves in an organization are disorder, friction and malperformance…"
I continue to reflect on this statement… thought provoking….

Nothing Flourishes Without Attention and Monitoring
@Piero Mella: I agree without proper monitoring and control at every level of execution set goals can not be achieved or realized.

So, what is Attention…
Jose Luis Ramirez Garcia, Analyst
First, you need to GATHER INFORMATION. With that I mean paying attention to the employees and their work environment, see how they work, listen to them...
You have to GIVE FEEDBACK, correct them if needed, educate them, encourage them to focus on goals, clarify how important their jobs are and how through them the objectives are achieved…
You must be able to recognize that things can be done better, whom is best qualified to determine or suggest a process improvement, to make feasible recommendations to the one that is hands on the process with the right information. This will undoubtedly generate a tangible benefit in achieving the goals and objectives...
Finally, learn that even if you may have a lot of experience and wisdom, you can always learn something new, new techniques, new tools, some humility... That finally helps you transcend...
…and the cycle starts all over again…!


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