Leaders plant trees

An old proverb says that the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago and the next best time to plant a tree is today. This could be interpreted in a negative light – a light chiding for the mistake we made 20 years ago. But, I like to look at it differently. To me it says, “you can learn from past mistakes, and that learning manifests when you take action today.” (I know, it’s less elegant). There is absolutely nothing you can do about a 20 year old mistake. And, there is absolutely nothing you can do about a one minute old mistake. The past, no matter how long ago, is past. The core question is: What can we do right now to cement the lessons we have learned up until now? Followed by another question: Are we actually doing it?

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on December 6, 2018

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