You have probably heard the expression "a hothouse of ideas." It conjures up the image of a person or team brimming with creative concepts. But, what is it about a hothouse that could usefully be applied to the business situation?

Gardeners use hothouses for many things, including:

♦ Growing tender plants from seeds.

♦ Accelerating the growth of plants.

♦ Controlling the environment of a particular plant.

♦ Protecting plants from the harsh climate outside.

You can see how all of these techniques transfer readily to the business environment. Good ideas need to be nurtured. However, what is less well known is what gardeners say to their plants while they are being nurtured. Even Prince Charles is said to talk to his favorite plants.

In a business, in contrast, what you say is essential. Sneering, for example, one of my seven serious sins on page 161, is a disastrous way to treat people. To create an effective hothousing environment, you need to develop a language that rewards the tentative, encourages the sharing of ideas, promotes hunches, values insights, and gives constructive feedback at appropriate moments.

Comments such as the following are obviously helpful:

"That sounds great." "I am really excited to hear that." "How could we try it out?" "Let's explore how that would look."

How To Accomplish More In A Fraction Of The Time

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The pace and intensity of our lives, both at work and at home, leave several of us feeling like a person riding a frantically galloping horse. Our day-to-day incessant busyness too much to do and not enough time; the pressure to produce and check off items on our to-do list by each day’s end seems to decide the direction and quality of our existence for us.

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