— A Shot is a poignant leadership tip from “a rifle.” Yes, leadership coach, Tom Newhouse, uses a rifle from his farming heritage to “tell it like it is.” —
BEING A FARM RIFLE, I knew the importance of spring planting. Normally calm, Rudy was in a frenzy in the spring. He knew that unless he sowed the seeds in a timely and correct manner, the ground had no chance to produce. Come what may—wind, hail, blight, insects—unless his crop got a good start, nothing else really mattered.
Now there are leaders who think they can reap without sowing. No way! Prosperity is not promised. Tell them for me: You have to sow, to reap! More specifically, you have to sow seeds. It is they that sprout and grow, not the sower. Leaders are like sowers—they have to sow, they have to plant. Sure, they do more later, but unless they plant, nothing else matters. Consider new ideas, new products, new customers, new cost saving measures. I say “new,” as in the newness of spring—the time to plant.