Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 8/27/18
We feed the birds year-round, mainly because I like to watch the feeders from my den window. (My current “squirrel proof” feeders do frustrate all but the most innovative Sciurus carolinensis.) During the summer, the birds spill some of the seeds and others pass right through their systems. The result is giant and numerous sunflowers all around the feeders.
The sunflowers attract goldfinches, which help pollinate everything, and they, of course, hang around to eat and distribute more seeds. This happens every year to the point that some of the sunflower stalks topple under their own weight.
I have an ecosystem of sorts. I’m observing a mensural phenomenon.
While the birds are involved in all this in order to survive, I’m shocked that with our sentience, we’re often unable to create synergies—we miss the fact that excellent service creates more referral business or that doing what you promised to do will get you the benefit of the doubt when you simply can’t manage to do it, even with the best intentions.
Merely “getting big” isn’t the point, or we’ll topple under our own weight. We need to contribute, to be part of a healthy system where win/win is the goal and not today’s politics of win/lose.
I want to pay homage here to the late Senator John McCain, in my book a true hero, statesman, and patriot, no matter what your politics.
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