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Becoming a Successful Manager, Second Edition by J. Robert Parkinson

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10Eliminating Weeds from Your Departmental Garden

If you treat your friends as if they are enemies, someday you won’t be able to tell the difference.

THE SINGLE TOUGHEST CHALLENGE OF gardeners is to make sure weeds don’t invade or take over their garden. Unfortunately, weeds grow faster than desired plants and they rob gardens of vital nutrients. They detract from a garden’s beauty and they require time, money, and energy to eradicate. These are the same time, money, and energy that are needed to promote the growth of your healthy garden. Furthermore, if weeds are allowed to proliferate, they can destroy a previously thriving garden. So, you need to catch them early.

In applying this analogy to your departmental culture, keep in mind this definition: ...

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