A Matter of Climate: Identifying the Right Saplings for Your Environment

Every spring, my husband and I drive to our local nursery and select plantings for our garden. Without fail, I find myself attracted to some flowers that require growing conditions that we simply do not have. Admittedly, some years I'm able to convince my spouse to purchase these beauties anyway, thinking they're way too pretty to pass up. But the results are predictable every time. Halfway through the growing season, we have to get out in the yard and pull a bunch of dead plants. A similar pattern occurs in organizations: Leaders convince themselves that certain candidates will grow and prosper, even though these people are obviously not well suited for the climate in ...

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