Paper people cutouts Cultivating performance takes shape when we provide experiences for all people to feel valued, accepted, fulfilled, connected and engaged at work. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Recently my company worked with Jason Lauritsen, industry-renowned employee engagement thought leader, to explore ideas from his new book, Unlocking High Performance. One of the concepts that really stood out during our time together was that of “cultivating” employees to drive their growth.

According to Lauritsen, “There are powerful lessons we can learn from cultivation about how to unlock human potential and performance in the workplace. While humans are certainly more complex than plants, the mindset of cultivation is just as relevant. Humans, perhaps more than any other living thing, are genetically hardwired for growth and performance. It’s natural to us. It’s our default setting.”

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