Would you feed and water a plant just once?

Looking after your plants - understanding and tending to their needs, and nurturing the right environment - helps them flourish.

It seems odd that organisations don't always take this approach with their greatest asset.

Onboard. Induct. Leave to perform.

Limited (or no) further investment, training or reviews of the environment or culture; no challenging of ineffective processes and policies.

And we're then surprised when they wilt.

Engagement and culture aren't about one-off grandiose activities, such bonuses, a new site opening or pyjama day.

It's about tending to and cultivating the environment and people.

IMO, that tending and nurturing is the core role of a leader.