As a staff we've been going through a leadership study on DVD by Henry Cloud called, White Board | Red Couch. It's excellent! Seriously. Go out and get it.
- If I am the fig tree in this story, there are factors outside of myself that need to be in place for me to produce fruit. Without quality soil and fertilizer in place the fig tree will never produce as it's designed to do. In my life, without someone in my life coaching, challenging, pointing out weaknesses, encouraging, etc, nothing will get better. Trying harder doesn't work.
- Producing fruit does nothing to further produce fruit. In fact, producing fruit takes nutrients away from the tree. This concept of an advocate needs to be a continual process, not a one-time-shot.