Mule welcomes everyone to The Outliers Inn and introduces this episode’s theme; harvest time. And he kicks-off the conversation by sharing what he is presently harvesting from his garden; including sunflowers. Mule shares how there is some insect that infests the sunflowers and attacks the seeds so that they are empty. Not to be outdone, JP shares that his sunflowers would be just a day or two from being ready to pick and squirrels would beat him to it; gorging themselves on the sunflowers. JP also shares that the fruits in Europe are unusually tiny this year because of the draught that was experienced.
But the conversation soon turns to matters of business, and the harvesting of opportunities with companies wanting to pull in their numbers to end the year with a bang.
However, the business sowing, growing, and harvesting seasons do not (necessarily) follow that of crops. Sometimes it can take moments, sometimes it can take years, for an opportunity sown to be harvested. And also unlike crops, you have to sow many seeds all year long, every year, to have any yield whatsoever.
Sam joins us from Sweden and confesses he is a city-folk and the closest he comes to harvesting crops is going to the grocery store and filling a basket. But like Mule and JP, he is always sowing the seeds of opportunity; with his preferred soil for planting being LinkedIn.
And Stephane rejoins us to share his thoughts on sowing and growing. Being particularly close to the subject, he shares his thoughts on proper soil preparation and maintenance; which does not (necessarily) include spreading a liquid manure concoction over the fields.
It’s a good session with interesting conversations; even as we stretch and contort farming terminology to fit business.