There's a wonderful picture of a garden fork and spade that has been decorated with mosaic tiles on Pinterest. It's hugely decorative and everyone seems to want one in their home. They wouldn't, however, be useful when actually gardening.
I wonder how often that's true in business too - where tools are not fit for the job or only for show?
I suspect those of you with gardens will have a number of more useful tools - unless of course someone else does it for you. How many of them you have, how many you use regularly and what they are will depend on a number of factors:
the size of the garden
style/type of garden
the function of your garden
the number of plants
your short/medium and long term objectives
gardening expertise available
enthusiasm and passion for gardening
significant other's views on gardening and use of the garden
their support for your efforts
current condition of the tools
ease of access to the tools
However many you have - the fact remains that you wouldn't:
use a watering can to dig up a weed
use a spade to prune your shrubs
plant your seeds in the compost bin or even
use a hose during a hosepipe ban
Could you say the same for the business area you work in? What tools do you have available and how many of them are you using? Or are they just hanging on the wall next to the award the business won in 1997?
How much more productive could your teams be if they had access to and were using the right tools for the job?
If feel very sad about the amount of negative press recently about the outcome of bad purchasing. I just wish that many organisations would consider their training needs for purchasing before the problems occur and not after when costs, share prices, public perception and customers have been negatively impacted.