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Harnessing Nature’s Wisdom for Effective Leadership

Welcome to another insightful episode of “Leadership Powered by Common Sense,” where I, Doug Thorpe, had the pleasure of hosting Tabitha Scott, the author of “Powering Change.” Today, we’re diving into a conversation that bridges the gap between the natural world and the boardroom, exploring how the cycles of growth we observe in nature can revolutionize our approach to business and leadership.

The Roots of Change: Inspiration from Nature

Tabitha’s journey, from her humble beginnings on a small farm to her expansive career in finance, investments, technology, and renewable energy, has given her a unique perspective on growth and change. She shared with us the profound realization that the consistent growth cycles in nature are not just a phenomenon of the wild but are deeply applicable to the business world.

Debunking Change Management Myths

In our discussion, Tabitha challenged the traditional notion of change management. With the rapid pace of technological advancements and the unpredictability of external factors, she argued that the concept of controlling change is outdated. Instead, businesses should focus on adapting to the natural growth cycles, much like a farmer who understands and works with the seasons.

Aligning Leadership with Growth Phases

We explored the pitfalls companies face when they fail to recognize and adapt to new phases in their growth cycles. Tabitha underscored the importance of aligning leadership and management strategies with these evolutionary business events, especially when launching new products or driving innovation.

The Power of Energy and Data

Drawing parallels between the principles of nature and organizational management, Tabitha emphasized the significance of understanding the energy and data that propel businesses forward. She shared compelling case studies from her work with billion-dollar companies, demonstrating the successful application of her nature-inspired approach to change.

Listening to the Language of Clients

A key takeaway from our conversation was the importance of listening to clients’ needs and aligning business strategies with their language and priorities. Tabitha and I agreed that common sense leadership is crucial for enacting meaningful and sustainable change, urging leaders to adopt a more inclusive and pragmatic stance on environmental issues and beyond.

Conclusion: Embracing a New Perspective

In conclusion, our enlightening dialogue with Tabitha Scott revealed that the wisdom of nature holds the key to powering change in the business world. By challenging conventional methods and embracing the natural cycles of growth, leaders can steer their organizations towards a more adaptable and resilient future.


I hope this blog post captures the essence of our podcast episode and inspires you to think differently about leadership and change management. Remember, sometimes the most profound insights come from looking outside the confines of our offices and into the timeless wisdom of the world around us.

Guest Bio:

TABITHA SCOTT is a recognized thought leader, innovator, public speaker, and a 2023 Forbes Business Council contributor. She specializes in harnessing human dynamics for sustainable business success and is a bestselling author. Currently, she advises on engagement, innovation, and leadership for major organizations. Tabitha has spearheaded IT strategy during a record expansion phase for a Fortune 400 firm, and has held roles as CEO of Cole Scott Group and Military Assistance Company, as well as SVP of Innovation & Sustainability at Balfour Beatty Investments and Lend Lease Americas, leading significant business shifts.

Renowned for applying energy science to boost organizational innovation and productivity, Tabitha was instrumental in forming the world’s largest solar-powered community, earning White House recognition for her tech advancements. She is a prolific author with contributions to top publications covering energy, behavioral change, and burnout prevention.

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