Root out ‘tall poppy syndrome’ – it could save your company

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Has tall poppy syndrome taken root in your company? If there’s a tendency to cut ambitious high achieving employees “down to size,” the answer is likely yes.

Tall poppy syndrome takes its name from the idea that gardeners often trim back the tallest flowers to the height of the rest, to maintain a uniform look. That may be a good practice for a formal landscape, but in the workplace, it can lead to low employee morale, workplace toxicity and higher turnover among your top talent.

For the sake of this conversation, we’re refer to high achieving employees and “tall

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