Get yourself some of that sweet low-hanging fruit
Have you ever heard people around your office say “there’s some low-hanging fruit we need to take care of”? What’s does that actually mean, there’s a fruit tree in the office?
“Kelly, there’s some low-hanging fruit we need taking care of in the sales queue.”
Despite what this sounds like, low-hanging fruit isn’t actually about fruit – but it is about prioritisation.
You see, when you consider a fruit tree, it is usually the low-hanging fruit that is the quickest and easiest to grab – this saying comes from farmers who can quickly and easily grab the lowest fruits first, before setting up equipment to reach the fruit at the top of the tree.
- the most easily achieved of a set of tasks, measures, goals, etc
- “Kelly, there’s some low-hanging fruit we need to take care of”
- “If you fix the low-hanging fruit first, then we can free up some resources to work on the Big Hairy Audacious Goals next month”
Have you heard this saying around your office – does it irritate you when you hear people use this, or are you a culprit of using this lingo?