I first heard the term many years ago, from a GM who didn't like me, saw no reason to trust me and rampaged through any possibility of continuation with the company. That might seem like a negative intro, but the programme he didn't want to believe in still managed to break a company record.
When he spoke of this imaginary vine I thought it was disparaging to view people that way. I was indignant that he should so refer to those I'd worked so closely with in the vague disguise of 'potential productivity'.
My mind is made up that thinking of people as vegetational commodities is not a healthy thing to harbour, for it disembodies a culture from its own version of society, the unique quality that makes a company what it is. Perhaps it's protocol, perhaps it's political - wherever it comes from, the language we use to refer to fellow humans says a lot about ourselves. And as the article linked below the pears will attest, grabbing at the easiest target is best re-thought in the long run.
Many believe Carpe Diem makes reference to 'seizing'. Yet the term speaks of harvest, implying the value of a single day in making a difference to the way people feel about Life in general. Harmony created through accord of personas, a shared sense of purpose, a value in the way we spend that which we are given - these are quality philosophies that go a long way in creating a positive culture. Engagement depends on it - the methodology of murmurings has an impact that ripples through the probability spectrum of your organisation.
Should you feel disconcerted at the consequence of change and what it means for you, talk to me. I can help you with a growth plan in ways you might have missed. You may be pleasantly surprised - in fact you can expect to be so, for the magic of a fruiting body is that it seeds the generics for the next generation, and wouldn't you want that harvest to be the best you could have sown?