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Leadership and Rubik's Cubes

Aug 21, 2021

by Aubrey Patterson


When we strive for perfection, we have a vision that not only includes an exciting destination, but also a smooth journey.

If you’ve ever tried to solve a Rubik’s Cube, you most certainly have experienced this.

Our first move is a fairly predictable move that gives us temporary satisfaction when we arrange a single row of the puzzle to be one color. With a little more thought and effort, we advance to having the colors match on one side of the cube. 

We might enjoy a momentary celebration and become eager to complete two sides!

But alas, we encounter a terrible dilemma: In order to complete the next side of the cube, we must mess up the perfection we just enjoyed.

Our next move requires messing up our previous progress in order to exceed our current achievements.

Whether we're trying to solve a puzzle, build new habits, or sail as a team toward a lofty goal, embracing organized chaos is intrinsically tied to any big success.

And leadership messes inevitably induce some measure of discomfort, frustration, and worry.

However, when we accept failing forward, we start to see opportunities, rather than problems, and challenges won't serve as anchors holding us back but become additional wind to fill our sails.


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