“If you are curious, you’ll find the puzzles around you. If you are determined, you will solve them. ”
Erno Rubik, noted for the quote above, created the Rubik’s Cube. I bet you’ve played one. Perhaps you even own one. Did you know that there are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 (43 quintillion) ways to scramble a Rubik’s Cube?
Humans are like cubes. At birth, we start off as a “clean slate”, all squares are in perfect order (even if your mom told you that you soiled too many diapers and wouldn’t stop crying).
Over time our squares become scrambled. This goes back to my middle gray concept. Look at the person to your left and right, they are all knotted, twisted, snarled and jumbled….so are you…so am I. We are all scrambled in a different order and to a different degree.
No scrambled cube can be solved with a single twist. Mankind’s impatience naturally bleeds over into our leadership philosophy. I have observed countless leaders, managers, couples, parents and coaches who expect to *solve the cube* without spending *time with the cube*. Worse still, sometimes they yell at the cube as if to say, “go solve yourself“. Some will try to take the forbidden shortcut by removing and replacing all the stickers, not knowing that replacing a corner sticker will make the cube entirely unsolvable. This means there is no room for verbal, mental or physical abuse! This is a pathetic short term solution and a failed long term resolution.
THE CHALLENGE: Stop pretending that everyone’s cube should look like yours. Stop pretending that anyone else’s cube can be solved overnight. Stop pretending that your own cube won’t get worse before it gets better. Be patient with yourself and with others! My goal as a leader, my goal with this blog, is to turn the cube of anyone I can influence just a turn or two in the right direction. That’s it. Simple as that. One turn and I’m satisfied. Two turns and I’m thrilled. You have a whole life to live and a whole bunch of people to meet who will help get you “squared” away. Thank you for allowing me the chance to put a couple of matching squares back together. Many of you have done the same for me!