Leadership learning’s from the Rubik cube


However many permutations there are to “conquer the cube”(see footnote) there are 6 squares that cannot be moved!

  1. We need to understand the constraints we work with in our workplace
  2. Know that there may be some things we can never change (unless we break the rules – or break the cube into pieces)
  3. We all need a reality check to understand the culture and structures we are working within
  4. Know what is achievable to be successful

Remember that to change one thing inevitably leads to many changes.

  1. When you move one square into place you actually move 12 squares
  2. When you influence change and direction in your business your actions ripple through all corners of the business and the people who work there
  3. Understand the consequences of what we do for they may be further reaching then we intended or anticipated

You have to sometimes give up in the short term to achieve in the long run.

  1. Remember when you did the Cube? You had squares in place only to take them out of line to get other colors in place
  2. Sometimes in business you have to take out what seems to work and put it back later in a new context
  3. We need to remember even when we move to the new way there are some old ways that can always have a place
  4. Understanding that change is not suited to everyone in the same way means being adaptable

Always keep this Leadership thought when you go about your business. (And the Cube!)

  1. Grant me the Serenity to accept the things that I cannot change. The Courage to change the things that I can and the Wisdom to know the difference

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubik’s_Cube

Permutations The original (3×3×3) Rubik’s Cube has eight corners and twelve edges. [21] There are  approximately forty-three quintillion. [22] A Rubik cube has 6 sides and by 2009 had sold 350 millions.

Inspired by reading Leadership Prayers by Richard Kreigbaum and the SERENITY Prayer

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Managing Director - Human Capital Europe and USA - My ability is to recognize ingrained assumptions and patterns of operation that aren’t productive, and offer practical, cost-effective and value-based solutions.

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