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How a 13-Year-Old Can Teach You to Rethink Failure

Earlier this year, I wrote an article about Lucy Westlake and her dad (Rodney) climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.

The post discussed the importance of winning and, more importantly, winning with others as opposed to winning at the expense of others.

“Winning often begets winning, but winning is at its very best when you bring someone or something else with you along the way.”

A Strategic Framework – Easy as PIE

Take a moment to reflect on your grand strategy for your team or organization.

Seriously, take just a moment to sit back and focus on what you plan to accomplish.

Arguably, that exercise has likely revealed that you are in one of three groups:

Group #1: You found this to be a fairly simple exercise as you have invested significant resources to create your plan. You have paid the price in time, energy, and intellectual bandwidth to create the plan. Congratulations. This is good news, but is likely destined for disappointment as you don’t have a process in place to execute the strategy.

Understanding Another’s Perspective

Imagine two people are sitting at opposite sides of the same table. Between them sits a beautiful bouquet – in a simple glass vase. The assortment of flowers and greenery is simply amazing.

Each person is asked to write a description of the flowers. Later the descriptions are compared. They appear to be very different – near opposites.

Stop Fighting that Thing

Perhaps it is time for you (for me) to stop fighting against that thing.

Perhaps it is time to step back; revisit your approach, and to explore a new way. Allow the wisdom that you’ve gathered through proactive learning and experience to inform you of a new way forward.

This doesn’t mean you give up on your goals, it merely means that you might find a way to accomplish them that doesn’t require fighting.