Manufacture Your Day by LEARNING AND GROWING
Today I would like to share the Butterfly Story with you.
It’s a story with great insights. If you try to the the hero by doing the work of your team members for them, you will rather hurt them (and yourself) than help them in the long run. How can they learn and grow?
“A man found a cocoon for a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared, he sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through the little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared stuck.
The man decided to help the butterfly and with a pair of scissors he cut open the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. Something was strange. The butterfly had a swollen body and shrivelled wings. The man watched the butterfly expecting it to take on its correct proportions. But nothing changed.
The butterfly stayed the same. It was never able to fly. In his kindness and haste the man did not realise that the butterfly’s struggle to get through the small opening of the cocoon is nature’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight.
Like the sapling which grows strong from being buffeted by the wind, in life we all need to struggle sometimes to make us strong.”
(Ack Paul Matthews)
If you would like to have more “butterflies” on your team:
- Support the people
- Encourage them
- Develop them
- Instill a mindset of ongoing learning and growing (from mistakes, from the people around them, from constructive feedback, from books and videos, from workshops, etc.)
- Celebrate small and big successes along the way
I can see them flying already. Can you?