Crave companions, not competitors

Crave companions, not competitors. I want people to sail with me through this puzzling and frightening world. I expect to fail at moments on this journey, to get lost—how could I not? And I expect that you too will fail.

Even our voyage is cyclical—we can’t help but move from old to new to old. We will vacillate, one day doing something bold and different, excited over our progress, the next day, back to old behaviors, confused about how to proceed. We need to expect that we will wander off course and not make straight progress to our destination. To stay the course, we need patience, compassion, and forgiveness. We should require this of one another. It will help us be bolder explorers; it might keep us from going mad.

Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World Revised – Margaret J. Wheatley


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