“Language is the means of getting an idea from my brain into yours without surgery. “ — Mark Amidon

The Washington DC zoo has this very interesting roulette-style wheel located just past the cheetah exhibit. You spin the wheel to find out if you caught your prey, your dinner.

The first time I spun, I was happy to see it said “YES” and then was startled when I read the small print and it said, “the mother attacks you and you drop your prey and run away!”

It was fascinating for me to see the number of ways one could fail to catch and keep the prey.

It took many persistent spins before the prey was successfully captured.

I learned two fun things from this.

First, I am impressed by the people who came up with this idea. Instead of a lot of text or Pareto charts, the inventors of this wheel gave visitors a very tangible way to understand and quickly internalize the difficulty in catching prey.

In what ways can we as leaders provide that level of clarity to our audiences?

I also learned it’s not just about having lots of ideas. It’s about catching them and making meaning of them for ourselves and others.

Yours in the calm pursuit of excellence,

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