There are no two snowflakes that are alike! Well sort of.
Posted on April 23, 2015
Have you ever heard how that now two snowflakes are alike? Well, thanks to science we now know that is a statement that is more based on opinion than facts. You see in an article published back in 2012 we see the problem in comparing them. The article was in LiveScience and here is what is stated.
“How likely is it that two snowflakes are alike? Very likely if we define alike to mean that we would have trouble distinguishing them under a microscope and if we include the crystals that hardly develop beyond the prism stage—that is, the smallest snow crystals,” Nelson said.
“Good luck finding them though,” he added. “Even if there were only a million crystals and you could compare each possible pair once per second—that is, very fast—then to compare them all would take you about a hundred thousand years.”
From the perspective of the person shoveling snow, it all looks the same. It is only when we stop and pay close attention that we see the difference. I want to tell you that I am currently writing this while it is 80 degrees outside, and the sun is shining. I am sitting outside with my sunglasses on. I just thought I would throw that in.
When it comes to leadership, it is easy to see a team and make the assumption that everyone is the same. As leaders, we can not make that false assumption. Just as assuming that all of the snowflakes are the same is a false statement, team members are just as unique.
Each person on the team has unique gifts and talents that they bring to the table. They have experiences that determine how they use those gifts. When you add personalities and education, you are faced with a plethora of ingredients that all come together to make the team. In the wise words written in the Bible, Paul compares individuals as many parts of one body. We each have a contributing part of the operation.
The challenge for us as leaders is to understand each part and make sure that the parts are operating within their giftedness. There are many different surveys and tests that you can provide for your team to help you understand their personalities and their gifts however just giving them the tests does not solve the problem. It is what you do with the information that determines your success as the leader.
This week’s experiment is centered around getting to know your team. After all, how well do you actually know them? You need to ask yourself, is anyone in the wrong position based on their gifts? Do you have anyone in the perfect spot?
How you answer those two questions will determine the success of your team.