Quick Take: Outcomes and Butterflies

The Blue Morpho butterfly has the most vibrant blue color seen anywhere in nature. And yet, it contains no blue pigment. Blue pigment is how most things (natural or not) look blue.

99.9% of the time1 when you want blue, you’d use a blue pigment. That’s the way it is done most of the time, and it is natural to assume that if you want something to be blue, pigments might be the best/only way to do it.

But if you’re getting the outcomes you want, why do you care what process is used?

This is is a good example of the types of outcomes you can get as a leader when you focus on ‘what’ you want rather than ‘how’ your team does the work.

Focus on the outcome. Focus on ‘what’ you want. And be supportive and enthusiastic when you get ‘what’ you want, even if it isn’t done ‘how’ you expected it would be.

  1. It is a well known fact that 67% of statistics are made up on the spot. ↩︎