The Butterfly and the Passerby

Ah-ha Moment

One morning, a passerby saw the butterfly struggling to break free from its cocoon. Taking pity on the insect he decided to help the little creature escape the confines of its existence. He reached down and gently removed the remaining cocoon away from the young butterfly.

The grateful butterfly looked up at the man and said he would now reward the man by showing him his beautiful new wings.

However, as the butterfly attempted to flutter and fly, he found he could not do so.

“In your kindness, dear sir,” said the former caterpillar, “you have robbed me of the ability to strengthen my muscles and now I will die.”

The same principle is true about cultivating future leaders and employees. People grow from mistakes. Perhaps it is their own mistake or keen observance of another person’s mistake. They also grow from witnessing or experiencing successes. These experiences chip away at the cocoon. Insulating people from sharing in both successes and, yes even failures, delays or completely destroys the potential of employees.