Small World Coffee: Virtual Coffee Chat

From the Mind of Albert Einstein

I heard this quote from a scientist on one of my favorite podcasts called People Behind the Science.  Dr. Eric Green mentioned this quote as a treasured reminder for the work he does as a researcher. 

Thinking of Albert Einstein made me want to stop into a place in Princeton, New Jersey for my next virtual coffee date. I picked Princeton because it became Einstein's home when he came to the United States in 1933. 

Join me for a virtual visit to Small World Coffee and let's ponder the quote by Einstein  a bit more. He said, "If we knew what it was we were doing, it wouldn't be called research, would it?" 

Conversation over Coffee

Now that we each have a drink in and we've settled down for a conversation, I start with this contention:

This same quote can be applied to leadership. Having a vision is the known part of leadership.  However, once a person starts on the path of achieving that vision there is no way to know what will happen next. I contend that the leadership process is a lot like a scientific experiment with a hypothesis. We know where we want to go. We have an idea much like a scientist has an idea.  However we learn so much in the process of working toward a vision.  We don't know what we are doing, we just imagine and start taking action. 

What do you think?

Do you think leaders know what they are doing?

When it comes to leading children, do we know what we are doing?

Tweet me your thoughts.


Cup of Leadership is...

a blog for people who lead children.
Deanne Bryce is a writer for young children and an advocate for personal leadership at all ages. This post is part of a series of posts where we  engage in a virtual coffee chat.  It is a chance for people who lead children to take a break and reflect on leadership strategies.  In addition we get to virtually visit coffee shops around the world in order to gain a fresh perspective. Suggest a virtual visit or leadership topic by connecting on Facebook or Twitter.