The stairstep and the curve

If your roof is leaking, the water in the basement will gradually move up until you’ve got a full-blown flood.

And for most humans, for twenty years, each day we get a little taller.

It’s easy to take this physical reality and imagine that it applies to the way humans improve their skills, or organizations mature and grow.

But they’re usually more quantum than that. One day we’re at one state or scale or system, and then we’re leaping to the next level.

It’s not a curve, it’s a flight of stairs. And leaping takes guts.