The term rocket science is a proxy for something complicated, convoluted, and intellectually difficult. When we want to quickly convey or dissipate arduousness and complexity, we label it “rocket science” (or “not rocket science.”). And more often than not, I hear that things are not rocket science (and, really, rocket science isn’t even rocket science to rocket scientists).
So why don’t we take rocket science out of the equation. Let’s focus on “rocket conviction:” the willingness to establish values based upon a set of beliefs, build a practice based upon them, accept what you are willing to take on and let go of, and move in a path with this foundation. Yes, it’s imperfect. Of course, mistakes will be made. Sure, there might be a different (better?) way. But when you choose to put complexity on the shelf, you now have something to work with.
We know enough about the best organizations in the world and the best practices in terms of leadership development, career development, personal development, etc. Shouldn’t we get it by now?