No One Knows it All
Recently, our family celebrated
my son’s eighth
Like any parent, I cannot believe
where eight years have gone since I
first held him in my arms. It’s been
a pleasure to experience life with
him and watch him grow.
Of course, not every moment of
parenthood is pure joy. During
a recent moment of conflict, he
looked at me and said, “Hey dad,
you don’t actually know everything
about the world.”
I instantly had one of those
Yosemite Sam cartoon moments—
you know, the kind where you lose
your mind and steam erupts out
of your eyes, ears, and nose. My
blood pressure quickly returned to
normal, but not before I addressed
his poor attitude.
I later reflected on that moment and
realized that as much as I would love
to achieve perfection, I am far from it.
Maybe this kid was onto something,
even though he was being disobedient.
I don’t know everything there is
to know about the world, and I am
certainly not all things to all people.
I can easily
myself and see
that I have my
own share of
thankfully, I work with a multitude
of people who have a variety of
strengths and abilities that I lack.
I don’t need to know it all because
others around me make up for
what I don’t know.
That’s the nature of our workplaces.
Each relies on the diversity of
strengths, skills, and knowledge of
its people to be successful. No one
person has to have it all. Everyone
relies on each other to get the job
done right. And that helps build a
better team and a better sense of
I once heard the word synergy defined
as the power of the whole
being greater than the sum of the
individual parts. Our skills and
knowledge are meant to complement
one another. Which means
none of us needs to actually know
everything about the world.