Do you love puzzles? Love/hate puzzles?

Have you ever seen or worked on the Sistine Chapel? Well here’s your chance!

Facilities, employee engagement and I are teaming up to provide space In the Main Building foyer to complete a 5,000 piece puzzle of the Sistine Chapel ceiling. It’s been sitting around my house because we don’t have tables/space big enough to spread out and build (the girls and I once did a 3,000 piece puzzle of the Neuschwanstein Castle). So look for an announcement that we’re ready to go. We’d love to finish it by the time students arrive (September 1). Good to have deadlines.

My hard-and-fast requirement of every faculty and staff member is that everyone has to put in at least one piece.

OK . . . maybe not so hard and definitely not very fast. But here are the metaphors (so it only makes sense to start with a simile). This puzzle is like Medaille College.

At the end of the day, when we look at what we’ve accomplished together it will be glorious and it won’t really matter who put in which piece. Or whether you put in 45 pieces and your best colleague put in 50 (unless you want to have side-bar competitions). Most of us won’t even remember which piece(s) we put in. But we should all contribute to the goal.

It will be very messy at first and we might wonder how we’ll ever get it all done, but we will.

Lastly, we’ll notice right away if one piece is missing. It is important that everyone do their part, no matter how small it seems or feels. We’re not complete without everyone. And each piece has the same importance as any other piece.


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