Maybe you have seen the show Apollo 13? In situation you’re new to it, it isn’t the follow-up to Apollos 1 through 12. It’s a nail-biter from the movie that informs the actual story in the ill-fated-and almost disastrous-Apollo 13 mission for the moon. At the risk of ruining it to suit your needs, the crew of Apollo 13 never visited the moon. Rather, they nearly died when an onboard explosion got virtually impossible to enable them to return safely to Earth.
For your crew of Apollo 13, combined with the support personnel on the ground, it had been the epitome from the high-pressure situation.
Also to effectively survive this high-pressure situation-to solve the myriad apparently impossible problems-they’d to improvise. They’d to create ideas, under severe time restraints (oxygen inside the spacecraft was rapidly drained), combined with the lives of three astronauts hanging inside the balance.
I realize… often it appears like this in the workplace too, doesn’t it?
At occasions similar to this, you will need just what the crew and support personnel of Apollo 13 needed: ideas. Then when everything’s hanging inside the balance, it doesn’t really matter where the ideas result from.
However, many leaders are not appearing to acquire this.
Some leaders, when confronted with a greater-pressure situation, shut everyone else out – or, in the best, listen only to a little, select group at or near their hierarchical level.
And that’s a mistake.
Because the truth is advisable will come from anybody, at any level. Once the idea from Joe, the next shift custodian, is one which saves the astronauts, isn’t that what really matters?
But too often, as leaders, we let our egos obstruct. We feel that simply we could solve the problem which getting credit for your option is more valuable when compared with solution itself. And that’s the kind of believing which will eliminate the astronauts within your world.
Harry Truman once mentioned something interesting:
“It’s amazing what you might accomplish… if you don’t care who’ll obtain the loan.”
In the high-pressure situation, ideas (and options) will probably be your best buddies. Kind you have to limit them?
Once, once i was producing my comedy Tv program Almost Live!, a guest canceled within the last second. Okay, no astronauts would die… nevertheless it had been a greater-pressure situation personally. The entire cast and crew contributed ideas, including my least expensive-compensated author. His suggestion was that possibly he could fill time around the program-whenever we could easily get some liquid nitrogen.
Incidentally, my least expensive-compensated writer’s name was Bill Nye.
Which night, he increased to get Bill Nye the Science Guy.