Looking back – The Importance of Reflection
‘Shooting for the Moon’ – Learning from the Moon Landing on Success
Richard Wiseman sets the scene for the conference with his book “Shoot For The Moon”. Wiseman was the first to interview the mission controllers who got man to the moon, wanting to dive deep into the mindset of success and project management. He takes us through the failures, including the January 1967 fatality, which led to the victory two years later. As well as the Kennedy mindset of “go away and think bigger”, enabling a group of middle American twenty-somethings the chance to achieve the impossible by the end of the decade. The lack of ego, combined with their drive and passion “to do their bit”, allowed for a successful team that spoke only as “we” and “us” rather than “I” and “me”. Wiseman talks of 8 key points to achieving the “Apollo Mindset”. My top three favourites were preparedness, the power of small wins and openness to mistakes. Essentially, getting on with it and working hard without ego stopping you!
I was inspired listening to how the world came together in celebration as they watched the most televised event in history (over 53 million households to be exact). I asked Wiseman about where we are now in this individualist society fuelled by social media likes and shares, would we ever be able to have a similar global moment like this again? His optimistic side hopes we will.
Considering the current worldwide issue of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), it seems as if it may be the perfect time to tap into the 1969 spirit of working together rather than isolating ourselves as siloed countries and regions. Some individuals have already embraced this collective mindset – check out the BBC’s article on acts of kindness during this unique time to get inspired here.