(“The rocket exploded. So why did SpaceX pop champagne?” is a quote from The New York Times)
I know many leaders who wouldn’t have congratulated their people on the explosion of a big project on launch day.
The quality of good leadership is to recognize your role and your goals!
“Mr. Musk offered congratulations to the SpaceX team on Twitter. “Learned a lot for next test launch in a few months,” he said.” (NY Times)
By such a simple act, Mr. Musk creates an agile and innovative culture:
🚀 Healthy failure culture.
Mistakes are a sign of hard work and courageously pushing the limits.
🚀 Psychological safety.
Show me the team that celebrates and cheers while the project shows a “rapid unscheduled disassembly” on launch day – and I show you an agile, innovative and successful company.
🚀 Fearlessly seeking learning opportunities.
The value is in the learning, not in the rocket.
While most leaders aim to avoid such big explosions, great leaders create a culture in which such explosions are a reason to celebrate.