WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM LEADERS – BOTH GOOD AND BAD?
As in every walk of life, there are examples of both good and bad leaders. We believe that analysing their respective approaches and team dynamics provides case studies for how any organisation can build their perfect team.
COULD YOUR TEAM PUT A MAN ON THE MOON?
In this article we are going to take a closer look at what organisations can learn from the approach taken by John F. Kennedy, and by the end of this piece we will have outlined why his team was able to put a man on the moon.
THE CONTEXT: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE A PERFECT TEAM?
As we have highlighted in one of our most recent articles, our extensive research has resulted in the formation of
12 distinct characters, based on three ways of processing information and seeing the world:
1) The where and when (which we have called the green element)
2) The why and who (which we have called the red element)
3) The what and how (which we have called the blue element)
Having a mixture of these three core elements provides the basis for building a perfect team. All three are vital in order for your organisational equation to add up.
SO, WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM JOHN F. KENNEDY?
If we look at JFK’s ‘man on the moon’ speech and the implementation of his vision, in the context of those three core elements, in short we can say that Kennedy had each part of that equation.
The green element: The green element of JFK’s approach – the where and the when, is the visionary message- “a man on the moon by the end of the decade”. It provides a clear, succinct, inspirational vision of where the US was going and when they were going to achieve it.
The red element: JFK’s red element – the why and the who – provided the galvanising purpose behind the approach. In our experience, the red element truly is a vital part of the equatio