In this edition ... Apollo 13 Shows How Leaders Can Navigate Crisis... My Easter Weekend Soundtrack... On the path of Mastery...
Here is your weekly installment of Tuesday Traction Points - Key things I'm seeing and experiencing that give me, and the entrepreneurs I work with, Traction!
Fifty years later, Apollo 13 shows how leaders can navigate crises
Like Apollo 13, leaders might have only one shot at getting their strategy and execution right in the wake of a global pandemic.
BY JONATHAN MAGID AND WILL BUSCH III 4-11-2020 in Fast Company
Apollo 13 launched on April 11, 1970, with the set mission to land on the moon, but an explosion on the spacecraft prompted NASA to abruptly cancel the lunar landing in favor of a far more critical objective: return three astronauts safely to Earth.The 50th anniversary of this near-tragedy could not come at a more relevant time. Although saving three lives on an aborted space flight is not quite the same as saving millions of lives and the global economy, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced a rapid response to a pressing new reality as humankind works toward doing so in the face of inadequate provisions and grim predictions.
Click through to read the article ... and when you do... Pay attention to the last two tips (without big sub-headings) ... about your culture and use of outside advisors. For my EOS users, can you see how using your Tools and Disciplines makes you strong in the skills exhibited by the Apollo 13 crew?
For Apollo 13 leadership lessons, click here. (4 minutes)
Music I've Been Listening to ...
This music changed me over the weekend.
I know the Easter story, but hearing it from the perspective of Peter, Thomas, Judas, Mary, and Martha truly brought new feeling and insight. I've yet to make it through a listen without a tear.
I participated in a virtual 3-hour Handel's Messiah sing-along on Saturday evening. I have loved that music for years. But I would put the Lamb of God up there as the Easter oratorio of the 21st century.
With London Symphony Orchestra and Spire Choir...
Listen on spotify
Listen on youtube
Book I Read This Week
MASTERY - The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment
Just five minutes into this one, I started to wonder where it had been my whole life!
Wow! What an accessible yet power-packed book. With stories from his experience, Leonard illuminates the distinctions of what mastery is ... and what it is not. For example he describes paths like the Hacker, the Dabbler, and the Obsessive that may look like mastery at first, but never really get there.
This is a quick read but so very rich. Once you understand the Keys that open the doors to mastery, you get a set of Tools that help you stay on the path.
Read this one to get reinvigorated in your quest for lifelong learning. Your eyes will be opened to the possibilities of paths to pursue, and you'll be better equipped for growth and mastery in the paths you are already on!
Read Mastery by George Leonard (176 small pages - around 3 hours). I grabbed a used copy for cheap!