Space probe

by Baden Hunt, Project Coordinator, LIW

 

It took nine years to travel across 5 billion kilometres for a photo shoot at 30,000km/h. The New Horizons interplanetary space probe, which was launched as part of NASA’s New Frontiers program, was a great demonstration of Jim Collins’ notion of a stretching BHAG or Big Hairy Audacious Goal. It’s a goal that you want to really care about.

Students at Sydney’s Pittwater House School had a closer-to-home experience when they were asked to construct an unknown object. Later it was revealed that they were in fact building prosthetic limbs for land mine victims in under-developed countries.

What does this mean for leadership?

One student simply commented; “It’s so much easier to work when you have a purpose or end-result that you care about”.

Some journeys are longer than others, but making it meaningful is an everyday leadership skill.