Friday, October 29, 2010

Mission - Man on the Moon

Yesterday I came across a fantastic example of how mission well defined and communicated can help teams focus their passion to the success of a single cause. John F Kennedy (President of USA), while addressing joint houses of congress in 1960, proclaimed that the US will put a man on the moon before the end of the decade. That became whole country's the mission. Something that was never thought of at that time started looking possible now... Everyone said, "Yes we are going to put man on the moon before the end of the decade". In the US, one out of four jobs in that era were connected with the space program. One day one of the mission executives was visiting a computer manufacturing facility and wanted to see how empowered people feel. He saw an old lady with a bucket and a brush in her hand, cleaning stairs. He asked her what was her job. And with a surprised look she responded - "My Job? My job is to put a man on the moon". Rest, as they say, is a history.Not only man was put on the moon but was also brought back safely.

That my friends is the power of vision / mission. 

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