O Captain! My Captain! (Read time 0:57)
According to Google, the FAA, popular belief, and Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers), many plane crashes are the result of pilot/captain error. And most of those errors fall under the category of miscalculations, miscommunications, misunderstandings, language or cultural confusion, misinterpreted flight plans or lack of experience. Just so happens, most artistic and entrepreneurial projects crash for the same reasons. This is good information to know before you launch your next project so you can hopefully avoid slamming into the side of a mountain.
If you’re the Captain of your ship, and you’re currently sailing through rough seas, perhaps you’re the one causing the project to slow or stall. Or perhaps you’re the one rushing the process because you’re anxious and impatient, or running out of resources, or can’t secure funding. Or perhaps your promotion/marketing/sales team isn’t getting your message. Or perhaps it’s time to revisit the flight plan (if there is one) and re-communicate your vision in a more direct, clear manner. Or perhaps it’s time to allow others to take the lead—or hire a consultant or coach to point the way. Or, more importantly, perhaps it’s time to let go of your need to prove something, or to be right.
Question is, as the CEO of your world, are you willing to launch a half-ass project just to “get it out there?” Or are you committed to doing everything in your power to produce a “full-ass” project that will strengthen your brand and blow away your fans & customers? Every success (or failure) stands on the shoulders of leadership.
O Captain! My Captain!
|Posted By JJ Biener|
| Shoot the Engineers |
There is an old saying in the tech world that says roughly, "Sometimes you just have to shoot the engineers and go into production." In the effort to produce a "full-ass project", it is possible to fall into analysis paralysis and not accomplish anything. Being successful means being able to navigate the rocky shoals to get to "good enough".
|Posted By Jeannie|
| Going For It |
Thanks again, Michael, for your wisdom. Just wanted to say, I am an independent recording artist and have been working on my up-coming second CD for at least 3 years now. I've had problems getting funding for this project, have a family, and other potential distractions from completing it. But, with all of that said, I am determined to "get it out there" asap. So I just wanted to comment on the "full-ass" vs. the "half-ass" point above. I'm definitely all for "full-ass" but sometimes I think you just have to use whatever means you have to just "get it out there". Not saying it shouldn't be as quality as possible but, when the clock is ticking, and you know you have something very worthy to offer, I say go for it.
|Posted By Rachel|
| Captain, wearing the ship..I said ship mate's Hat.. |
Sometimes taking the lead means you serve..serve..ser..the other's on board so that the project can be completed..Big task sometimes, and takes patience and faith that what one is working for is worthy... Have a really awesome day! and Thanks! Rachel
|Posted By mark|
| Seeing Projects Through |
Mental mistakes basically. Or just not committing enough to a good project to see it through. Or it just plain sucks. Such as a song,play list or new songs you've created. Mark
|Posted By Steve Gold|
| Ride Captain! |
Great to hear from Mr. Pinera. I loved his song "Ride Captain Ride!" I'm currently the CEO of a small film company with 14 employees. Most times I feel like a baby sitter. The toughest part of my job is motivating the staff to produce the results I want. The problem is, What I want and what they want are two different things. Often I think I'm too friendly, too lenient. Your blogs are always thought provoking, and provide so much wisdom and direction. Thank you so much.
|Posted By Mike Pinera|
| Captain Rides Again |
As co-writer,singer,lead guitarist of the hit song "Ride Captain Ride," I'm often asked if my lyrics had anything to do with the secret spy ship "The Pueblo." When 73 men sailed out of the San Francisco Bay, were captured at sea and made history, these events were the same as my lyrics. I keep saying "not that I know of..." but recently at one of my concerts I met a man who said he knew why my 3rd verse said "no one heard them calling, no one came at all, they were too busy watching those ol raindrops fall." I asked why. He said he was the radio man on the Pueblo and as he transmitted a help signal saying they were about to be captured, it was blocked by a huge storm at sea. Raindrops? Thanks Michael 4 your wisdom.
|Posted By Richard Becker|
| Full-Ass Projects! |
You’re talking to a Captain. A Captain with “full-ass” projects. I read Mr. Gladwell’s book, “Outliers.” I read that most plane crashes were because the co-captains were taught that the Captain knows all, no matter what, and that the co-captains (support staff in my own company) were too Intimidated by the “Captain’s” title to say that the plane may go down.... and so it went down. That was a scenario I pledged to avoid. I loosened up those pretentious barriers in my company, and since then, some very good ideas have made it to the drawing board and a couple have saved my company. And I found out that even I needed an attitude adjustment. If someone in my company isn’t getting my message, I need to communicate
|Posted By Cleveland|
| Expert advice |
I recently hired a consultant to review the processes in my production company. I was sure she would point to a specific department and dump the blame there. To my surprise, and to the chagrin of my own ego, 65% of the problem was with my leadership. My staff wasn’t understanding my message!!! I had to be willing to truly “hear” what she said. Since then, I have worked with her to clean up and clarify my message, motivate and acknowledge my staff, and address the other 35% in multiple departments. I would recommend any “Captain” do this and be willing to change yourself first. It saved my company and gave it new direction and new growth potential.