A skyrocket is launched from some stand. A platform, startup, idea, invention, or innovation all lead to how something can skyrocket to success through stages.
“Rocket launch technologies” generally refers to the entire set of systems needed to successfully launch a vehicle, not just the vehicle itself, but also the firing control systems, ground control station, launch pad, and tracking stations needed for a successful launch and/or recovery.
Just as hard to pull off, company launches pass through stages and need external services to be successful. Kickstarter programs, Incubators, Hackathons, and programs like Bizspark look and feel like the systems supporting supporting launch control. While I am stretching the analogy, they all require some infrastructure and location to launch from. Once that support system is established the idea, invention, or innovation the launch vehicle needs to release its power in stages that vault the next stage to success. These stages are designed up front and understood by each of the support systems to insure complete success. Today, we need to have more discussion around staged execution and how the team can let go in stages.
Rocket stages are designed with a set of requirements similar to pivots in business models. Knowing what stage you are in and when to fire the next is not as predetermined as a rock launch, but every bit as critical. The CEO – Founder needs to know that there are stages to design for. How to stage the transitions and pull the triggers. Even if that means going with one of the stages. Letting go is knowing that all things are on the table and that being instrumental in those pivots sets the stage for more success. While you can’t plan business like a rocket, being clear of how to propel it to success takes the same knowledge of stages and preparation.
Letting go also means trusting your ground team as well as the team members in the launch rocket. It’s not enough to show leadership and trust among the core team members, it critical to convey that confidence and trust to the entire systems that is supporting the launch and choosing when to pivot through stages. Each stage has it’s own metrics and test points. At any time one member of the core team has to pull the trigger to launch a new stage. The real leader knows to let each team member execute while being prepared to step in as needed. Or, let go. Sacrifice for the good of any mission is the hallmark of why a team truly stays together.
Is every member of your team holding on tightly to one another through trust? Trusting that if the worst came, any one of them would let go for mission success?