Learn How to Create a Moonshot Culture In Your Company
Here are two Moonshot Culture hacks I learned from Astro Teller, the world’s authority on Moonshots:
- Train Your Team’s Thinking: This first hack helps to put your team into the Mindset of accepting and encouraging Moonshot thinking.
- Weird is Good: You give your team massive congratulations for any 10X idea—no matter how insane. Remember how fragile these ideas can be. If you show the slightest disdain for one of these ideas, it will be the last “Moonshot” idea that you get from that person.
- Quick Kills are Good: Once you instill the idea that weird is good, now you’re ready to show them that you actually value “intellectual honesty.” Work with them to explore whether the idea can work, or if there’s a fatal flaw. In most cases, you can kill the idea on the whiteboard before you even leave the room… If they are successful in figuring out why the idea won’t work, congratulate them again, and give them another hug and compliment.
Show your team that they can earn “bonus points” for: (a) raising a crazy idea, and (b) even more bonus points for then killing the idea!
- Create a “Learning List”: Learning from your mistakes is critical to creating an environment conducive to creating and achieving Moonshots.
This is where the idea of a Learning List comes in. You can use it by following four steps:
Step 1: Ask your team to create a list of action items in order of priority.
Step 2: Once your team delivers you their action list, you say, “Humor me and re-order your list so that the items at the top of your list would teach you the most in this project, giving you the biggest insights that you don’t yet have.”
Step 3: You then say, “Now go do the top two things on your Learning List.”
Step 4: Finally, when they complete those top two items, ask them to create a NEW list organized by importance. Chances are that this new list won’t look anything like the original list. That’s why we do things in “Learning Order.”
The lesson from this hack is to fall in love with the learning process—not with what you’ve built.
How do you think these Moonshot Culture hacks will work in your company?
Are you clear on which of your team members are the right fit for the 1,000% Growth Team versus the 10% Growth Team? ”
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