"We need to fail down there so we don’t fail up there"
I watched First Man recently. First off, great movie, don't listen to the critics. After hearing the above quote, I paused the movie and immediately wrote it down.
As I reflect on 4 years of DX, that's pretty much why we started DX...it's our purpose! We can only shape organizations worth working for when we first fail and learn. It is then when we can grow. I link the failing to self-awareness. The journey to betterment starts by owning up to the idea that you are not perfect, you never were, and you never will be. Without knowing your blind-spots and what you need need to improve - how will we know what great looks like?
In the movie, they didn't just theorize how to get to the moon, they practiced. Practiced. Practiced. Failed in safe places. Learned. Failed again. And kept failing till they succeeded. They didn't put a man on a moon by blind luck.
Why does the same message get lost on organizations and leadership? That's what we have been put on this planet for. We are your partner that allows your leaders to fail down there, so they don't fail up there.
The last 4 years defined us. We survived more than 68% of start-ups. The next 4 years will shape us. Thank you to everyone involved in believing. While we have a long way to go, thanks to many progressive DX'ers, clients, suppliers and friends/family, we're still here to get your leaders there.