Advantages of Not Getting It Right

Business coaching starts from where a business actually is, and businesses do not always get things right. This can often be the case in product development.

I was fascinated by this post about the Avro Lancaster, and how only one of three 4-engined British bombers of WW2 were actually designed as such originally. Radical changes due to circumstances and results led to an iconic and very effective aircraft.

I also thought of the humble Post-It note, made possible because 3M had developed a glue so bad that anything stuck with it could simply be peeled off. The need for another employee to reliably but temporarily mark his place in a hymn book led to a highly successful product.

So if at first you don’t succeed, keep trying, and be prepared to look for creative solutions.



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