By Sonja Chirico Indrebø
When is the necessity such that we are most likely to find new solutions? Do we need to have a big problem or is a small problem but with a long irritation span enough?
I found the Apollo 13 mission a real proof of the heading above, although I’m not sure there were that many mothers amongst the engineers in the Houston Space Center. The problem at hand was that after an explosion onboard the Apollo 13, they had to save on electricity and oxygen. The engineers in Houston faced the problem that although the astronauts could make it back to earth, they would not have enough air to survive the time needed to return. At the space station in Houston they then copied all the parts that they knew where available in the space station and within an extremely short timespan managed to invent a new gadgets that could clean CO2 out of the air so that they could survive.
When do we in our everyday work feel the necessary sense of urgency to put our best efforts together and invent a solution to an important problem? Since I was little and learnt about this story I have always had it in the back of my mind when I have faced a problem – what do I have available and how could that solve the issue I am facing?
Could this be an interesting exercise for you and your team to play the role of the ground team in Houston and sit together and solve issues that you know your business is trying to solve? The start could be the famous words of: Houston we have a problem!
Maybe you need a mother to join :-), at least I fit in that category being the proud mother of three children!! So what do you think it takes for you and your team to get inspired and be innovative together?