I saw the movie, First Man, recently, the film about Neil Armstrong, NASA, and the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon. It brought back memories of seeing the lunar landing live as a little kid. Back then I wondered how the astronauts could fly so far and land on the moon when they only had two tiny windows to peer out of.
Leaders and Pilots Need the Same Thing
What I didn't realize as a kid, was the astronauts had the same thing all good pilots rely on: a dashboard filled with instruments that gave them intelligent information and feedback. The dashboard is where they look most of the time. Sure, a little visual confirmation is important. But you can fly all the way to the moon and back without being able to see much.
Airplanes work pretty much the same way
- Big plane.
- Small windshield.
- Big dashboard.
You wouldn't feel good getting on to a plane if you glanced into the cockpit and noticed the pilot didn't have a dashboard.
That would seem like a good reason to pivot 180-degrees and walk back into the terminal.
Same holds true with your car. You need a good dashboard. Sure, with a car you are doing most of the driving with visual confirmation, but you still use the dashboard for everything from monitoring fuel levels to directions to confirming that your engine is running properly.
Whether you are flying beyond the speed of sound or just driving to work, the dashboard instrumentation helps you make the journey more effectively, more efficiently, more safely.
So why is it so many people don't use a dashboard when it comes to evaluating their team's talent and when it comes to developing their team's talent?
Too often that is done only with visual confirmation only--or just by gut. Looks okay, so it must be okay, right?
Looks can be deceiving.
Gut Instinct Isn't Enough
Gut instinct is vital to running a business--any pilot will tell you the value of gut instinct. And visual confirmation is crucial. I think most astronauts would agree.
But the dashboard is equally important so you know at any time where you are relative to where you want to go and what kind of shape you are currently in or will be in when you arrive.
That's why we created the Trigger Dashboard. It shows you the visual landscape of your team and organization.
You can see where you are strong, where you are weak.
It gives you timelines and charts that help you tell at a glance where your opportunities lie and where you are vulnerable.
You can't always tell that with gut instinct or with the naked eye looking at your team, department, or organization.
The dashboard tells the pilot the facts the pilot needs to make smart decisions. Triggers dashboard does the same for business leaders.
It will show you where you are, relative to where you want to go, and it will help you figure out the adjustments you need to make along the way to get where you want to go.
When the Apollo 11 touched down on the moon, Neil Armstrong said, "The Eagle has landed."
A short while later, the mission changed. Now he had to get his crew home. Having the right information on the dashboard in front of him helped him do that too.
Take a look for yourself. Click the button below to check out Trigger Mobile. We think you'll like the dashboard!