The Paper Airplane Principle
“If a square peg doesn’t fit a round hole, neither the peg nor the hole is to blame.” ~ Jeffrey Bryant.
Have you ever created a paper airplane and tried throwing it into the wind?
I am sure the paper airplane flew; however, I bet its flight did not last very long. I am sure you walked over to the paper airplane, picked it up, made a few adjustments and then threw it again in the opposite direction.
Most likely, the outcome was completely different. I am positive that you smiled as you watched it get further away from you as you just witnessed the paper airplane fly. That is the Paper Airplane Principle at work.
The Paper Airplane Principle is about using the environmental conditions, making the appropriate adjustments to the airplane and modifying your throwing power to get the maximum experience.
The Paper Airplane Principle can be applied to personal development, leadership, and success.
We will look at each one and provide you will “brain food” so you can marinate on it and discover how you may apply the Paper Airplane Principle to an aspect of your life.
Here are three applications to use the Paper Airplane Principle in different areas of your life. Click the links below for a more information on each area.
- Personal Development: Learn how to adapt the principle to achieve more success in your life.
- Leadership and Coaching: Discover how you can use this to help coach and lead your team and team members to greatness.
- Process and Application: Flying a paper airplane with distance has a certain process that must be applied in order to get the maximum distance and experience.
Teach the Paper Airplane Principle:
Here is a great way to teach a sales team and leaders to learn the Paper Airplane Principle.
- Paper – Use different types of paper even to include construction paper.
- Tape – You need to use this to create a starting spot on the floor in two different directions.
- Tape Measure – This is optional in case you want to measure the distance of the airplanes from the starting spot.
- Camera: Take pictures of the group and winners.
Rules and Setup: Make it a competition: Let them know you there will be
- Create a Paper Airplane: Provide different types of paper to your audience. Let them make a paper airplane of their own designed. Have them put their name on it. Give them five minutes.
- Throw the Airplane: Everyone gets to throw their airplane from spot number one.
- Measure or Note: Measure and note the top three throws after round one.
- Make Adjustments: Give everyone two minutes to adjust their airplanes after their first throw.
- Repeat Step Three: Everyone gets to throw again from spot number two.
- Repeat Step Four: Measure and note the top three throws after round one.
- Repeat Step Five: Give the top six people two minutes to adjust their airplanes after their second throw.
- Final Throw: Have them throw it from spot number one.
- Measure and Announce: Measure the planes and announce the top three winners.
Review and Teach:
Question to pose:
- What adjustments did they make after their first throw?
- Did they throw it harder?
- Why did they choose their paper?
- Why did they choose that design?
Review one or all of these applications. Have an open discussion.