The Paper Airplane Principle – Leadership and Coaching
You are probably wondering what Walt Disney has to do with the Paper Airplane Principle. We will get to that, but you may want to read about the Paper Airplane Principle if you have not yet before you learn how to apply this principle.
Leadership Application: Having the right people in the right roles are the greatest assets in any team, company or organization. That means it is extremely important to discover a person’s strengths and weaknesses quickly. This will allow them the opportunity to obtain maximum success. You want to place them in the right role or position. You have never seen a 5’9” NBA basketball player playing center for their team. That does not allow them to utilize their strengths. It places them in a position that weakens their spirit and does not allow them the opportunity to contribute positively to the team.
The same goes for you as the leader. You weaken your success by not having people in the right roles. If you do not place the person in a role they could succeed in, you could lose an employee with a million dollar idea, concept or product. It is a disservice to that person by not having them in the right role where they can contribute by using their strengths.
Walt Disney is a perfect example of how a leader missed his strengths. He was fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”
The opposite is true too. If you could have someone that is holding up a position for your next superstar employee, you need to help that employee with a career readjustment. Hopefully, you can help with finding a new position in your organization. If not, the “square peg” will need to find a board of square holes.
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