Fly boarding and CEO’s. #41: 2012
When a friend sent me a flyboarding video of the Zapata Racing Team, I initially just was amused and a bit curious. How do they do that?
A little research told me that flyboarding is a hot, new extreme sport that combines a jet ski and a jet pack and allows the crazy participant to soar above the waves or dive into the water like a pelican…have a look.
No surprise that it’s a big trend in France and Australia. (I have noticed so far there seems to be very few female flyboarders, but that may be a whole different conversation!)
With a second viewing of the six minute video, I began to ask myself what do flyboarders and innovative library leaders have in common? Here are a few parallels…
►They both have to be courageous and a bit crazy to act like a pelican or a CEO!
►They both are risk takers, calculating the risk and the benefits, measuring the ROI on everything they do, and then having the courage of their convictions to just leap!
►They are both thrill seekers. They love the adrenaline rush of accomplishing something that seems to be impossible, whether it be replicating a dolphin or organizing a successful library golf tournament!
►They both like testing the limits. Flyboarders contemplate how deep they can dive with one breath. Library leaders question whether the community will embrace a speed dating book club, advertising on the library website, or the library coffee shop.
►Being a flyboarder or an innovative CEO comes at a cost. Flyboards cost about $12,000 and require access to an open body of (preferably shark-free) water. But, an innovative library leader…priceless! LOL
Have a great day…and soar like a pelican!
Kitty Pope #41 November 2012