When your team of executives and board members convene to develop a strategic plan, it’s almost inevitable for someone to bring up the 30,000-foot view. The phrase was coined as a reference to what you’re able to see when on-board a commercial airplane cruising at 30,000 feet. When applied to strategic thinking, the 30,000-foot view is meant to encourage someone to think holistically and consider long-term goals.
While the view from a plane six miles off the ground can be phenomenal, imagine the same landscape seen from the moon. There’s a lot to learn from the other 238,894 miles.
That’s what NASA accomplished on August 23, 1966, when the unmanned Lunar Orbiter 1 snapped a photo of Earth from the moon for the first time.
This photo offered a completely new perspective. It provided context. We’ve always been able to look from the earth up to the moon. In 1966, we learned what it’s like to look back.
You may be able to find success in your strategic planning without having to travel to the moon, but it’s worth considering. At the very least, zoom out to the point that you’re no longer the sole subject of the image.