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Friday’s Change Reflection Quote - Leadership of Change® - True Change Enriches Lives

1969 - Boeing 747 flies for the first time.

“To enable true change, challenge constraints through rigour and patience while pursuing ambitious innovation, so purposeful visions, once proven, enrich the lives of generations”

👏 Happy Friday!

On this day, February 9, 1969, the Boeing 747 airliner takes its first test flight, ushering in a new era for commercial aviation with the original jumbo jet. Conceived in the mid-1960s to meet surging passenger demand, the unprecedentedly large, wide-bodied 747 underwent intense design testing before its inaugural, nearly hour-long trip from Boeing’s Everett (Washington) factory, piloted by Jack Waddell. The experimental 367-ton aircraft amazed crowds who glimpsed it airborne. Despite its mammoth proportions challenging conventional aeronautics, initial results surpassed design limits, reaching higher speeds while requiring shorter take-off distances than specifications. The triumphant inaugural flight served as a resounding endorsement of Boeing’s bold decision to push the boundaries of aircraft size and capacity. Pan Am rolled the first B747 on a commercial route from New York to London, carrying 17 crew and 332 passengers. The introduction of the B747 brought continents closer than ever before, significantly enriching the lives of countless individuals through the unprecedented opportunity for global travel.

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✅ Following the first flight, Jack Waddell, the chief test pilot, told the press conference, “It handled magnificently. It’s a pilot’s dream.” The B747 challenged assumptions that scale constraints made 400-passenger aircraft unviable. Boeing rejected conservative scepticism, instead embracing the necessary complexity to architect the seemingly impossible. Additionally, Boeing demonstrated strategic patience in long-term value creation, not just quarterly returns. When facing doubts about whether visionary change remains plausible, we must pursue ambitious innovation to achieve purposeful outcomes. Transformational change flows from teams translating prototypes into new paradigms through commitment and enriching lives across generations. True Change Enriches Lives.

“To enable true change, challenge constraints through rigour and patience while pursuing ambitious innovation, so purposeful visions, once proven, enrich the lives of generations”

👉 What if your change vision had purpose? Purpose could help answer the ‘why this change?’ question. People who have a higher sense of purpose in life, a sense of direction, and defined goals are likely to be more content and healthier. The term ‘purpose-led’ has been mentioned a lot recently, and the concept is becoming more popular. We now live in a world where what an organisation is, what it does, and how much money it makes are under incredible scrutiny, especially on social media. Purpose-led organisations are focused on ensuring they have a reason to exist; this goes beyond profit and focuses on how they positively impact society. Purpose-led organisations are more ambitious, they attract the best talent, inspire innovation, make faster decisions, and are more trusted, thus attracting more customers and retaining their loyalty.

Have a fantastic weekend with the ones you love and care for, enjoy some fresh air, exercise, eat, drink and be happy.


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