Vincent J. Schaefer, a self-taught chemist who invented cloud “seeding” and created the first artificially induced snow and rainfall. He drew worldwide attention with his 1946 experiments for General Electric making the first snowstorm in a laboratory and inducing precipitation outdoors, solving many of the mysteries of rain and snow that had baffled scientists. He was hailed as the first person to actually do something about the weather and not just talk about it. Vincent Schaefer flew a single prop plane into a cumulus cloud and dumped six pounds of dry ice. “It seemed as though the cloud almost exploded,” he wrote in a notebook. The snow could be seen for 40 miles. (July 28, 1993, Section A, Page 16 – The New York Times by Bruce Lambert)
Not many of us have those groundbreaking inventions or discoveries and not all of us are scientists. However, it is important to break out of the traditional manner of working and thinking as Schaefer did. Remaining flexible and fluid, especially right now during unprecedented times, can bring surprising and unexpected developments in your career, attitude, or thought life…meaning, remaining agile can open doors to thinking more strategically or creatively, or at least differently, about how to handle situations. A willingness to think outside the norm and encourage others to do the same is a rare and wonderful leadership quality that can lead a team or organization to “Schaefer-type” breakthrough results.
The GE Monogram newspaper had some fun with Schaefer’s breakthrough and the headlines stated, “Schaefer made it snow this afternoon over Pittsfield! Next week he walks on water.”
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