Leadership from the Mission Control Room to the Boardroom: A Guide to Unleashing Team Performance

Leadership from the Mission Control Room to the Boardroom: A Guide to Unleashing Team Performance

by Paul Hill

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Overview

Failure is always an option, and so is choosing to lead your team into an environment that helps them avoid catastrophe and pull off miracles. For more than fifty years, NASA’s Mission Control has done just that.

Take the ultimate insider’s look at the leadership values and culture that made that track record possible. Paul Hill paints a vivid picture, candidly portraying the critical cultural connections in human spaceflight triumphs and failures. By demonstrating how his Mission Control team learned to steward this culture into their management roles, Paul provides a guide for any organization to boost their own performance by leveraging the core ideas and values that have delivered “impossible” wins for decades.

Whether failure means cost and schedule overruns, quality escapes, loss of market share, bankruptcy, or putting people’s lives at risk, how we lead can determine whether even small mistakes snowball out of control and destroy an enterprise.

Discover how to take Leadership from the Mission Control Room to the Boardroom, and enable this leadership environment in your team.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998634302
Publisher: Atlas Executive Consulting
Publication date: 05/23/2017
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

PAUL SEAN HILL is a leadership evangelist - an executive consultant and speaker whose candor and passion have inspired leaders across many industries. He spent 25 years in NASA's iconic Mission Control, learning and living the values he now evangelizes. As Director of Mission Operations from 2007-2014, he is credited with revolutionizing the leadership culture, dramatically reducing costs, and increasing capability, while still conducting missions in space. Before NASA, he was a U.S. Air Force satellite operations officer and an aerospace engineer from Texas A&M University. Find him at AtlasExec.com.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments XI

Preface XIII

Introduction 1

Part 1: The Real-Time Morality of Spaceflight (Finding Our Religion) 15

Chapter 1: Clear Alignment to Purpose 17

Chapter 2: Demonstrated Behaviors that Reinforce Alignment 37

Chapter 3: Trained to Be Trusted 55

Chapter 4: Summary of Part 1: The Real-Time Morality of Spaceflight 78

PART 1: THE REAL-TIME MORALITY OF SPACEFLIGHT—KEY POINTS 95

Part 2: Management Clouds the Morality (Losing Our Religion) 97

Chapter 5: Intentions and Practices 99

Chapter 6: Applying the Morality as Managers 118

Chapter 7: The Leader’s Perspective 154

Chapter 8: Summary of Part 2: Management Clouds the Morality 181

PART 2: MANAGEMENT CLOUDS THE MORALITY—KEY POINTS 200

Part 3: Transforming the Leadership Team (Regaining Our Religion) 203

Chapter 9: Ideas that Inspired Leadership Evolutions in Mission Control 205

Chapter 10: Make It Personal, Make It Permanent 247

Chapter 11: Demonstrating the Morality as Managers 265

Chapter 12: Summary of Part 3: Transforming the Leadership Team 286

PART 3: TRANSFORMING THE LEADERSHIP TEAM—KEY POINTS 304

Part 4: Bon Voyage (Parting Shots) 307

Chapter 13: Tips and Challenges 309

Chapter 14: Final Thoughts 330

About the Journey 330

Author’s Personal Note 332

Notes and References 337

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