Learn from critical leadership experience

For more than 50 years, NASA’s Mission Control has earned a strong reputation for highly reliable decision making in critical situations.  That legacy of high performance is a result of uncompromising leadership values. 

When we learned to articulate and deliberately apply these leadership values outside of the rocket science, we discovered the same powerful performance throughout all of our management practices.

Discover your own leadership insights

This is how NASA Mission Control does the impossible, it’s not rocket science, and you can make it your own!  Learn from an executive who lived and led it from the Mission Control Room to the boardroom.

From keynote addresses to workshops, typical topics that leverage Mission Control leadership values include:

  • Safety and Risk management
  • Critical thinking
  • Difficult decision making
  • Leading change
  • Cultural and leadership stewardship
  • Transforming high-potential technical-leaders into executives
  • Developing a team of leaders into an aligned, high trust leadership team
  • Evolving to a deliberately stewarded, high performing leadership culture
  • Transforming an insular bureaucracy into a collaborative, transparent leadership team
  • And topics tailored to your needs

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This incredible team’s leadership journey — and development of precise decision-making in the face of unbelievable pressure — are inspiring. Filled with fascinating insights, every leader will find parallels to their own organization.  A must-have for anyone leading a high-performance team and an invaluable addition to any business library.
Marshall Goldsmith
The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller – Triggers
Outstanding!  One of the best leadership development activities I have participated in.
Dr. Zachary Hodges
President, HCC Northwest College
Outstanding session.  Completely loved it! We're already bragging about how great the day was!
Ned Mueller, Brenda Rios Bromacher, Sandra Louvier
Center for Entrepreneurship
Outstanding workshop!  Exceeded expectations!
Bruce McMorde
Great job of summarizing highly technical and complex ideas into steps any organization can follow.  I can use his concepts to better organize and grow my business.
Ashley Brown
President, Acerra Technologies
Great program, a lot to reflect on.  I can see myself using these self-awareness tools for my personal development.
Hussain Ali
President and CEO, Houston Dynamic Displays
Entire presentation was excellent.  Easily understood – great examples.
Phyllis Bailey
President, PJB Public Relations Consulting
The triathlon of values, their interaction and results and the process to indelibly imprint them into your organization were all incredibly impactful to us.
Dr. Bob DeGroot
President, Sales Training International
Your presentation to the superintendents and educational leaders was excellent and very relevant to any organization, including school districts. The presentation focused on the importance of establishing a core set of values and trust, and how a change in culture transformed NASA. The story was compelling and inspirational.
John R. Thomas
Executive Director, Region 18 ESC
Fantastic presentation.  Great insight into such an extraordinary mission.
James Pettigrew
Director of Operations, Ocean Energy Safety Institute (OESI)

Excellent. Your presentation really drove home the importance of orienting the team (and the organization) around a core set of values, and illustrated how that translates into sound decision making logic... Amazing!

The view you provided into what goes on in mission control was fascinating.
Jason Sibre
Vice President, global financial services firm
You delivered an excellent and thought-provoking talk, and you're the first of all the speakers I've seen to receive a set of perfect evaluations.
John Duncan
Community Training Network
Your words were encouraging and inspiring . As I reflect on your words and the idea of failure, I can relate to my professional career.  When I sometimes feel like I have hit a ceiling, I will remember your words and experience and focus on knowing I do a good job and will continue to do the job well in hopes of being given more opportunities for professional growth.
Mary E. Barnes-Tilley, Ph.D
Assistant Academic Dean, Blinn College
Hearing your success story gives me hope that business leaders can be enlightened to a better way of operating.
S. Arlene Dilworth, CPA, CTP, CGMA
President, Total BackOffice Solutions, Inc.
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