Learn from a veteran Mission Control and executive leader

This workshop is your opportunity to learn it from someone who has led at all levels from the Mission Control Room to the boardroom and revolutionized the leadership culture.

After more than fifty years, flying people into space atop millions of pounds of fire is still a tough and scary business.  The key to NASA’s Mission Control legacy of brilliant performance is a particular brand of leadership at all levels, especially at the working level.

Apply it in your own team

In a single day, the workshop will describe Mission Control’s revered brand of leadership and how to make the leadership culture your own.

You will understand  the detailed characteristics that are linked to strong technical performance during the scarier moments of human spaceflight.  More importantly, you will learn their direct connection to performance, leadership development, management practices, and strategic change in any business.

The workshop will take you from the ground up in the values that are most critical to highly reliable team performance.  You will then apply the leadership culture from the top down as deliberate organizational values and management practices, and reinforcing the performance where it matters most every day.

Read this to learn more about the workshop:  Leadership from the Mission Control Room to the Boardroom

Paul Sean Hill leadership workshop guide
Speaking at the Bush Presidential Library

For availability and booking, contact Atlas


One-part insider's view to NASA operations, one-part case study, and one-part syllabus for business leaders looking to grow their team. There are definitely business truths in this book and many take-aways for business leaders.
Compass Book Ratings
Leadership from the Mission Control Room to the Boardroom is a great reference for those in charge of organization culture that impacts team performance. It is a management guide for decision making and maintaining a work culture of excellent and reliable performance that NASA Mission Control is known for. The lessons and tips can be applied in a wide area of settings.
Impressively well written, exceptionally informative, thoroughly 'reader friendly' and an inherently engaging read from cover to cover, Leadership from the Mission Control Room to the Boardroom: A Guide to Unleashing Team Performance is unreservedly recommended as a critically important and essential addition to personal, professional, corporate, governmental, community, and academic library business management collections and supplemental studies lists. Read more
Midwest Book Review
Hill’s writing is engaging, forthright, and intense; written with the candor and passion of an evangelist. I was inspired by the story of his personal journey to success, and the importance of understanding the specific challenge, common cause, and mission of team building, while accepting a high level of individual responsibility for its success. Essential reading for business executives, leaders and managers, and should be a readily accessible resource guide for ready reference.
Richard R. Blake
Lessons are interwoven in a thrilling insight into the inner working of NASA’s Mission Control.  Not surprisingly this has turned out to be one of the best books on leadership in recent times. Read more
Sandeep Singh, The Freepress Journal, Mumba
The Freepress Journal, Mumbai
What can your team learn from top tier leaders at NASA Mission Control? Maybe more than you think. In Leadership from the Mission Control Room to the Boardroom, former NASA Flight Director Paul Hill tells the true story of the game-changing transformation of Mission Control’s senior leadership team. Ride along on a journey of evolution as these executives rediscover the core purpose and values that had never left their organization. Hill’s candor and intensity makes this a fascinating read for every leader!
Ken Blanchard
coauthor of The New One Minute Manager® and Leading at a Higher Level
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
Love this concept and look forward to making this a goal for our leadership team.  We need more of this thought process in the world.
Debra Schindler Boultinghouse
President, Genesis BCS
If you read one book in 2018, please read this one, especially if you have a leadership position and are tasked with leading change!  You CAN create a great team and still achieve cost efficiency by following the strategies and tactics in the book, believe me, it will be worth your while. Read more
Pattie Blackstaffe
Strategic Sense Consulting Group
Gripping, engaging and hard to put down. Learn how this incredible team thrives in the most high-stakes environment imaginable — and how you can lead your team to do the same.
Marshall Goldsmith
Marshall Goldsmith – The Thinkers 50 #1 Leadership Thinker in the World
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
This is an arresting work. Paul Hill offers a view from the inside track. From there, he takes you to the business world outside of NASA, and shows how the principles and values apply in a far larger arena. No leader or manager can fail to benefit from the lessons captured here.
Michael D. Griffin
NASA Administrator, 2005-09 and Schafer Corporation CEO
A stunning ‘instructional manual’ for business executives and leaders who want to learn from the best team on the planet.  For the first time, a leader of the Mission Operations Directorate of NASA shares the hard-won lessons of this world-famous organization and translates them into key principles and examples designed to hone a superior leadership team grounded in integrity and bedrock organizational values. This book, like its author, is one-of-a kind.
Mary Lynne Dittmar
President, Coalition for Deep Space Exploration and former member, Human Spaceflight Committee, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
This engaging book tells the story of how NASA’s renowned Mission Control evolved into an extraordinary team that directed many of the world’s greatest technical triumphs. Equally important is Paul Hill’s cautionary tale that sustaining excellence may be more difficult than attaining it.  Leaders from every organization will benefit from these vital lessons.
Walter E. Natemeyer
Chairman and CEO, North American Training and Development
Mission Control is the leadership laboratory for those who accept the challenge and the risk of ultimate responsibility for all actions necessary for crew safety and mission success in manned spaceflight. Paul Hill is a select graduate.
Eugene F. Kranz
Former NASA Flight Director and Director of Mission Operations, 1983 – 1994
Hill is a thought-leader in how to turn around struggling business cultures. His philosophy mixes morality, values and lots of buy-in.  I’ve read my share of be-a-better-leader books; some are a waste of time, others offer a few good tips you can test back at the office. But this one is spot on. Read more
Dan Shearer
Editor, Green Valley News/Sahuarita Sun
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.