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Author Williams, Dave (Dafydd Rhys), 1954- author.

Title Leadership moments from NASA : achieving the impossible [Hoopla electronic resource] / Dr. Dave Williams (astronaut and former director of Space & Life Sciences at NASA), and Elizabeth Howell, PhD.

Publication Info. [United States] : ECW Press, 2021.
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Summary Filled with exclusive interviews with the big names in the Canadian space agency, including Chris Hadfield and Marc Garneau, Elizabeth Howell showcases how Canada's space program is making it big in international space exploration. Space exploration is as much a story of leadership and teamwork as it is a story of exploration and discovery. Leadership Moments from NASA delves into the organizational culture, leadership styles, and insights of NASA senior executives spanning five decades of human spaceflight, to share the lessons they learned from critical moments where they took on seemingly insurmountable challenges. How did they prioritize? How did they resolve differences? How did they decide what to do when no one had done it before? How did they build highly competent teams? How did they build organizational resilience? How did they decide what to do when no one had done it before? How did they build highly competent teams? How did they build organizational resilience? How did they fight complacency and rebuild a culture of safety and innovation? Through interviews with famous leaders such as Apollo's Gene Kranz, the first Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission's Joe Rothenberg, "astronaut maker" George Abbey, and former NASA Administrator Dan Goldin, this book shows how NASA recovered from tragedy and adversity, and how it developed a culture of competency that continues to attract the best and brightest. This book explores the personalities, leadership styles, and decision-making of the NASA senior executives in the first decade of spaceflight and follows how those individuals created a culture that can take on seemingly insurmountable challenges, that can recover from tragedy and adversity that continues to attract the best and brightest. Dr. Dave Williams is an astronaut, aquanaut, jet pilot, ER doctor, scientist, CEO, and bestselling author. The former Director of Space & Life Sciences at NASA's Johnson Space Center, he has flown in space twice. He holds the Canadian spacewalking record and was the first Canadian to live on the world's only undersea research habitat. He is the recipient of six honorary degrees, the Order of Canada, and the Order of Ontario. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. Elizabeth Howell, PhD, is a Canadian journalist focusing on space exploration. Her clients include CBC, SpaceQ, and She has seen rocket launches in the United States and Kazakhstan, lived on a simulated Mars base, and interviewed dozens of astronauts. She teaches technical writing at Algonquin College and does consulting work for numerous institutions. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario. "Houston, Tranquility Base, the Eagle has landed." July 20th, 1969 - a day that will stand forever in history. With the advent of television, more people were watching the NASA lunar landing than any other event in history. It had been eight years since President John F. Kennedy proclaimed that NASA would send humans to the Moon and return them safely to Earth before the end of the decade. "Not because it is easy, but because it is hard." With that proclamation began one of the most incredible stories of leadership, teamwork and risk management in history. It takes courage and a relentless commitment to excellence to achieve the impossible. Even with today's space exploration capabilities many wonder how NASA was able to accomplish seemingly impossible feat, successfully achieving Kennedy's goal less than nine years later. It wasn't easy.
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Leadership -- United States -- Case studies.
Electronic books.
Added Author hoopla digital.
ISBN 9781773057170 (electronic bk.)
1773057170 (electronic bk.)
Music No. MWT13908363
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