Provides an insiders look at the leadership values and culture that NASA has implemented which has helped them to hold such a successful track record for more than 50 years.
Paul Sean Hill was the Director of Mission Operations at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Johnson Space Center from 2007 through 2014. He was responsible for all of NASA's human spaceflight mission planning, flight controller and astronaut training as well as Mission Control. Before this, he held a number of senior leadership positions, and from 1996 through 2005 Paul served as a Space Shuttle and International Space Station Flight Director. He supported 24 missions, with leadership roles including planning and leading space station construction in orbit, instrumental leadership in the Columbia accident investigation and returning Shuttle to flight two years later.
Today Paul runs Atlas Executive Consulting and is speaks frequently, focusing on universal leadership challenges.
Former director of missions operations Hill offers a personal glimpse into the inner workings of America's space agency, and how companies can achieve success under the most intense pressure. * HR Magazine * 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 Sean Hill is a select graduate. -- Eugene F. Kranz, former NASA Flight Director and Director of Mission Operations, 1983-94 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. Leaders from every organization will benefit from these vital lessons. -- Walter E. Natemeyer, Chairman and CEO, North American Training and Development Hard-won lessons for business executives and leaders who want to learn from the best team on the planet. 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 is an arresting work. No leader or manager can fail to benefit from the lessons captured here. -- Michael D. Griffin, NASA Administrator, 2005-09 and Schafer Corporation CEO 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, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller 'Triggers' Former NASA flight director Paul Sean Hill tells the true story of the game-changing transformation of Mission Control's senior leadership team. Hill's candor and intensity makes this a fascinating read for every leader! -- Ken Blanchard, co-author of 'The One-Minute Manager' Compelling. It is adherence to principles like those at Mission Control that helps prevent something slipping by that could bankrupt the company or wipe out previous accomplishments. * Forbes *