Leadership Moments from NASA: Achieving the Impossible

  • 10h 29m 36s
  • Dave Williams, Elizabeth Howell
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2021

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 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.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1 - The Sound That Changed the World
  • Chapter 2 - Inventing the Future
  • Chapter 3 - Taking on the Impossible
  • Chapter 4 - Failure of Imagination
  • Chapter 5 - What Do the Numbers Say?
  • Chapter 6 - Should We Land or Should We Abort?
  • Chapter 7 - They're in Space again?
  • Chapter 8 - Failure is Not an Option
  • Chapter 9 - Been There, Done That, What's Next?
  • Chapter 10 - Normalizing Deviance
  • Chapter 11 - Rebuilding the Safety Culture
  • Chapter 12 - What Can We Afford?
  • Chapter 13 - Faster, Better, Cheaper
  • Chapter 14 - A Weekend in Reston
  • Chapter 15 - Working Together
  • Chapter 16 - Permanent Presence
  • Chapter 17 - When the Smoke Clears
  • Chapter 18 - Ultimate Trust and Teamwork
  • Chapter 19 - Become a Listener
  • Chapter 20 - That Didn't Work. What's Next?
  • Chapter 21 - Try, Try again
  • Chapter 22 - Searching for Solutions
  • Chapter 23 - The NASA Way