Publisher's Note:  

Failure is always an option, and so is choosing to lead your team into an environment that helps them avoid catastrophe and pull off miracles. For more than fifty years, NASA's Mission Control has done just that.

Take the ultimate insider's look at the leadership values and culture that made that track record possible. Paul Hill paints a vivid picture, candidly portraying the critical cultural connections in human spaceflight triumphs and failures. By demonstrating how his Mission Control team learned to steward this culture into their management roles, Paul provides a guide for any organization to boost their own performance by leveraging the core ideas and values that have delivered "impossible" wins for decades.

Whether failure means cost and schedule overruns, quality escapes, loss of market share, bankruptcy, or putting people's lives at risk, how we lead can determine whether even small mistakes snowball out of control and destroy an enterprise.

Discover how to take Leadership from the Mission Control Room to the Boardroom, and enable this leadership environment in your team.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Cadence Group

Leadership from the Mission Control Room to the Boardroom

by Paul Sean Hill

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Overall Review:  

Leadership from the Mission Control Room to the Boardroom by Paul Sean Hill is one-part insider's view to NASA operations, one-part case study, and one-part syllabus for business leaders looking to grow their team.  The first part of the book invests heavily in explaining how things worked in the Mission Control Room and their culture.  Although this is provided as a foundation for understanding the transformation explored later in the book, it was a bit detailed for a general business reader; however, readers interested in the inner workings of NASA will enjoy this section.  Mr. Hill then delves into the process by which MOD transformed itself--even providing in detail a list of other business literature that was used to bring about change in management and ultimately the organization.

One of the valuable lessons from this book is that transformation in a business environment takes effort, dedication, and time.  The book is laid out in clearly delineated sections and the quotes from various NASA personnel are nice gems.  There are definitely business truths in this book and many take-aways for business leaders.  In fact, this is a book that probably needs more than one sitting to fully absorb.

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Profanity/Language:  1 religious exclamation; 10 mild obscenities; 6  scatalogical words; 1 anatomical term.

Violence/Gore:  Report of the Challenger deaths; report of the Columbia deaths.

Sex/Nudity:  None

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Business politics, death of astronauts.

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Reviewed By Cindy
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