A real-world inside look at NASA: the ultimate in project leadership

by | Apr 3, 2019

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As a trained project manager, I’ve been tippy tapping away to create a post about using our leadership skills to run our companies.

Real-world … not platitudes we’ve memorized for exhausting exams.

It was taking shape.

Great info to share, ’cause I’ve seen excellent – and horrible – project management and leadership up close.

I have experience as a technical writer and tester in IT (for pharma, manufacturing, and even in secure transportation at a national lab)

… and I figured, “Who better to tell this story?”

As it turns out, Matthew Stibbe had the winning ticket, not me. 😎

Mr. Stibbe’s great adventure

A writer I follow, Matthew Stibbe, recently posted information on his insider’s view of leadership and project management at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

No platitudes.

Just good, solid information I can pass on to you instead of reinventing this leadership article wheel.

I mean: NASA?!

Even with my varied background, no contest.

I fold.

The ultimate in project leadership

In the early 2000s, Matthew interviewed several managers at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, Florida.

From the first sentence, I was riveted to the post he created from this experience.

So … what’s in the article?

Mr. Stibbe takes a look at motivating creative people, guiding technical types toward management, quality control on a huge scale, and problem-solving (also big scale, but there’s plenty to help out those of us who are ‘the little guy’).

My promise to you:
Matthew’s post is not boring, overly technical,
or impossible to follow.

OK … I’m sending you away from my page, now (yikes!).

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Yes, this is rocket science (Ha!). Click to enjoy Matt’s article.

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  1. Kiyomi

    “What matters most is how you do business.” This phrase in the context of NASA leadership lessons gave me a tremendous amount of insight. I enjoyed reading it. Thank you for posting.

    • Kathie York


      You are welcome … isn’t that article s-o-m-e-t-h-I-n-g ?!
      That is a good quote and something all of us (especially business owners) should have as our mission statement.
      Thanks for stopping by and for your comment,

    • Kathie York

      Thanks for the comment and update!

      Here you go, team … more great info from Matthew Stibbe.

      From a fellow (now jealous :->) space nut, I appreciate all the effort, Matthew.



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