Dr. Thomas Zurbuchan:
Leadership Lessons from from Mars 2020 Perseverance
This week we have the unique opportunity to learn about leadership from Thomas Zurbuchen. Thomas is a scientist and part of the team to bring a rocket to Mars, to land a helicopter on the planet, and fly it on Mars. Imagine yourself in Thomas Zurbuchen’s shoes. How would you begin to lead such a project? Early on Thomas and his team established clear operating values for the mission, which they named Perseverance. These were trust, perseverance, technical excellence, and one team with everybody pulling in the same direction towards mission success.
As in any mission, unpredictable factors can be major impairments to success. One of the biggest ones for the Perseverance team was Covid which shut down much of NASA and several of the suppliers for the mission. Despite these obstacles, Perseverance launched on time and successfully completed its mission.
When we have the opportunity to talk with Thomas this Friday, we will discuss his leadership during this monumental success. I hope you can JOIN US.
I’d be interested to hear your own biggest challenge as a leader. I’ll publish a Dr. Rob’s newsletters with information about the biggest challenges faced by leaders and how they manage to find success.