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10 Questions About Failure (And Whether It’s An Option)

Gene Kranz, Mission Control chief for the Apollo moon landing, was famously attributed the quote ‘failure is not an option’. In reality, he never uttered those words (although he did borrow them for the title of his autobiography). The quote … Continue reading

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Blast Off: ‘To the Moon and Back’ – Launching Today

My new book is published today: ‘To the Moon and Back: Leadership Reflections from Apollo’ takes us on a journey through eight stories about the Apollo programme. It explores how we set foot on the moon, then gave it all … Continue reading

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Countdown to Apollo

The Apollo book will launch this Thursday at an event in London, then through Amazon around the world: i’m very excited, because setting a book free marks a chapter point, closing off one voyage, and creating the space for the … Continue reading

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Centrefold

Reviewing the final proofs for the Apollo book, i realised that i wanted to add in a double page spread, to break up two chapters. This image is of the flag being raised on the moon: a rather last minute … Continue reading

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Blast Off

I’ve just hit ‘send’ on the final manuscript for my next book: the final title is “To the Moon and Back: Leadership Reflections from Apollo”, and it forms the next in my series of Social Age Guidebooks. This final illustration … Continue reading

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Illustrating Apollo #3

This rather strange looking machine is the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle: it was used by the Apollo Crews to practice final approach to the moon. It had a set of jets that were permanently lit, which supported 80% of it’s … Continue reading

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Leadership Reflections from Apollo: #WorkingOutLoud

As well as the main chapters for the Guidebook, there are some shorter topics that will be covered in breakout boxes. Today i am sharing three of these as part of #WorkingOutLoud. Reflection: Orbit If you are a mathematician, or … Continue reading

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Apollo Leadership Reflections: A Rough Path Leads To The Stars

Three men died on January 27th, 1967. They suffocated in the Command Module of Apollo 1, not in the depths of space, or the surface of the moon, but on Launch Pad 34, at Cape Kennedy, Florida. They died not … Continue reading

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Leadership Reflections from Apollo at 50: Chapter 5 – Simulation & Testing

Today i am sharing a full draft chapter from my upcoming Social Age Guidebook on Apollo, which consists of a series of leadership reflections. It’s part of #WorkingOutLoud. There is one discipline that Apollo progressed with remarkable vigour: developing hardware … Continue reading

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#WorkingOutLoud on the Apollo Leadership Reflections: Simulation

I failed to complete the chapter on ‘Simulation and Testing’ today, but will share the introductory paragraphs as part of #WorkingOutLoud. I hope to complete it tomorrow, or early next week. Chapter 5: Simulation and Testing There is one discipline … Continue reading

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