The Dangers of Wishful Thinking
An error in Hubble’s primary mirror had the mission on life support from the very beginning. There are technical answers to exactly what happened. But the real culprit was plain, everyday wishful thinking.
It can feel really good to call someone out when they cross a line. But if you want to accomplishing something positive, tweeting from the hip is probably the wrong way to go.
Stories from the front lines of a wild ride
After 30 years of being associated with the Hubble Space Telescope I’ve picked up some fun stories. I’ve also learned a few things about the sometimes fine line between success and failure in complex, rapidly changing, high stakes times. This is the first in what will be an ongoing series of articles where I share a bit of what I picked up along the way.
The profile of the perfect faculty member reads, “most likely to burn out.”
Faculty members are a university’s most precious resource. As universities adapt to changing times, that resource is increasingly at risk. It needs to be protected – and protected from itself.
The Courage it Takes to Be Human
Our experience of beauty is not an “also ran” on the list of things that make us human. I took on that question in a TEDx talk I hope you might enjoy.
Executives use coaching to reach their full potential while maintaining balance in their lives. Professionals could learn a lot from their example.
Many of our easy habits of mind once served Humanity well, but fail us miserably in a modern, rapidly-changing world. Fortunately there are alternatives.
The common notion of right-brained and left-brained people is a myth. There is no need to let it limit you.