Preparing for the Unexpected: How to Manage Through Complexity and Change

June 8, 2022 — 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Spaceflight is an unforgiving business, with industry success riding on every launch and event. Being commander of a spaceship means facing the highest of stakes—human lives, irreplaceable and expensive equipment, and worldwide scrutiny.

Having commanded the International Space Station for six months off planet, Colonel Chris Hadfield is experienced in managing people, complexity, and change under extreme circumstances. Surrounded by life-threatening risk, his daily routine was to prepare for and solve worst-case scenarios from a team and leadership perspective.

Hadfield draws from his experiences and lessons learned during his 21 years in the astronaut corps to share the best strategies and tactics for helping individuals, teams, and leaders prepare for and meet the challenges of our rapidly changing world. Key topics include managing stress, leading under pressure, encouraging collaboration among diverse teams, and redefining norms. Using multiple examples from his tremendous career, he illuminates the necessity for preparation and reaction to complex change.

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Colonel Chris Hadfield

First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station

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