31 January 2018
Samuel Lindow Building Ingwell Drive Westlakes Science & Technology Park WHITEHAVEN CUMBRIA CA24 3JZ
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The shuttle case - Leadership under stress

Samuel Lindow Building, UCLan, Westlakes, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA24 3JY

January 28th 1986 - the space shuttle Challenger explodes just one minute after launch. As the world looked on horrified, few realised that this was an inevitable accident that had been predicted by the designers for years. Indeed, the day before the key engineers believed that there was “essentially a 100% probability of disaster”.

After the accident NASA embarked upon major management reforms. Sadly the reforms failed to address the real cultural issues within NASA and as a result over the subsequent years safety standards and relationships slipped once more.

Then in Feb 2003 – the Space Shuttle Colombia burns up on re-entry and the entire crew perish. The chilling fact was that this was a management repeat of the Challenger disaster –
NASA had not truly learned the lessons of the past.

Key Messages:

  • Importance of real Communication
  • Leadership of Complex Strategic Safety
  • Personal Responsibility/Groupthink
  • Inter organisational Co-ordination/Silos
  • Keeping Organisational Learning alive
  • Dangers of Groupthink/Silo thinking

Stephen Carver is rated as one of the top 3 lecturers at one of Europe’s top MBA Business Schools. He has a reputation of taking complex management concepts such as Project, Programme and Crisis Management and being able to distil them down, into highly informative and fun lectures - often using “storytelling” techniques. His attitude is “if you haven’t done it – you shouldn’t be teaching it!”

Stephen’s credentials include 30 years in change projects & programmes as well as being a risk, communications and crisis expert, global clients – lecturing & consultancy, and has worked at Board level in Europe, USA, Middle East & Asia. He is also a Fellow of the Association of Project Management and the Institute of Risk Management.

Unusually, for an academic, he has actually spent most of his working life in real business and still runs his own, highly successful, Project Management Company (his client list now reads like the FTSE/Dow top 100!)

Stephen is an unusual blend of Academic, Businessman and Teller of Tales. He has taught in UK, US, Middle East, Holland, Germany, France, Portugal, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia etc. etc. and has appeared regularly on National Radio and TV.

Previous presentations and webinars can be viewed on the APM Slideshare and YouTube channels.

This event is suitable for professionals with any level of experience.


APM Body of Knowledge reference

Section Description
2.1.1 Communication

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