An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth #2

Nasa image sourced from Gildir at English Wikipedia – Chris Hadfield making one of the first spacewalks by a Canadian during the STS-100 mission in 2001.

Astronauts training for critical scenarios in space are tested to the limit. They are taught to simulate impossibly tricky situations in the hope that something new will go wrong, while being closely watched by a crowd of experts. It’s a question of learning to survive in space.

Chris Hadfield, astronaut says:

“At NASA everyone’s a critic.” “In any field, it’s a plus if you view criticism as potentially helpful advice rather than personal attack. But for an astronaut, depersonalizing criticism is a basic survival skill.  If you bristled every time you heard something negative – or stubbornly tuned out the feedback – you’d be toast.” “Our biggest blunders are put under the microscope so that even more people can be made aware of them: Check out what Hadfield did – let’s be sure no one ever does that again.”

Next time someone says “Can I give you some feedback?” you could think in a similar way to Chris Hadfield.  You could also create a culture in your work team where feedback is genuinely seen as a gift – a route to personal development, performance improvement and a way of bonding your team.

Here’s Our Pithy Quote from the Book #2

“A mistake is like a loose thread you should tug on, hard, to see if the whole fabric unravels.”

Chris’ style of personal leadership and his leadership of others is an excellent example of the behaviours and positive practices we’re coaching on our Positive Leadership. Peak Performance Programmes.  Hard evidence shows that using positive leadership practices to lead yourself and others delivers higher sales, more internal engagement and better productivity.  If you would be interested in how it can help you meet your goals, please do get in touch.

You can buy Chris Hadfield’s book ‘An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth’ on Amazon.


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