Great leadership lessons learned from Apollo 13 movie.. One of the real-life heroes of Apollo 13, veteran Apollo and space shuttle astronaut Ken Mattingly shares the true story behind the most inspiring example of crisis management in recent memory. Portrayed in the hit film by Academy Award-nominee Gary Sinise, Mattingly is the Command Module Pilot who was pulled from the flight at the last minute for medical reasons, only to spearhead the ground crew’s efforts to save his friends and fellow astronauts once their moon mission went horribly wrong.
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At the lecture podium, Mattingly’s gripping account of teamwork and peak performance has received rave reviews from corporations and community forums around the nation. He recounts his training and comradery with fellow Apollo 13 astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise, his horror when the mission went awry, and his role in coordinating the ground crew’s frantic race against time to save them. He also brings the story full circle with a look at the space program today and the emerging role of private industry in satellite communications.
As Mattingly notes, the miracle of the Apollo 13 story was not in one person rising to the occasion, but in hundreds and thousands working at peak performance to do the impossible. Setting the stage with footage from the movie, Mattingly’s lecture, available exclusively through GTN, is a must for any organization emphasizing team building and personal achievement.
At that time David was in the stronghold, and the Philistine garrison was at Bethlehem. David longed for water and said, “Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!” So the three mighty men broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David. But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out before the LORD. “Far be it from me, O LORD, to do this!” he said. “Is it not the blood of men who went at the risk of their lives?” And David would not drink it.
2 Samuel 23:14-17 (NIV)
As David refused to drink the water from the three mighty men I couldn’t help but capture a similar attitude by Ken Mattingly who refused to sleep while the crew in Apollo 13 were in a crisis.
Ground Crew: “You need a break Ken?”
Ken: “If they don’t get one then I don’t get one”