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- Prior to his time in space, Mike Mullane was an active colonel and weapon systems operator in the U.S. Air Force.
- Highly educated, Mullane holds an MS degree in aeronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is also a graduate of the Air Force Flight Test Engineer School in California.
- Mullane has been inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame, and was the recipient of the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, the Legion of Merit, and the NASA Space Flight Medal.
Mike Mullane is an astronaut that continues to inspire thousands of people around the world. He is a graduate of the prestigious West Point Academy, and a skilled Vietnam vet with over 130 combat missions to his name. He began his time with NASA as a mission specialist, and underwent nearly seven years of training before embarking on three direct space missions aboard the Discovery and Atlantis shuttles between 1978 and 1990.
Now retired, Mullane has since put his talents to use as an author and educator, publishing several books including the award-winning children’s book Liftoff! An Astronaut’s Dream, and the popular, non-fiction piece Do Your Ears Pop in Space? He recently took his daring nature to new heights by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak in 2010.
|I want people to understand that they can do a great deal more than they think they can.|
|What do you want people to learn and take away from your presentations?|
| I want them to understand fundamentals. I really emphasize that in my programs, and I want them to understand that guarding against normalization of deviance is critical to team and personal success. I want audiences to understand about responsibility and accountability. There is a sense of ownership that flows from our behavior, from our actions, our inactions, our belief systems, and our value systems. We own what occurs.
Furthermore, I want people to understand that they can do a great deal more than they think they can. It takes guts and courage, but through incremental challenge, we can really do some incredible things, take our teams to incredible altitudes, and it doesn't have to be one giant leap. We don't all have to be Jack Welches or some of these other A-list leaders we hear about. Pretty ordinary people, pretty ordinary teams can do extraordinary things when they live by a belief system in which we challenge ourselves to be better than who we are right now, and we challenge ourselves to the next goal.
|What kind of special prep work do you do prior to an event, and how do you prepare for your speaking engagements?|
|When I have a client that's interested in booking me or has booked me, I make certain that I look at their website. I telecom with them at least once to make sure I understand the theme of the meeting and what takeaways the clients want the audience to have when they walk out. Then, I look back on my experiences and see how those relate to the theme of the program, to the takeaways, and the message that the client wants me to develop.|
|One thing I really enjoy is when I go out with a client...they're learning something from me, I hope, but also, I'm learning from them.|
|Have you had any particularly memorable speaking engagements and/or unusual situations arise while you're on the road?|
| I've certainly been to many different areas that were memorable in the course of my speaking business. I've been to South America multiple times, Mexico, Canada, Europe, China, and the Middle East. I've traveled quite a bit delivering my message, because it has been widely received and in demand.
One thing I really enjoy is when I go out with a client and learn something from them. They're learning something from me, I hope, but also, I'm learning from them. I sit at some of their meetings before I'm introduced and get a feel of some very great leadership that I see reflected on the stage. I take that away myself and use some of what I’ve learned to be better the next time I present to an audience.
I've spoken to Fortune 10 corporations, many Fortune 500 corporations, and small mom-and-pop outfits, the latter of which are always great learning experiences because you can see the legacy of the family business’s development. It's a great symbiotic type of relationship when I'm out there on the road giving these talks, because I'm sharing my knowledge with them while learning from the knowledge they're presenting; as a result, I’m able to come away from these events smarter.
|What types of audiences would most benefit from your message?|
| I think a lot of people who are involved in hazardous operations can really identify with my story because these people are in industries where lives depend on team actions. They can identify with the lessons I develop around Challenger. Teams that are involved in oil and gas, manufacturing, transportation, healthcare, aviation, and construction can really take away a lot from my program.
Every team, though, regardless of their operating environment, can take away a great deal from the program, because I discuss fundamentals that every team needs to practice in order to succeed. Teams are differentiated by what they are trying to achieve, but there are universal rules to how teams operate, no matter their industry or goals.
As I tell people, "The only difference between teams are the rewards of success and the consequences of failure." We all get to our rewards by following the best practices, great teamwork, and great leadership. We all get to those rewards the same way, with our eyes on the fundamentals, but we will find our challenges, our disasters, and the ugly, predictable surprises awaiting us when we violate our best practices.
|In my Air Force career and at NASA, I really saw the good, the bad, and the ugly of teamwork and leadership.|
|What inspired you to start doing speaking engagements?|
| In my Air Force career and at NASA, I really saw the good, the bad, and the ugly of teamwork and leadership. After I retired, I lived through the Challenger disaster, which was very personal, very tragic, and heartbreaking. I could see there were some very important lessons to learn from that particular tragedy and from some other things I saw in my military career. I thought that if I could develop a program to share lessons learned from these events, it could help other people be better and might even save somebody's life.
I would like to think over the many, many years that I've been doing this, specifically for people that operate in hazardous environments, that something I’ve said has saved a life - that somebody there heard me mention the dangers of normalization of deviance, saw that they were engaging in some shortcutting of best practices, and made a course correction to get back on the right side of those best practices. There's of course no way of knowing, but I think I've had a very positive effect on many teams and particularly those where lives hang in the balance.
What clients are saying about Mike...
"You will be pleased to hear that your messages are reverberating around the hallways here. I don′t recall any other speaker who has created so much positive dialogue. Well done!"
Medtronic "I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your presentation for the employees at Ross Products. You said a lot of things that really hit home. Thanks again for your words of inspiration."
Ross Products (event organized by Speakers Platform) "WOW! Mike your presentation this morning at Ross was fantastic. I really enjoyed your humor, examples and candid message. The information you presented is applicable to all areas of business and life. Thanks again for a very enjoyable morning."
Ross Products (event organized by Speakers Platform)
"I just wanted to tell you how absolutely outstanding your presentation was yesterday. I missed getting the chance to say goodbye and wanted to be sure you knew just how much of an impact you had on our audience. I know in the near future, you will be hearing from our leadership team who will be sending a special recognition of our appreciation. In the meantime, I just needed to mention that our listeners, from Analysts to Partners benefited from your messages. It was evident how much of an impact you made when I could hear your same messages repeated during the remainder of the day by leaders who delivered the afternoon sessions. In particular, our most senior leaders were so impressed, I wouldn′t be surprised if you were invited to speak to a broader selection of that leadership team. My sincerest thanks for making the trip and sharing your experience with us."
"I could not miss the opportunity to tell you how absolutely pleased, entertained and educated we were, by Mike Mullane’s talk to our group. I have been doing this a long time and I can not think of a better, more focused and “spot on” talk. I will certainly recommend him for future engagements here!"
"I just wanted you to know that we are starting to get back the results of our conference survey and are seeing nothing but great responses to Mike Mullane. I believe many walked away with a validated sense of priority for their projects and initiatives. Mike managed to impart some very wise and important messages about team play and individual responsibility...they are not mutually exclusive as some might have thought. Mike′s personal experiences have shed light on ways to achieve goals through focus and determination."
American Automobile Association
"I hope this e-mail finds you well and your autobiography well on its way! The feedback from the TL Forum last month on your keynote has been simply tremendous. I have personally fielded numerous requests for the slides you presented specific to teamwork and leadership. I noticed while you were speaking people trying to write down your quotes and wisdom as fast as they could."
Mullane offers three distinct speaking programs. The first, entitled “Countdown to Teamwork,” details the power and pleasure of responsibility, courage, and leadership. As a seasoned Vietnam veteran, Mullane considers teamwork to be a major player behind the success of any individual, and strives to teach others how to achieve their full potential by helping and assisting others.
In the second program, known as “Countdown to Safety,” Mullane details his near-death experiences and the troubles he’s encountered as a war hero and astronaut. The former “space hound” gives his thoughts on safety, and why it can never be ignored. He advises his audiences to listen intently to themselves, and never ignore their own instincts just because someone else is in charge. He also promotes valid safety practices, which he cites as the reasons he’s still alive today.
In the third and final program (titled “The Lighter Side of Spaceflight”), Mullane shows his humorous side by showing the rigmarole involved in the daily life of a NASA astronaut. From how to sleep, bathe and eat, Mullane explains it all with no holds barred, and entertains his audiences with amazing photographs and video footage from his incredible journeys through space.
Countdown To Teamwork In “Countdown To Teamwork” Astronaut Mullane delivers a hard-hitting, substantive teamwork and leadership program that is also wonderfully entertaining. (In places the content is laugh-out-loud funny.) The program centers on the following fundamentals of teamwork:
“Countdown To Teamwork” is remarkably inspirational and humorous. The audience will come away from the program with a renewed sense of their potential and the potential of their teams.
Countdown to Safety
In his program, “Countdown To Safety”, Astronaut Mullane delivers a powerful message on the individual’s role in keeping themselves and their teams safe in hazardous environments. Mullane introduces this subject with a recount of his own near-death experience in a fighter jet, when he failed to speak up about an unsafe situation. He assumed another crewmember, with more flying time, “knew best” about the safety of their operations. At a critical moment in a hazardous operation, Mullane surrendered his responsibility for safety to someone else and became a “safety passenger”. The result was his (and the pilot’s) narrow escape during their ejection from the crashing jet.
Mullane continues this thread: that each individual brings to their team a unique perspective on safety. Only when every person’s perspective is available for analysis can a team be truly safe.
Another significant message within Mullane’s “Countdown To Safety” program is his discussion on “Normalization of Deviance.” He uses the space shuttle Challenger disaster to define this term, its safety consequences, and how individuals and teams can defend themselves from the phenomenon.
Challenger was the result of a failure of a booster rocket O-ring seal. Viewers will be shocked to know this failure was predicted: “It is my honest and very real fear that if we do not take immediate action to solve the problem, with the O-ring having the number one priority, then we stand in jeopardy of losing a flight along with all the launch pad facilities.” (From a NASA-contractor memo dated six months prior to Challenger).
When a burn-damaged O-ring (a criticality 1 deviance) was first observed following the second shuttle mission, NASA, under enormous schedule pressure, convinced themselves the problem could be fixed with minor modifications to booster assembly procedures and that a grounding the fleet (required for a criticality 1 deviance) was not necessary. As flights continued safely the correctness of the decision to accept the deviance was reinforced. Slowly the team’s launch decision-making became infected with this logic: repeated success in accepting a “grounding” deviance implied future success.
Challenger was a “predictable surprise.”
After defining “Normalization of Deviance”, Astronaut Mullane continues with an explanation of how individuals and teams can defeat this dangerous phenomenon through these practices:
The messages delivered in “Countdown To Safety” are reinforced with rarely seen NASA video and slides. The program is hard-hitting and fast-paced. It is certain to open the eyes of every viewer to their individual criticality to team safety.
The Lighter Side of Spaceflight
In his program, The Lighter Side of Spaceflight, Astronaut Mike Mullane will take the audience on a uniquely revealing, captivating and hilarious space journey. Using spectacular video and slides he will answer everybody’s space questions: What does a shuttle launch feel like?...How does an astronaut deal with the incredible fear of launch?...How do you sleep, bathe, eat, drink, etc.?....What do you see from space?...And, of course, he will answer the top two questions that astronauts are ever asked:
The answers to these questions and many, many more are lavishly wrapped with inside, hilarious stories and supported with amazing video.
The audience will not only be thoroughly entertained by The Lighter Side of Spaceflight but will they will also find Mullane’s message on goal setting and achievement to be powerfully inspirational. Most audiences are shocked to learn how ordinary Mullane was. People assume, because he is an astronaut now, that in his youth, he was a super-child, destined for great success. That is not the case. Mullane uses slides and video to prove he wasn′t a child genius. He wasn′t a high school sports star. He didn′t date the homecoming queen. He wasn’t popular. (He shows a slide of the dedication pages from his high school year book…which are blank except for a single inscription: “You missed Korea but here’s hoping you make Vietnam.”)
Yet, Mullane realized a lifetime dream of becoming an astronaut through the practice of “mapping the edge of his performance envelope”. Every individual and team has an “edge of a performance envelope” and individuals and teams find those “edges” (as team member, leaders, parents, spouses, etc.) through self-challenge and tenacity. (Mullane’s father was rendered a paraplegic at age 33 by polio and Mullane’s story of his parents response to that tragedy while raising six children is the basis of his message on tenacity and goal-achievement in the face of adversity). Mullane develops this philosophy of self-leadership: "Success isn′t a final destination. It′s a continuous life journey of mapping our performance envelopes through challenge and tenacity."
The Lighter Side of Spaceflight is remarkably inspirational and humorous. The audience will come away from the program with a renewed sense of their potential and the potential of their teams.
Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut
On February 1, 1978, the first group of space shuttle astronauts, twenty-nine men and six women, were introduced to the world. Among them would be history makers, including the first American woman and the first African American in space. This assembly of astronauts would carry NASA through the most tumultuous years of the space shuttle program. Four would die on Challenger.
USAF Colonel Mike Mullane was a member of this astronaut class, and Riding Rockets is his story -- told with a candor never before seen in an astronaut′s memoir. Mullane strips the heroic veneer from the astronaut corps and paints them as they are -- human. His tales of arrested development among military flyboys working with feminist pioneers and post-doc scientists are sometimes bawdy, often hilarious, and always entertaining.
Mullane vividly portrays every aspect of the astronaut experience -- from telling a female technician which urine-collection condom size is a fit; to walking along a Florida beach in a last, tearful goodbye with a spouse; to a wild, intoxicating, terrifying ride into space; to hearing "Taps" played over a friend′s grave. Mullane is brutally honest in his criticism of a NASA leadership whose bungling would precipitate the Challenger disaster.
Riding Rockets is a story of life in all its fateful uncertainty, of the impact of a family tragedy on a nine-year-old boy, of the revelatory effect of a machine called Sputnik, and of the life-steering powers of lust, love, and marriage. It is a story of the human experience that will resonate long after the call of "Wheel stop."
In this interview, Mike Mullane discusses:
• Fundamentals to any team's success.
• Normalization of deviation and how it led to the Challenger disaster.
• How incremental challenges and self-improvement can take you to new heights.