Breaking boundaries to solve complex problems calls for "exploration leadership"...
What is "exploration leadership"? Retired NASA astronaut, Steve Smith states that exploration leaders possess the following attributes:
John F. Kennedy summed all of these aspects up well in 1962, when he said: "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win."
Carlos Acosta and I had the privilege of hearing these points directly from Steve Smith at our most recent IRC Global Search Partners meeting in San Francisco with our partners from the Americas region. As one of our keynote speakers at the meeting, Steve spoke about how exploration leadership is such a critical element of those who defy the elements to support Space exploration.
With the endless array of business challenges in front of our clients, we found Steve's presentation to offer a refreshing perspective about what it takes to lead in a time of unparalleled disruption. Businesses must be vigilant and responsive to be disruptive forces for good and to be so, the leader must be prepared to disrupt themselves or risk "being a casualty of disruption".
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Having spent many years at KPMG as a partner and finally as Head of Corporate Finance, Midlands, Richard Boot currently chairs and holds directorship of various companies associated with staffing and recruitment. He is also a former board member of IRC Global Executive Search Partners.