How NASA Builds Teams Mission Critical Soft Skills for Scientists, Engineers, and Project Teams

ISBN-10: 0470456485

ISBN-13: 9780470456484

Edition: 2009

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Developed over 15 years by one of NASA's lead astrophysicists, the book and accompanying soft skills assessment questionnaire (included in the book and available free online), is a powerful, proven system to build high performing teams. It is widely used by NASA astronauts, Space Shuttle crew members, Space Station teams, and engineering teams as a rigorous, measurement-based, techie-friendly approach to improving communication, motivation, and soft skills. Each chapter describes key elements of an effective teambuilding system, based on the free assessment tool included in the book, which can be taken by each member of your team. In the "4-D System", "4-D" is shorthand for the "Four Dimensions" that measure and enhance teams and their members. The Four Dimensions are Including/Relating, Cultivating/Valuing, Visioning/Creating, and Directing/Organizing.
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Book details

List price: $47.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Canada, Limited
Publication date: 7/7/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Charles J. Pellerin holds a PhD in astrophysics and is the former director of NASA's Astrophysics Division, where he oversaw an annual budget of $750 million, launched a dozen satellites, and led the team that repaired the Hubble Space Telescope. He was also Professor of Leadership in the business school at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Understanding and Analyzing Context
Think You Can Ignore Context? Hubble's Flawed Mirror Might Wake You Up
Managing Social Context Manages Technical Performance
The 4-D System: A Simple Tool to Analyze Team and Individual Performance
Using 4-D Assessments and Representative Results From NASA
The 4-D Assessment Process
NASA's 4-D Teambuilding Results
4-D Diagnostics: How to Color Code Your Team's Context
Using the 4-D System to Color Your Personalities
Using the 4-D System to Analyze Cultures
Incoherent Project Mindset Colors? Update Your Resume
Shifting the Context
The Context Shifting Worksheet (CSW)
Red Story-Lines Limit Team Performance
Manage Your Emotions to Manage Your Team's Energy
People Need to Feel Appreciated by You
Mine the Gold in Your Shared Interests
People Need to Feel Included by You
Building Trustworthy Contexts
Creating the Future You Want
Your Team Can't Afford Drama
Don't Put Good People in Bad Places
Epilogue: Hubble's Legacy
References
Index
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