Apollo 13 A Leadership Movie ULDP Lesson Plan. Notes to the Instructor Not a Slide for the Presentation. Recommend all hands watch the movie first This PowerPoint will address the competencies of: Technical Proficiency Team Building Effective Communications Problem Solving
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Technical Proficiency Team Building
Effective Communications Problem Solving
Vision Development Conflict Management
Creativity & Innovation
NASA's worst nightmare turned into one of the space agency's most heroic moments in 1970, when the Apollo 13 crew was forced to hobble home in a disabled capsule after an explosion seriously damaged the moon-bound spacecraft. The Apollo 13 crew and Houston-based mission controllers raced against time and heavy odds to return the damaged spacecraft safely to Earth from a distance of 205,500 miles. --Jeff Shannon
Leading Performance & Change
Decision Making & Problem Solving
Creativity & InnovationDiscussion Points
During this session we’ll discuss the challenges the Apollo 13 Team had to overcome to ensure the 3 astronauts were returned safely home. We’ll look at the Apollo crew and mission control and discuss their actions and compare them to the Coast Guard’s leadership competencies.
Once the accident happened how did Gene Krantz rely on the skills and expertise of his people?
How did Lovell work to initiate actions in the Space craft? Was he able to balance that with his technical responsibilities in the craft? How did he do it?
What steps does your unit take to maintain Technical Proficiency?Technical Proficiency
How did Lovell contribute to the group process when Mattingly wanted to practice the docking procedure again after 3 hrs of practice?
When Krantz had the team in the classroom how did he establish the goal and then how did he go about motivating others to achieve the goal of returning the space craft safely to earth?
Did Lovell make the right call when faced with the challenge of forcing Mattingly to stay behind because of the fear of measles?
How does a leader successfully build a strong team, but then separate him or herself from the Team to make a critical decision?
How’s your Team doing?Teambuilding
Even as everything is breaking loose in Mission Control, Gene Krantz asks his team to “Work the Problem.” He then listened to the experts report in on their areas of the mission. How did his effective comms set the stage for a successful recovery?
Krantz stated “Failure is not an option” and Lovell told his crew “I intend to go home.” By clearly stating their ideas and vision how did it direct the teams towards mission accomplishment?
Whose the best communicator you’ve ever worked with? What made them excel?Effective Communications
JFK’s Vision: "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth.“
How does a stated vision focus the unit and bring the crew together?
Lovell states; “Columbus, Lindberg, and Armstrong; it is not a miracle for man to walk on the moon, we just decided to go.”
What’s the vision at your unit? Has everyone decided “to go?” What can your unit do to get everyone “on board”?Vision Development & Implementation
How did Lovell deal with stress and conflict in the LEM?
How did the CO2 challenge help the crew to overcome the conflict they were experiencing?
Is there more or less conflict when people are busy and focused or when there is less to do and folks have time on their hands? Why?
How did Krantz and Lovell go about alleviating conflict between the crew and the Medical team?Conflict Management
How did the Team live the CG Competency of Decision Making and Problem Solving in working the “Power” problem to conclusion?
Right after the explosion Krantz’s asks Mission Control “What do we have on the Space Craft that’s good?”
Why did he ask this question?
How did it aid in making the correct decision to shut down the fuel cells?
Does everyone at your unit ensure that the Decision Makers have all the available and correct information? Why or Why not?Decision Making & Problem Solving
We’ve discussed a lot of positive leadership qualities during this session. How did Gene Krantz create an environment with his Mission Control team to ensure they were able to figure out how to solve the CO2 problem with a “Square Peg in a Round Hole!”
Lovell states at the end of the movie; “Thousands of people worked to bring the 3 of us back home.” How did creativity and innovation make the “Successful Failure” a reality?
How does your unit build on Lessons Learned?Creativity and Innovation