How Did I Get Here?

Growing up, I rarely had to look for guidance. On my first job outside of home, for instance, I learned the value of workmanship. It was the summer before I started seventh grade, and like many young men at that age, I got my first taste of the working world by mowing lawns.

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From Apprenticeship to Management

From Apprenticeship to Management

Twice in my NASA career I have had the opportunity to mentor young assistant mission managers. The first experience occurred when I was mission manager for the International Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Science (ATLAS).

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In This Issue: Mentoring and More

By Todd Post In one of my earlier careers as a rhetorician, I learned that the best way to understand a subject lies in listening to individuals talk about it from their own experiences.

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Arrogance: Number One Enemy of Learning

By Dr. Alexander Laufer Learning from Experience I was confused and didn’t know how to react when Jim Carroll, a highly regarded figure in the construction industry, proudly presented me with his “Nine Elements for Project Success,” the product of two years arduous labor.

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Welcome to ASK

By Dr. Edward Hoffman I sat mesmerized the other evening listening to a discussion about the space program. The event was sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution. A panel of prominent media insiders was sharing stories of the Space Race and the Apollo dramas that unfolded with it.

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Tough Questions

Driving back to my hotel, I felt exhausted. I had just spent four days at the Defense Systems Management College, meeting with 12 small groups of program management students to discuss a case study they had just completed.

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SHAZAM and His Mentor

SHAZAM and His Mentor

It’s amazing how the things you learn growing up stick with you. Take my introduction early in life with mentoring. I was introduced to this concept in a 1970s Saturday morning television show called “Shazam.”

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<em>ASK</em> Talks with Elizabeth Citrin

ASK Talks with Elizabeth Citrin

ASK: You came to project management from a systems engineering background, correct?

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