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The Right Kind of Crazy - A True Story of Teamwork, Leadership, and High-Stakes Innovation

Adam Steltzner

From Adam Steltzner, who led the Entry, Descent, and Landing team in landing the Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars, comes a profound book about breakthrough innovation in the face of the impossible The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is home to some of history's most jaw-dropping feats of engineering. When NASA needed to land Curiosity-a 2,000-pound, $2.5 billion rover-on the surface of Mars, 140 million miles away, they turned to JPL. Steltzner's team couldn't test their kooky solution, the Sky Crane. They were on an unmissable deadline, and the world would be watching when they succeeded-or failed. At the helm of this effort was an unlikely rocket scientist and accidental leader, Adam Steltzner. After barely graduating from high school, he followed his curiosity to the local community college to find out why the stars moved. Soon he discovered an astonishing gift for math and physics. After getting his Ph.D. he ensconced himself within JPL, NASA's decidedly unbureaucratic cousin, where success in a mission is the only metric that matters. The Right Kind of Crazy is a first-person account of innovation that is relevant to any­one working in science, art, or technology. For instance, Steltzner describes: ·How his team learned to switch from fear-based to curiosity-based decision making ·How to escape "The Dark Room"-the creative block caused by fear, uncertainty, and the lack of a clear path forward ·How to tell when we're too in love with our own ideas to be objective about them-and, conversely, when to fight for them ·How to foster mutual respect within teams while still bashing bad ideas The Right Kind of Crazy is a book for anyone who wants to channel their craziness into creativity, balance discord and harmony, and find a signal in a flood of noise. From the Hardcover edition.

From Adam Steltzner, who led the Entry, Descent, and Landing team in landing the Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars, comes a profound book about breakthrough innovation in the face of the impossible The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is home to some of history's most jaw-dropping feats of engineering. When NASA needed to land Curiosity-a 2,000-pound, $2.5 billion rover-on the surface of Mars, 140 million miles away, they turned to JPL. Steltzner's team couldn't test their kooky solution, the Sky Crane. They were on an unmissable deadline, and the world would be watching when they succeeded-or failed. At the helm of this effort was an unlikely rocket scientist and accidental leader, Adam Steltzner. After barely graduating from high school, he followed his curiosity to the local community college to find out why the stars moved. Soon he discovered an astonishing gift for math and physics. After getting his Ph.D. he ensconced himself within JPL, NASA's decidedly unbureaucratic cousin, where success in a mission is the only metric that matters. The Right Kind of Crazy is a first-person account of innovation that is relevant to any­one working in science, art, or technology. For instance, Steltzner describes: ·How his team learned to switch from fear-based to curiosity-based decision making ·How to escape "The Dark Room"-the creative block caused by fear, uncertainty, and the lack of a clear path forward ·How to tell when we're too in love with our own ideas to be objective about them-and, conversely, when to fight for them ·How to foster mutual respect within teams while still bashing bad ideas The Right Kind of Crazy is a book for anyone who wants to channel their craziness into creativity, balance discord and harmony, and find a signal in a flood of noise. From the Hardcover edition.
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From Adam Steltzner, who led the Entry, Descent, and Landing team in landing the Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars, comes a profound book about breakthrough innovation in the face of the impossible The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is home to some of history's most jaw-dropping feats of engineering. When NASA needed to land Curiosity-a 2,000-pound, $2.5 billion rover-on the surface of Mars, 140 million miles away, they turned to JPL. Steltzner's team couldn't test their kooky solution, the Sky Crane. They were on an unmissable deadline, and the world would be watching when they succeeded-or failed. At the helm of this effort was an unlikely rocket scientist and accidental leader, Adam Steltzner. After barely graduating from high school, he followed his curiosity to the local community college to find out why the stars moved. Soon he discovered an astonishing gift for math and physics. After getting his Ph.D. he ensconced himself within JPL, NASA's decidedly unbureaucratic cousin, where success in a mission is the only metric that matters. The Right Kind of Crazy is a first-person account of innovation that is relevant to any­one working in science, art, or technology. For instance, Steltzner describes: ·How his team learned to switch from fear-based to curiosity-based decision making ·How to escape "The Dark Room"-the creative block caused by fear, uncertainty, and the lack of a clear path forward ·How to tell when we're too in love with our own ideas to be objective about them-and, conversely, when to fight for them ·How to foster mutual respect within teams while still bashing bad ideas The Right Kind of Crazy is a book for anyone who wants to channel their craziness into creativity, balance discord and harmony, and find a signal in a flood of noise. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

William Patrick, Christopher Grove

Length:

7h 14m


Chapters

Free Sample

04:45

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:49


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:48


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:01


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:24


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:29


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:57


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:20


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:18


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:25


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:13


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:45


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:31


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:52


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:16


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:14


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:02


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:17


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:12


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:37


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:15


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:13


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:40


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:35


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:56


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:21


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:25


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:22


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:36


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:43


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:07


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:13


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:46


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:59


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:17


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:33


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:11


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:25


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:11


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:50


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:44


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:05


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:14


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:15


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:53


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:40


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:53


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:35


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:45


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:43


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:19


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:29


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:40


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:05


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:08


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:36


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

02:10


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:29


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:08


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:40


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:08


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:40


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:54


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:21


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:25


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

02:51


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:58


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:02


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:09


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:39


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:07


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:13


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:08


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

00:36