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Books

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Leading Change

By John Kotter
John Kotter outlines an eight-step process for leading change and identifies the hurdles and potential derailers in the change process. He advises leaders on how to lead transformation that keeps organizations competitive in a rapidly changing environment.

Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard

By Dan Heath and Chip Heath
The authors of Switch rely on decades of research in psychology, sociology and other fields to explain how to overcome the obstacles of emotional barriers to change.

Space 2.0: How Private Spaceflight, a Resurgent NASA, and International Partners are Creating a New Space Age

By Rod Pyle
No longer the exclusive domain of government entities such as NASA and other national agencies, space exploration is rapidly becoming privatized. This shift paves the way for new innovations that will change the way we live, both in space and on Earth. Space 2.0 examines the new partnerships that are revolutionizing spaceflight and changing the way we reach for the stars.

The Case for Space: How the Revolution in Spaceflight Opens Up a Future of Limitless Possibility

By Robert Zubrin
The new space race promises a revolution in spaceflight, driving innovation as companies compete to push the boundaries of human spaceflight.

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Articles

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The 5 Skills That Innovative Leaders Have in Common:

By Katherine Graham-Leviss (Harvard Business Review)
Citing the Conference Board’s 2015 CEO Challenge study, that identified innovation as one of the long-term challenges to driving business growth, this article identifies what leaders at the top do to drive innovation.

Innovation Springs from the Unexpected Meeting of Minds

By Beth Comstock (Harvard Business Review)
One of the many tools for overcoming barriers to innovation is being willing to crossover. This article provides examples of the innovation that happens when ideas from one sector cross-over into others.

Innovation Springs from the Unexpected Meeting of Minds

By Beth Comstock (Harvard Business Review)
One of the many tools for overcoming barriers to innovation is being willing to crossover. This article provides examples of the innovation that happens when ideas from one sector cross-over into others.

Why Company Culture is Overrated

By Carl Robinson (CFO Magazine)
One of the main themes of Launch Point is how leaders can develop a culture of innovation. This article explores the importance of intent behind developing a culture and the importance of a leader in setting that culture.

Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail

By John Kotter (Harvard Business Review)

Accelerate!

By John Kotter (Harvard Business Review)
For organizations to be more agile in today’s complex business environment, they need more than the traditional operating processes. Kotter makes the case for adding a more networked structure to already existing hierarchical structures to help companies accelerate the pace of change.

Why Design Thinking Works

By Jeanne Liedtka (Harvard Business Review)
Design thinking is transforming the way that organizations innovate, much in the same way that total quality management did for manufacturing. Design thinking helps organizations break through the typical barriers to innovation.

Design Thinking Comes of Age

By John Kolko (Harvard Business Review)
Design thinking is a tool that is most often associated with product design. Many companies are applying the principles popularized by design thinking throughout the business. This article outlines the basics of design thinking for business as well as identifying potential challenges.

NASA Facts: Commercial Crew Program

NASA
Provides a brief overview of how NASA is working with commercial partners to develop the future of space transformation.

NASA Could Have People Living on the Moon in 8 Years. And That’s Just the Beginning

By Jeffrey Kluger (Time)
A current look at NASA’s vision for going to the moon and developing the Lunar Orbital Platform – Gateway, that will allow humans to travel into deep space in the near future.

Blue Origin books New Glenn rocket launch contracts:

By James Dean (USA Today)
For more information on Blue Origin and how they are planning to develop the next generation of rockets to take humans to lower earth orbit.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is using a powerful rocket technology. NASA advisors say it could put lives at risk.

By Christian Davenport (The Washington Post)
Innovation often comes with risks. This article discusses the culture clash between NASA and commercial space companies when it comes to their approach to innovation.

The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Space:

By Erik Sofge (Fast Company)
A quick overview of the main players in the new space race and their accomplishments.

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