All we need are destinations
We'll take it from there.
— Charles Bolden *
THE DIRECTOR OF NASA WAS EXPLAINING WHAT HE NEEDED
from the White House and Congress.
Where do you want us to go and by when?
He was asking only for vision and guidance — nothing more. He had plenty of smart people who would figure out how to make it happen.
That's a powerful statement about leadership.
Are you providing the destinations and deadlines your people need — and then letting them figure out how to get there?
* CHARLES FRANK BOLDEN, JR., (born 1946) IS THE ADMINISTRATOR OF NASA, a retired United States Marine Corps Major General, and former NASA astronaut.
A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he became a Marine Aviator and flew more than 100 sorties into North and South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. In 1998, he served as Commanding General in support of Operation Desert Thunder in Kuwait.
After his military service, he returned to NASA, leading four space flights, including piloting the Atlantis, Discovery, and Columbia space shuttles, plus missions aboard Spacelab and deploying the Hubble Space Telescope.
In 2009, President Obama appointed Bolden to be Administrator of NASA.