If you love space and legal technology this is the best Keynote you’ll ever hear. If you don’t love both, you’ll still find Stephen Carver’s Keynote, “Leadership Under Stress: Exploring Project Failure at NASA,” a great presentation. His walk through the history of NASA reminds us that communication is key in teamwork.
He prefaced his history lesson by showing a comic of a pedestrian waving to a taxi saying, “Taxi,” and the taxi driver saying, “Pedestrian.” Stephen said, “Data is moving between the parties, but no real understanding is taking place.” This would be a common fault of the failed NASA projects.
NASA employees were shown saying how they knew the failures would happen, but they didn’t do anything about it. Stephen brought it full circle to our attendees by mentioning, if you know something wrong is going to happen with your organization, speak up! Don’t let a lack of communication be the fault of our projects.
What People Are Saying
Karla Upton, MS, PMP, Enterprise Applications Support & QA/QC Manager at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP via LinkedIn
Stephen Carver 's Keynote was excellent - inspiring and sobering. Some of our stakes may not be as high, but we should apply the lessons learned. Thank you for such an important presentation. 20 presentations a year is still too few. #iltasonit
Bárbara Gondim da Rocha, Head of Knowledge Management and Innovation at Rocha, Marinho E Sales Advogados via LinkedIn
My 9-year-old son (who is still learning his first English words) was with me during Stephen Carver's keynote and he stayed until it was over. That's how amazing it was! ILTA>ON has just started and it's already epic!
Joe Patrice, Senior Editor via Above the Law
The first day of the online show, kicked off with a keynote from Stephen Carver of The Cranfield School of Management on “Leadership Under Stress” focusing on NASA mission failures. Because when you think of a major law firm, the stakes are exactly like strapping human beings on top of several tons of barely controlled explosives.