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NASA-4D Leadership Course

You Are About To Get 4-Dimensional


Get your 8 insights into what NASA learned to become the best place in government 11 years running

You may have seen footage of the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster that rocked the world and wondered what happened? 

The 7 astronaut fatalities and other subsequent failed missions led to senate inquiries and NASA’s eventual realisation that those disasters were due to social context, and not technical incompetence. 

Learn how NASA turned this around to become the Best Place to Work in federal government for the 11th year in a row. See why NASA’s 4-Dimensional Leadership program has been voluntarily completed by over 1,500 NASA leaders and teams. 

Discover the 8 practical behaviours that have enabled leaders to shift social context, build trust, and establish a compelling sense of shared purpose. 

Course Inclusions

▪ You are a leader wanting to create the conditions for high performance in your team
▪ You are an HR professional seeking a world-class enhancement to your leadership programs
▪ You are curious about how high-performing leaders and their teams are trained

Who Should Attend?

Highly Technical Teams - Technical teams (or leaders of technical teams) seeking to create the conditions for high-performance
Retention – HR Executives seeking to build teams that increase and optimise retention
Holistic Culture – Executive leaders seeking to create the conditions for high performance in their teams or the organisation as a whole
Future Skilling – HR professionals refreshing, enhancing or reinventing their leadership courses to incorporate future skills
Team Enhance – Teams and leaders looking to set high standards and outperform

Learning Outcomes

High Performance - Be equipped with the skills to create psychological safety and high-performing teams
Alter Social Context - Acquire the ability to recognise and shift teams away from ‘red story lines’ to reality-based optimism
Be Inspired - Take inspiration from the lessons that made NASA the Best Place to Work in Federal Government for 11 years in a row
Save Time - Establish high-performing teams without the usual ‘forming’, ‘storming’, ‘norming’ and ‘performing’ dramas
Immediate Application - Apply these behaviours to your organisation for accreditation and immediate impact

In-house Training

NASA-4D Leadership Course

Session details

  • Learn to leverage 8 practical behaviours to build high-performing teams.
  • Hands-on training customised to meet your business needs
  • Award winning trainers

Level: Advanced

Familiarity with the topic is required

Key Sessions

You will address the invisible settings that make up the social contract of high-performing teams and bypass the usual forming, storming, norming and performing dramas (Tuckman, 1965) that teams endure to become high-functioning.

Meet Your Facilitator

Paul Hawkins

Chief Combobulator

Paul is the Chief Combobulator at Crazy Might Work, an award-winning, for-purpose innovation agency – and the first to be launched in Antarctica.

Prior to founding Crazy Might Work, Paul worked for multi-nationals in over 20 countries, on programs ranging from mergers and acquisitions to global shared services. In 2005, he left the corporate world to start a cross-border mergers and acquisitions advisory firm, and, in 2015, took the plunge again, founding Crazy Might Work to provide leadership development and breakthrough thinking capabilities to multi-nationals, governments, agencies, and not-for- profits.

He is certified in neuroscience, innovation, Lego® Serious Play® and appreciative inquiry through the Neuro-Leadership Institute, Stanford and Case Western Universities, respectively. He facilitates the 4-D program used by NASA and chairs the board of a community services not-for-profit, as well as events like World Forum Disrupt and the Humans in Space Summit.

Paul is currently completing a doctorate in breakthrough innovation, whilst at the same time preparing for a charity boxing event, which he says makes him the only person on the planet who is actively becoming cleverer and stupider at the same time.

Melanie Farmer

Concierge of Co-Creation

Melanie has a Masters degree in Innovation and Marketing and is currently completing a Masters degree in Biomimicry. Previously, she launched a successful digital startup in the UK, creating impetus for her next move into the innovation consulting arm at the University of Sussex Innovation Centre in the UK.

There, she co- designed hundreds of business models, ranging from the electric car charging posts to game design. In that capacity, she contributed to winning awards such as ‘UK Business Incubator of the Year’ and the ’Queen’s Award for Enterprise’. She was asked to deliver innovation keynotes to the European Union and to judge the prestigious Eureka Prize.

More recently, in the Australian university sector, she has negotiated and managed multi-million-dollar cross-sector research projects, launched investor networks and turned cultures around (winning an international award for impact in this arena). She now co-facilitates the NASA 4-D program for high-performing teams and is the first Australian businesswoman to qualify in the practice of biomimicry. She lives with her husband and dog, Holly, at the foot of the Blue Mountains in Sydney and plays piano, guitar and kayaks on the Nepean River for a change of pace.

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