NASA Paul Sean Hill

• Former NASA flight director Paul Hill said he clashed with his Russian counterparts at first, while working on a problem facing the International Space Station.

• Ultimately, he said the two teams were able to develop mutual respect for one another.

• Hill said demonstrating competence and bonding outside of the office helped turn the situation around.

You’re not going to automatically get along with everyone you work with.

Former NASA flight director Paul Hill ran into this problem around 1999, when he began working with his counterparts from Roscosmos — the Russian space program.

The two institutions had recently launched the International Space Station (ISS), and the Russian functional cargo block electrical system began to dim and run into battery problems.

Hill and his Russian counterparts had to fix the problem before they lost the entire structure.

“Early on, we were head-butting,” Hill told Business Insider. “Like you would see in the movies, Russians and Americans not getting along, not being helpful with each other. We couldn’t agree. Just the questions we were asking were pissing the Russians off.”

Hill, the author of “Leadership from the Mission Control Room to the Boardroom: A Guide …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Strategy

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