Rick Searfoss

Rick Searfoss

Space Shuttle Miassion Commander & Pilot
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LEADERSHIP “Right Stuff Leadership! – Solutions from a Top Gun Command Astronaut”
Purpose – Program – People – Perspective. True leaders balance all these elements to get the job done, build their organization, and uplift their followers. Colonel Rick Searfoss, Top Gun fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut, personally knows that commanding a Space Shuttle mission requires the utmost in competent, trustworthy, and service-oriented leadership. Too much is at stake for anything less than the real “right stuff!” Crucial real-world lessons delivered with high energy for all leaders

TEAMWORK, TRUST “Trust-Based Teamwork”
Secrets of trust-based, effective teams. Astronaut crewmates must act in unity as a finely honed team, literally trusting their lives to one another while fulfilling their nation’s trust to care for billions of dollars of national assets and achieve real results for mission success. They also need to lead and motivate the members of a vast variety of other specialized teams for the mission to succeed. It’s the perfect model for any ambitious team venture! Space Shuttle Commander and “team captain” Rick Searfoss shares these universal teamwork principles to accelerate your team's ascent to the pinnacle of cohesion and success.

INNOVATION, ADAPTABILITY "Boosting Leading-Edge Innovation”
Develop flexible adaptability to embrace the opportunities change offers. Research, innovation, and the exploration of the unknown in space give startling examples of adaptability. Amplified with Rick’s unique current test pilot work helping develop leading-edge new technologies with the most creative private space companies of the new millennium, this program will prepare your team to innovate your way to a profitable and exciting future!

EXECUTION, ACCOUNTABILITY “Execution Excellence When It Really Matters”
Human space flight demands the relentless pursuit of execution perfection. Learn how to apply the real-life execution principles learned from leading Space Shuttle missions to your own dynamic business challenges. Colonel Searfoss’ Prepare – Apply – Adapt – Debrief Astronaut Execution Cycle provides crucial keys for those in today’s difficult business environment who must get the job done, and done right!

SALES, PEAK PERFORMANCE "Countdown to Success! – The Peak Performance Primer”
Competition to become an astronaut is fierce and only the very peak performers – literally one in thousands – succeed. Much like in Sales! From a successful astronaut career to his entrepreneurial space company business development leadership successes in recent years, pinnacle performer Rick Searfoss has wired the Countdown to Success. This program will arm you with the tools and attitudes to launch your own trajectory to peak personal effectiveness in sales or in life, for out-of-this-world results!


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Rick Searfoss is one of less than 100 people to ever command a human space mission. In his career he has led many different teams. He commanded the most complex science research space mission ever, the STS-90 Neurolab flight on Columbia, with unparalleled mission success. He also piloted two other space flights, including a joint Russian-American mission to the Mir space station.

Prior to becoming an astronaut Colonel Searfoss was a fighter pilot and test pilot in the U.S. Air Force, with over 5600 hours flying time in 70 different types of aircraft. A distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and the U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School, his recent test flying work includes flying the EZ Rocket and Rocket Racer prototype demonstrator aircraft as test pilot and Director of Flight Operations for XCOR Aerospace. He is currently the only tri-qualified liquid-propellant rocket pilot in the world.

Rick was a contributing author to the book Leadership on the Run – How to Get Better Results Faster. He also consults regularly for numerous entrepreneurial space ventures, including serving as the Chief Judge for the $10 million Ansari X Prize for the first private reusable human spacecraft. As a high-content expert speaker on leadership, teamwork, innovation, and peak performance, his extensive leadership experience and work with some of the most innovative companies of the new millennium enable him to fulfill his mission of sharing the teamwork, leadership, and innovation lessons of human space flight while bringing the wonders of Space to Earth for all to enjoy.

Rick’s numerous awards include the Harmon, Fairchild, Price and Tober Awards as the number one overall, academic, engineering, and aeronautical engineering graduate in his USAF Academy class, National Science Foundation Fellowship to Cal Tech, USAF Squadron Officer's School Commandant's Trophy as top graduate, Tactical Air Command F-111 Instructor Pilot of the Year, Outstanding Young Men of America, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, NASA Exceptional Service Medal, NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Legion of Merit.

Rick resides in California with his wife and daughters, who have always graciously and patiently supported his flying, space, and storytelling habits!

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