Lessons on Tossing Out the Rule Book

By General John Michel

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“Mindless habitual behavior is the enemy of innovation.”
Rosabeth Moss Kanter

“Houston, we have a problem!”

These five words, originally spoken over forty years ago by astronaut Jack Swigert of Apollo 13 on April 14, 1970, immediately captured the attention of citizens the world over.

The warning to the Houston Space Center of a major technical fault in the electrical system of one of the spacecraft’s oxygen tanks certainly caused well founded concern. It also immediately sent technicians and scientists into a full-fledged search for innovative solutions to this unexpected life-threatening situation.

For the next seventy-two hours, scores of people worked around the …read more

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John E. Michel is a widely recognized expert in culture, strategy & individual and organizational change. An accomplished unconventional leader and proven status quo buster, he has successfully led several multi-billion dollar transformation efforts and his award-winning work has been featured in a wide variety of articles and journals, including the Harvard Business Review. In addition to serving our nation as an active duty General Officer in the United States Air Force, John enjoys helping people learn to walk differently in the world so they can become the best version of themselves possible. He is blessed to be married to the most patient person on the planet and together, they have two amazing sons. You are encouraged to learn more about John at his website, www.MediocreMe.com Contact John Michel via email ( JohnMichel@GeneralLeadership.com) || Military Biography (http://www.af.mil/information/bios/bio.asp?bioID=15666)

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