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7. Exploring Space: Shaping Culture by E... > Nurturing the Culture of Location

Nurturing the Culture of Location

In the meantime, on the other side of the continent, at the California Institute of Technology, Dr. Stone selected Allan Frandsen to serve as the payload manager. Allan recalls his first meeting with Dr. Stone:

“During my interview when I was applying for the job of payload manager on ACE, Dr. Stone said, ‘Al, give me an idea of your management style.’ It was a question that I had not considered before. I thought about it for a few seconds and then answered, ‘Well, the first descriptive term that comes to mind is the word tranquility.’

Ironically enough, that seemed to startle him. So I added, ‘I guess what I mean is that if the situation is tranquil and the project is running smoothly, then I’ve anticipated all the problems and taken necessary actions to head them off.’


  

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