Captain Scott Kelly, whose longest mission aboard the International Space Station lasted nearly a year, is uniquely acquainted with leading through uncertain times--and doing so while confined to a small space, separated from friends and colleagues.
Kelly's thoughts are apt for a world coping with the coronavirus, one reason he's the first guest on our new Inc. podcast, What I Know. I interviewed him about the many lessons he's learned during his fascinating rise from unfocused student to commanding a group of international astronauts.
He explained that one strategy for mitigating crises is to think like an engineer: Even during high-stress times, always consider and plan for worst-case scenarios. He says NASA taught him to constantly think, "What's the next worst thing that can happen? And, then, what is the next worst thing that could happen after that?"