Born November 13th, 1974 in Moscow, Russia, Sergey Ryazanskiy is the world’s first scientist who became a spacecraft commander. He performed 2 space flights, lasting in total 306 days and did 4 spacewalks lasting 27 hours and 35 minutes total.
He graduated from the biology faculty of Moscow State University and worked in the Institute of Medical and Biological Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He also has a Ph.D. in Physiology and Aviation and Space Medicine.
Session: View From Above
Some highlights of his motivational speech are the following:
- Leadership, finding compromise, “conflictology” (an ability to argue respectfully), trust, and responsibility as factors of successful cooperation
- Decision-making related issues, brainstorming, identifying best management approach, non-directive management
- Motivation through establishing an adequate goal, that is visible to all parties—selecting a team versus having to work with a team “imposed” on a manager
- Being effective in stressful conditions
- Working in a multi-national team, finding a common language
- Relationship between central office and divisions. Who plays a major role, how to share responsibility areas and find common ground
- An astronaut’s approach to safety issues, implementation of corporate safety culture in business
- Developing one’s agenda and ability to prioritize