In 1996, he piloted Atlantis to the Russian space station Mir. With the STS-90 “Neurolab” mission on Columbia in 1998, Rick commanded the most complex scientific research space mission ever flown, with unparalleled mission success. Rick has over twenty-five years of experience as a leader in some of the most demanding team endeavors possible – human space flight, test flying, and tactical military aviation. Unsurpassed credibility and experience coupled with out-of-this-world speaking skills!
Colonel Searfoss was the number one graduate in his United States Air Force Academy class overall, academically, in engineering, and in the Aeronautical Engineering major. He later earned a graduate degree from the California Institute of Technology on a National Science Foundation Fellowship. Outstanding Young Men of America, distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons (Topgun) School and U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. His many awards include F-111 Instructor Pilot of the Year, Air Force Aero Propulsion Laboratory Excellence in Turbine Engine Design Award, Distinguished Flying Cross, Defense Superior Service Medal, and NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal. Top results through dedicated effort and commitment. Rick brings that same dedication to enthusiastically sharing the principles of success with Beyond the unique professional experiences he has enjoyed, Rick’s incredibly supportive wife and three daughters keep him focused on what’s truly important: faith, family and service beyond self. His varied outside interests include running, backpacking, model airplanes, soccer, science fiction, and classical music. With compelling firsthand examples from richly rewarding professional and personal experiences, Rick speaks from the heart to teach, motivate, enlighten, and uplift audiences and fulfill his personal mission:
“Sharing the achievement, teamwork, and leadership lessons of human space flight while bringing the wonder of Space to Earth for all to enjoy”
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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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!
CUSTOMER SERVICE “Customer Service – The Mission that Matters!”
Imagine leading a 500 million dollar project that was over 8 years in development and which peaked in a short 16 day window. Now consider delivering a unique service in one of the most hostile and unforgiving environments possible, on behalf of thousands of clients and customers who gambled their professional hopes, dreams, and future on your performance. With a “service before self” focus, Space Shuttle commander Rick Searfoss shares a powerful, results-oriented approach to energizing customer service regardless of the challenges!
OVERCOMING ADVERSITY, PERSISTENCE “Overcoming Adversity in Today’s World”
Robust resiliency – the fighter pilot-test pilot-astronaut key attitude to conquering the adversities that invariably come our way. Forging out boldly into dangerous unknown territory takes a special mindset and skills. Astronauts train continually to build this robust “right stuff” resiliency to handle emergencies and setbacks. This go-for-it mentality mixed with unwavering dedication to applying correct principles is empowering and energizing! Learn from Rick how you too can overcome the environment and the competition regardless of the obstacles.
SAFETY “Safety – The Only Option”
Flying safety officer for the U. S. Astronaut Corps, major aerospace company Executive Safety Director, Chief of Flight Test for the world’s only liquid-propellant rocket plane development company, and Space Shuttle Commander responsible for a $2 billion national asset and seven lives. With this safety leadership experience and a totally accident-free 25 year military and NASA high performance jet flying career, Colonel Rick Searfoss shares lessons and attitudes for building an effective “failure is not an option” safety culture.
INSPIRATION, ADVENTURE, PATRIOTIC “Land of Promise – America the Beautiful from Space”
Fascinating stories, breathtaking images – beauty, wonder, hope. America truly is a blessed and promised land. One orbital view forcefully confirms the special beauty and place our country holds on Earth. Through the glorious medium of astronaut earth observations photographs, many of which he took himself, Rick will carry you on a breathtaking journey around this land, from North to South and coast to coast. A fascinating combination of inspiring historical, geographical, geological, and cultural stories with stunning images testifying of sublime beauty, wonder, and hope. This delightfully unique presentation will fill you with pride to be an American.
FUTURE, CHANGE, TECHNOLOGY “Dreams to Hopes to Realities”
Optimistic view of the amazing possibilities. In a short 100 years humankind has gone from earthbound to living in space. What challenges and opportunities await us in the next 100 years? As Dr. Robert Goddard, inventor of the liquid fueled rocket engine, proclaimed, “Who is to say what is impossible? For the dreams of yesterday are the hopes of today and the realities of tomorrow.” With the combined perspective of having flown in space, a world-class technical education, and ongoing involvement with private entrepreneurial space ventures, Rick offers an visionary and enthusiastic view of the life-changing possibilities ahead of us. Spectacular video and still imagery in every program to amplify Rick’s powerful messages!
The Vision: “Sharing the leadership, teamwork, innovation, and peak performance lessons of human space flight to empower organizations to achieve out-of-this-world results!”