About: Ron Garan
Highly engaging and inspiring, Ron Garan uses the International Space Station and many other examples of profound collaboration to drive home the incredible power of being able to set aside our differences and work together toward a shared goal.
Former NASA astronaut and highly decorated combat fighter Ron Garan racked up 178 days in space and more than 71 million miles in 2,842 orbits during tours on the International Space Station after launching to space aboard the US Space Shuttle and Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
Prior to those journeys, he lived and conducted research on the bottom of the ocean in the world’s only undersea research lab, Aquarius. Before reaching the summit of his career, Ron Garan, a former test pilot and graduate of the US Naval Test Pilot School, taught hundreds of aspiring pilots how to “up their game” at the prestigious USAF Fighter Weapons School, the Air Force version of Top Gun.
Today, Ron Garan is celebrated for his research in space and for his humanitarian contribution to life on Earth.
Ron Garan has been a member of several high-performing teams in combat, during high-risk test flights, and in dealing with life-or-death aircraft emergencies—which have forged a process to turn stress into performance.
Ron Garan merges those lessons with his entrepreneurial and corporate executive experience, providing unique insights for organizations facing tough challenges.
The idea of strapping yourself to a rocket filled with 4 million pounds of explosives forces one to learn and accept new technology.
Many of the problems facing organizations today have technological solutions. However, we can’t just slap a technical Band-Aid on a problem and expect it to go away. Success occurs when we take a holistic approach to technical solutions. Using real-world examples, Ron navigates the benefits and unintended consequences of technology in an increasingly interdependent landscape.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Business enterprise has the incredible power either to destroy our world by clinging to a two-dimensional, us-versus-them, winner-take-all mind-set at all costs, or to save our world by embracing the reality of the interdependent nature of all things and incorporating a new paradigm of long-term thinking and profound collaboration.
Companies that cling to the old models will begin to see themselves being left behind and will have to adapt, evolve, and take on a much more cooperative approach to keep up with the economic growth that true collaboration will spark.
Learn how to write corporate social responsibility into the DNA of your organization.
Open and transparent collaboration will fuel tremendous economic growth.
The three-key pillars are: interdependence, profound collaboration, long-term thinking.
Innovation & Planetary Stewardship
We can take an environmentally sustainable business approach while developing new and exciting products and services, creating more jobs, and increasing profitability.
Issues such as global warming, deforestation, ocean acidification, and biodiversity loss can’t be addressed as stand-alone issues when in reality, they are symptoms of an underlying root problem, which is that we do not see ourselves as planetary.
We don’t live on a globe.
Go after the root cause rather than the symptom.
Work with our biosphere, not against it.
Ron’s strategy allowed him to effectively navigate risk while flying in combat, while pushing the envelope as a test pilot, and during two space missions and four spacewalks. Ron Garan also shares how he has applied his strategy to risk in his many entrepreneurial endeavors.