At NASA, Failure is the Most Crucial Component of Innovation

When it comes to taking risks, NASA — America’s space agency — is probably near the top of the list.

And, it underlies the organization’s vision, which is this: “To reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind.”

Yes, NASA is probably the ultimate high performance workforce. That’s why Jeri Buchholz, Chief Human Capital Officer and Assistant Administrator for Human Capital Management, at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, will be a keynote speaker at TLNT’s High Performance Workforce Summit May 6-7 in Atlanta.

“Failure .. a crucial component of innovation”

Her session leading off Day 1 of the conference is on “The Importance of Risk: How NASA Celebrates Failure as an Important Step on the Road to Innovation and Success.”HPW2015

She will focus on how, “failure .. is not an acceptable term in most board meetings, even though it’s a crucial component of innovation. But at NASA, America’s space agency, failure is not just tolerated, it’s celebrated.” As NASA’s Chief Human Capital Officer, Jeri will tell you how embracing failure impacts culture, motivation, and performance at a place where employees work on multi-year, multi-billion-dollar projects that can literally blow up on takeoff.”

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Of course, Jeri Buchholz is not the only great speaker you’ll hear at the High Performance Workforce Summit. There are many others, from HR’s senior statesman and thought leader Dave Ulrich, to Belinda Hyde, Chief HR Officer at Schnitzer Steel, to Kevin Wilde, Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness and Chief Learning Officer at General Mills.

Sign up today and save $300

They are just a few of the great presenters on the agenda for this must-see event. And if you sign up now for the High Performance Workforce Summit, you will save $300, so don’t wait, sign up today.

Join us May 6-7 at the Omni CNN Center Hotel in Atlanta for what will surely be the single event you need to be at if you are building — or maintaining and growing  — your own high performance workforce.

John Hollon is Editor-at-Large at ERE Media and was the founding Editor of A longtime newspaper, magazine, and business journal editor, John has deep roots in the talent management space. He's the former Editor of Workforce Management magazine and, served as Editor of RecruitingDaily, and was Vice President for Content at HR technology firm Checkster. An award-winning journalist, John has written extensively about HR, talent management, leadership, and smart business practices, including for the popular Fistful of Talent blog. Contact him at, connect with him on LinkedIn, or follow him on Twitter @johnhollon.


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