Keeping Your Strengths from Becoming Weaknesses


The space shuttle Challenger took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on January 28, 1986, an unusually cold day. Seventy-three seconds into flight, it disintegrated, killing all seven crewmembers.

This disaster resulted in a thirty-two-month hiatus in the shuttle program and the formation of the Rogers Commission, a special commission appointed by President Reagan to investigate the accident. After extensive analysis, the commission concluded that the direct cause of the accident was a faulty O-ring seal in the shuttle’s right solid rocket booster (SRB), but the primary cause of the accident ...

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