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Feet on the Ground, Eyes on the Sky!

Gazing this week at photos from the Webb Telescope, I was happy to recall my first lesson with Dr. Frances Wright, a pioneer female astronomer who taught celestial navigation to thousands of U.S. Naval officers, college students, and local sailors.

"Keep your feet firmly planted," she said, "and set your eyes on the sky."  A gentle reminder to be safe on your feet first before measuring the height of distant stars. And, sensible leadership guidance to know where you stand before charting a course to your next destination!

Looking back on those days before satellites and GPS, I recall Dr. Wright's encouraging chuckle as I wrestled with arithmetic, manual sight reductions, and tidal vectors. Thank you, Dr. Wright. You were an inspiring mentor and a big reason I chose a career coaching leaders to aim high, and explore new horizons!

~ bc 🔭

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