Failures are an integral part of the space sector, but no individual is penalized for it at ISRO, which encourages scientists to adopt new approaches in decision-making, the space agency’s chairman said on Wednesday. S Somanath.
Speaking on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the All India Management Association (AIMA), Somanath, who played a key role in the smooth landing of a spacecraft on the Moon, pointed out that he himself had experienced failure several times, but had never been criticized for it. by his elders.
“We ensure that no individual is penalized for their failures, because no decision is taken by a single individual. All these decisions are taken by collective wisdom,” he said during a session interactive here.
Somanath said that in the space sector, it is clear that one person cannot understand everything that leads to collective decision-making.
“So the collective decision means that you also take responsibility for failures. Management owns the responsibility, it is not placed on an individual. That is the first,” he said.
“So people are brave enough to take a new approach or decisions. Otherwise, everyone will stop taking risks,” said the head of the space agency.
“You have to give confidence to people who have the courage to come up with new things and support them. Once you do that, you can do wonders in any organization,” he said.
On identifying talent for the space program, Somanath said he found that the levels of commitment to excel in the lives of people from modest backgrounds were very high compared to urban dwellers.
“If you recruit someone from a Tier 3 institution and give them this task, that person’s growth rate in terms of abilities and knowledge is significantly higher than what I could see in a city person,” did he declare.
“Because the distractions that prevent a person from concentrating on their work are actually more important for a city dweller than for a villager,” Somanath said.
“This is a very important learning that I have learned from my organization. If I take a person from a modest background, their commitment to excel in life is very, very high, compared to a person from a premier institution.”, the ISRO chief said.
First publication: September 27, 2023 5:30 p.m. STI