Always leave a little something on the table. It's important advice in any business. A total win for one side in any negotiation is just wrong because it's almost always a pyrrhic victory. You end up with bad partnerships. And we have long careers, and it is very likely you're going to be meeting the same people at some point down the line, so it's important to make sure that nobody feels like they have been either embarrassed or beaten in a negotiation. I think you only get the best out of people or the best partnership if both people feel good about the terms.
I look to hire people who I think have the potential to take my job at some point. I firmly believe that you need to hire people who have leadership qualities and who are ambitious enough to want to soak up and learn everything you can teach them. I always told everybody at ABC who was running a division there that reported to me that I expected them to want my position, to be president of Entertainment at some point, and I wanted them to hire people who wanted their jobs. You can never be afraid that someone's going to outshine you.
I think that being fired from a big job in a very public way puts a lot of the smaller indignities into perspective. I think I cared probably too much about having people like me as opposed to having people respect me. But look, I still want to be liked and I still want to be loved, but in the larger scheme of things, no one is going to love you every moment of every day in your career. And as I said, as long as in the end they feel that I did my job well, I'm OK.
NASA Astronaut, Commander, Space Shuttle Discovery
In my business, a leader who gets too emotional loses credibility. The people I fly with have to have confidence in me. They have to know that I am levelheaded, that I can make a decision where there could be panic or where we're in an emergency situation. But I'm also human. If I'm feeling emotional, I'll just check out for five or 10 minutes, go get my head on straight and come back with a more professional point of view. Of course, if there's an emergency in space, you can't say, "Hey, give me five minutes and I'll be back."
My last mission was the return to flight of the space shuttle this summer. I've been an astronaut for 15 years, trained for this flight for four years, and as my fourth flight in space, I had confidence in our system. The crew was well prepared and ready to handle anything with a level head. I'm going to be totally honest; I did not have any fear going into this mission. I was not stressed out. I was very focused on getting the job done. My attitude was, it's time to go do this. I've never been nervous on any of my launches because we've been so prepared. In any field, you've got to go out and practice, get to know your subject. You've really got to get the facts and know your stuff.