The Space Race: Breaking the frontiers of performance

1969. The race to the moon. A team committed to conquering the odds through clear vision, benchmark performance, simulated practice and partnership.

What high-performance habits will help you transcend limitations and conquer the new world?

The Space Race caused the world’s two superpowers to go to battle to prove their superiority by being the first to reach the unreachable space. The battleground was ideological, psychological and technological, because to win, you had to do the undoable – put a man on the moon and bring him back safely again.

In many ways, the Space Race is an epic tale of the human spirit overcoming limitations, raising the bar, working together, harnessing the best of our abilities and skills to achieve the impossible. 

What started as a race between nations, ended as a leap forward for the human race – a promise not just of what we can achieve, but of who we can become. It was a spectacular achievement – scientifically, financially, creatively – and it required imagination, vision, faith, courage, stamina and sacrifice.

A framework for extraordinary performance

Relevant in a highly competitive global community, this high-performance case study will show how the impossible is possible. The unique analysis and interpretation of what it took to win the Space Race provides a practical framework for extraordinary performance, in an achievable way.

Explore this well-known story of achievement through our high-performance lens and identify the performance drivers at play: context and clarity of vision; the right people; an enabling environment; a clear process; marginal gains and a greater purpose collectively played a pivotal role in enabling one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind.

“Today we’re really going to do it, we’re going to land on the moon.” – Gene Kranz

Ignite team and leadership conversations

  • How will we get the most out of others, and ourselves?
  • How could we optimise performance and innovation by having a clear vision?
  • How could we build resilience and teamwork, and nurture and grow the right talent?
  • How will we recognise and monitor the marginal gains that elevate our performance? And how will we use that data?

Format and Approach

Engage your teams in a multimedia, facilitator-led conversation on Zoom, supported with interactive moderated conversations in breakout rooms (hosted by our team of Pod Coaches).


This case study is available in a 90-minute or 180-minute online (Zoom) format.

How does it work?

  • Contact us to let us know that you want LRMG to share this case study with your team
  • We will work with you to design or customise key conversation and reflection questions
  • Participants will get a link to a pre-case study primer to complete prior to the presentation and conversation
  • Your team will receive our Transcend! Toolkit as a take-away to ignite further learning and reflection

“I think we’re going to the moon because it’s in the nature of the human being to face challenges.” – Neil Armstrong

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Career Dreams

Fast track career growth in the new world of work:

Certified learning paths that build relevant skills and competencies

Invigorate your skills development offering:

University-certified online and blended short learning courses

Rapidly improve your scorecard metrics:

B-BBEE (South Africa) and other scorecard solutions

Trusted certification:

Digitally enabled learning solutions supported by dedicated teams of Wits, Queen's University Belfast, UFS and GIBS academics and experience managers

Real-world scarce skills training for youth:

Find, recruit and custom train youth to your demand-led specs, getting them work-ready and employable


We find the talent, match personalities and abilities to your culture fit, and then train them to meet your digital skills needs

Comply with your B-BBEE, transformation and skills levy agenda:

Rapidly improve your scorecard metrics: create a talent pipeline for 4IR, ICT and Tech-future Skills

Work-ready graduates and interns:

We find the candidates (or you find them). We train them to use your technology and digital systems within the defined roles


Sales and Unlock Customer Value

Discover why your customers buy what they buy:

Learn to meet customers’ social, emotional and functional requirements

Activate and strengthen sales team engagement:

Digital sales activation challenges

Cultivate a performance-based sales culture:

Sales leadership and culture solutions

Mobilise the right sales strategy:

Sales strategy validation and optimisation

Accelerate sales pipelines and spark growth:

Customer-centric sales strategy

Grow and sustain critical sales capabilities:

Digital learning content for Sales


People Productivity

Engage for sustainable high performance:

Human capital strategy, learning strategy and transformation

Future-fit your organisation for success:

Learning and talent assessments, talent management and people balance sheet planning

Connect learning journeys to performance outcomes:

Onboarding, talent development and learning mapped to your individual and company needs

Move the needle on learning experiences:

Smart learning and talent experience platforms, tools and digital learning assets

Upskill people with new digital smarts:

Digital learning content (customised or plug-and-play)


A Performance Culture

Talent management:

Make better future-fit data-driven decisions for your talent and organisation

Strategy and change:

Inspire your people to change and ignite their passion to deliver business results

Leadership and culture:

Enable your leadership teams to create their unique brand and to build new high-performance habits and behaviours

Digital transformation:

Enable people processes through digital technologies that transform performance

Talent assessments:

Better understand your people's strengths and your team’s productive habits to compete and win

Performance enablement:

Create a culture of feedback that actively measures performance


Leadership Perspectives

Establish a high-performance culture:

Interactive multimedia inspirational stories

Unlock new thinking and shift mindsets:

More than 13 intriguing true stories of high performance

Empower leaders and teams:

Expertly facilitated moderated conversations

Build new habits for high performance:

Smart toolboxes to activate habits for success