As a business leader, there is much that you can learn about dealing with the unexpected from the Apollo 13 lunar mission, Geoff Loftus writes. The mission, known as a "successful failure," emphasized the importance of setting priorities, leveraging experience and mitigating risk. "NASA had to adjust on the fly (pun intended) during Apollo 13, but many of its improvisations were worked out in advance because NASA had done a good job of identifying many of its risks," he writes.

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