28

Mar

2014

Never Outsource Accountability

You’re at 20,000 feet and 550 knots on a training mission in your F-16, and your instructor pilot (IP) just demonstrated a perfect offensive BFM (Basic Fighter Maneuver) engagement. Now, it’s your turn to show him what you’ve learned. He yells out on the radio, “You have the aircraft!” You respond, “Roger Sir, I have […]



21

Jan

2014

Walk the Flight Line: Leadership, Appreciation, and Being a Wingman at Work

The best leadership lessons are often learned when we mess up.   When I was a young Captain, I verbally disrespected a maintenance crew chief for not fully fueling my F-16 before an important training flight.  It wasn’t a big deal, but I was frustrated because it would cut my training short.   After landing, […]



01

Nov

2013

How to Fly Like a Champion

Before you walk out the door to attend that meeting, give that presentation, perform the inspection, or make that cold call, are you confident? Have you done the work required to be a champion?



17

Oct

2013

Waldo Waldman inducted into the NSA CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame

A few months ago at the annual convention for the National Speakers Association, I was thrilled to be inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame (along with four other speakers.)  As you can imagine, I was extremely honored to receive this award, and it truly was an experience of a lifetime.   Also known as […]



02

Sep

2013

We Are All Dishwashers

Category: LEADERSHIP/ TEAMWORK

When I was sixteen, I worked part time as a dishwasher in a very popular Mexican restaurant on Long Island named Meson Ole’.  I’ll never forget how hard it was. I was on my feet for five hours straight in a hot, steamy kitchen that must have been 95 degrees. There was an endless flow […]



26

Jun

2013

Creating a Performance Based Culture

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When you walk into a fighter squadron, one of the first things you’ll notice are the walls.  They are covered with photos and artwork of jet fighters, famous military leaders, and articles that share in the heritage and history of the unit. It’s quite impressive and fills one with a sense of pride and fellowship.  […]



17

May

2013

Flawless Preparation: The Key to Winning

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Nothing gets me more excited than carrying out a mission exactly to plan. Whether flying a jet fighter sortie, delivering a keynote, making a cold call, or successfully bluffing at poker, when things go flawlessly, it just feels great! But let’s face it…it almost NEVER happens!! I have a question for you. Are you perfect? Do you ever make mistakes? In the fighter pilot community, no mission is ever complete until we de-brief. Why? Because 99.9% of the time, mistakes are made and …



05

May

2013

A Lesson in Balance

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Last week I got to celebrate my 45th birthday by flying with my good friend Ty in his Extra 300 high performance aircraft.  I had a blast.  We tore up the sky and performed a ton of aerobatics – Cuban 8’s, loops, aileron rolls, and high-G turns.  It was awesome. (See video clip below.)   It totally […]



18

Apr

2013

THE INNER WINGMAN: Trusting Yourself!!

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Before fighter pilots can fly in combat, we have to demonstrate expertise in tactics, technology, and hands-on flying. Extensive hours of study, simulation and practice missions must be accomplished before we are designated “M/R” – MISSION READY! Simply put, we’re not trusted to fly with other wingmen until we can fully trust ourselves! In business and life, before you can be trusted to execute a mission and work with others, you too have to become Mission Ready. You have to trust …



11

Mar

2013

Commit to Excellence

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Category: LEADERSHIP/ TEAMWORK

Are you committed to the same standards that you expect of others?   Do you walk the walk or just talk the talk?   If you don’t aspire for excellence, then you cant inspire others to do the same. If you are not committed to growth, you can’t inspire others to grow.   You have to aspire before you […]



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