I love to compete. It’s in my DNA. Quite frankly, it’s one of the ways I motivate myself every day to improve. As a matter of fact, I hate losing more than I like winning! Can you relate? When you walk into a fighter squadron, the first thing you see are plaques on […]
Excellence is a journey, not a destination. How do you chase excellence in your personal and professional life?
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 […]
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, […]
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?
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 …
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 […]