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WINGTIP OF THE WEEK – Never Outsource Accountability

WINGTIP OF THE WEEK – Never Outsource Accountability

"Never Outsource Accountability" Many people confuse responsibility with accountability. They are different. As a leader, manager, or entrepreneur, you can delegate responsibilities to a co-worker, vendor, or even your spouse, but you can never outsource accountability. Ultimately, you are accountable for and own the end results. Remember, you, are the pilot in command of your jet. Don't expect anyone to hold you accountable but yourself! **************************************************** Every month or two, I like to share recommendations on great books that are coming out that can really help you in ...

Visualizing Success: A Goal setting flight plan for the New Year

Visualizing Success: A Goal setting flight plan for the New Year

In January of 2007, I made a commitment to write a book. But it wasn’t an ordinary commitment. I wanted to write a New York Times bestseller. After all, if I was going to do something as unique as write a book, why not challenge myself to see if I could make a it a bestseller? After I made the commitment, I got busy. Real busy. I attended seminars on book publishing, connected with fellow speakers who were successful authors, researched agents, built relationships with ...

BE A WING-GIVER

BE A WING-GIVER

Thanksgiving is always a special holiday as we reflect on what we are thankful for. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and forget to take time to smell the flowers and appreciate what we have. I surely am guilty of this. When we really think about it, this holiday is really about being thankful for our relationships – the wingmen in our lives who give meaning to our missions. So, as we ponder what we’re ...

Honoring our Country’s Wingmen on Veterans Day

Honoring our Country’s Wingmen on Veterans Day

As we celebrate this Veterans Day to honor our country’s heroes and pay respect to their service and sacrifice, it’s difficult not to get caught up with the emotions and controversy surrounding the recent massacre at Fort Hood Army base in TX. What happened was indeed a tragedy and the families and loved ones of those killed or injured will have many challenging days ahead. My heartfelt condolences go out to all of them. Although difficult to do, I am ...

The Definition of a True Hero

The Definition of a True Hero

I came across an article written by Ben Stein and I just had to share it. Ben Stein’s article sums up the philosophy of the wingman. The only life worth living is a life that is lived for other people. True heroes are not the ones in the tabloids but are the ones who are living in the trenches of life to help make a difference. How Can Someone Who Lives in Insane Luxury Be a Star in Today’s World? "…I no ...

Check Six – Mutual Support and Communication in Business

Check Six – Mutual Support and Communication in Business

My wingman screamed over the radio “Break Right, Break Right! Missile launch your 3 O’clock!” I looked to my right and saw two SAM’s (surface to air missiles) skyrocketing towards my aircraft at twice the speed of sound. If I didn’t maneuver my aircraft immediately, I would get shot down. There was no time to think. I lowered the nose, went to full power, banked the aircraft aggressively to the right and performed my best missile defense maneuver. Then I heard my wingman ...

The Secret Ingredient to Business Success

The Secret Ingredient to Business Success

Jules Ormont once said, “A great leader never sets himself above his followers except in carrying responsibilities.” In business the more you increase the altitude of your success the less rights you have. When you are the CEO of a company you no longer have the right to a vacation, when you are the owner of a business you no longer have the right to get paid and when you are in management you no longer have the right to ...

The Meaning of the 4th of July

The Meaning of the 4th of July

What is the meaning of the 4th of July? On June 5, 2009, a young rancher named Neal Wanless claimed one of the biggest undivided jackpots in U.S. lottery history -- $232 million. He bought the ticket in the small town Winner, SD, part of Todd County, which according to the Census Bureau, was the nation's seventh-poorest county in 2007. In this rural and impoverished area where cows outnumber the human population, people do whatever they can to help one another. They ...

WINGWORKING – How to Network like a Trusted Partner

WINGWORKING – How to Network like a Trusted Partner

As a professional speaker and consultant, I’ve been able to network and build trusting relationships with a lot of very successful people all over the world. This truly has been a blessing and I really enjoy facilitating what I call “wingman connections” in my network. My travel schedule often prevents me from networking locally in my hometown of Atlanta, but this past week I was home so I went to a few events. Now, I’m no pro at networking. I ...

We’re Angels With One Wing

We’re Angels With One Wing

Arlete is my cleaning lady. She is the most positive, loving person I know. And I love her for it. I have to admit I just don’t like to vacuum and mop my floors so I would rather pay someone to do it. So, Arlete comes by when I need her and she creates a space happiness in my life by giving me TIME. But she’s much more than that to me. Arlete always has a smile on her face and has ...