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Mission Briefing – The Key to Effective Communication

Mission Briefing – The Key to Effective Communication

Nobody likes being “in the dark.” The mind can play terrible games when you find yourself operating in a communication vacuum; indeed, the most carefully laid plans can be undermined by poor communication.   The feeling of anxiety brought on by an emergency or a rapidly changing environment is what fighter pilots refer to as...

Hard Work is Smart Work

Hard Work is Smart Work

I was recently working out in a hotel gym and had a great conversation with an attendee from a conference I spoke at.  As he departed he said, “don’t work too hard.”  I laughed and said, “Don’t worry, I won’t!”   I then proceeded to suffer through a super set of lunges and wall squats...

Moments of Silence – How to Cultivate Gratitude in Life

Moments of Silence – How to Cultivate Gratitude in Life

My days as a cadet at the Air Force Academy were truly remarkable.  The intensity, military regimen, and intense discipline were quite new to me as young teenager.   What stood out most were the meals. (more…)

Train to Win – Developing a Peak Performance Mindset

Train to Win – Developing a Peak Performance Mindset

In the world of the fighter pilot, we have a saying – you fight like you train. We don't train to survive, we train to win! Do you?

Holiday Message – Tighten Down the Rivets

Holiday Message – Tighten Down the Rivets

As we experience this holiday season, I wanted to send you a little reminder to spend some time in the hangar these next few weeks. We all need maintenance on our airframe, especially with the pressures and challenges of life.   Take some time to review the areas in your personal and professional life that perhaps you may...

Loyalty, Courage and Service

Loyalty, Courage and Service

“Don’t’ worry, we’ll be back for you.”   That's what U.S. Navy pilot Thomas Hudner told his wingman Ensign Jesse Brown after he got shot down in North Korea.   Hudner crash-landed his Corsair to save his friend, but wasn’t able to pull him from the burning wreckage. Now 65 years later, with a Medal...