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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...

How to Become a Champion of Change

How to Become a Champion of Change

If you want to lead at work, keep your eyes (and ears) scanning for workplace “litter” (corrupt employees, gossip, wasted resources, unreliable partners, etc.) Show others where the litter is and get them on your cleaning crew. Come up with a viable plan. Share the litter and solution with your leadership (if able.) Grab a garbage bag and get to work!

THE POWER OF THANK YOU

THE POWER OF THANK YOU

The two most important words that inspire action are thank you.   During most of my time in the military, I rarely said thank you to the troops that mattered...especially the younger, enlisted folks.   After all, I was the fighter pilot. I had the Air Force Academy ring. I was an officer. They worked for...

Unconditional Service – The Wingman Way

Unconditional Service – The Wingman Way

Smiles are contagious. And so is the positive energy that results when you acknowledge someone for being special. It’s about honoring one's humanity (which in my opinion is a great way to serve someone.) You never know how your kind word, extra tip or gift will affect someone.

The Most Important Leadership Trait in Business

The Most Important Leadership Trait in Business

When you commit to excellence, lead by example, and set the standard, others will do the same. Leadership takes work and sacrifice.