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THE POWER OF COMPETITION

THE POWER OF COMPETITION

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 the wall...

Chasing Excellence

Chasing Excellence

Excellence is a journey, not a destination. How do you chase excellence in your personal and professional life?

Never Outsource Accountability

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...

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

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, my commander,...

How to Fly Like a Champion

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?

We Are All Dishwashers

We Are All Dishwashers

[caption id="attachment_3182" align="alignright" width="150"] Wingmen[/caption] 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....