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How to Become a Business ACE: And avoid getting shot down!

How to Become a Business ACE: And avoid getting shot down!

If you want to test the true character of a person, see how they respond to adversity. Watch how they handle the pressure of a lost sale, an angry client, or a difficult boss. What do they say? How do they act? What is their emotional state? Do they freeze up and get angry, or do they buckle down and increase their focus and commitment? The same holds true for those who would assume the mantle of leadership in business. When ...

PUSH IT UP!®

PUSH IT UP!®

“You’ve got to Push it up to take off. And you have to take-off to fly!” I’ll never forget the first time I flew the F-16. The rush of adrenaline was amazing. The tower controller cleared me for take-off and from the back seat my instructor pilot, Captain “Deke” Slaton, called out over the intercom, “Push it up, Waldo!” “Yes, Sir!” I replied. I nervously pushed up that throttle to full power and felt a kick in the seat unlike anything I’ve experienced ...

Lift vs. Drag: A Leader’s Perspective

Lift vs. Drag: A Leader’s Perspective

So, how do you get a 35,000-pound F-16 jet fighter to fly? It’s no easy feat. To overcome the force of gravity, you have to create a force that is greater than gravity’s grasp. That force is lift. As the F-16 blasts through the sky, there is an “enemy” of lift that must be overcome known as drag. There are two kinds of drag – Induced and Parasite. Induced drag is a “good drag’ in that it is a bi-product of lift and ...

Be a WingGiver

Be a WingGiver

“We’re each of us Angels, with only one wing, and we can only fly embracing each other” Luciano de Crescenzo It’s 25 April at 1:30 am and I just turned 39! As I celebrate the start of my birthday, I can’t help but think about how awesome of a year it’s been for me. So many great victories and exciting opportunities that were a direct result of you…my wingmen! You’ve supported me, instructed me, and most of all, encouraged me. You gave ...

COMMIT COMMIT! Where Discipline Meets Action

COMMIT COMMIT! Where Discipline Meets Action

COMMIT COMMIT! December 21st, 1998 – a brisk winter day in Saudi Arabia. I was stationed on my first combat deployment, flying missions enforcing the Iraqi southern no-fly zone. I was scheduled to take off on only the fourth combat sortie of my career, inexperienced and quite nervous. It was a mission I’ll never forget. I was flying that day with my flight lead Lt Col “Hos” Hyatt, the commander of the 79th Fighter Squadron Tigers. Our “2 ship” of F-16’s were ...

LOSE SIGHT, LOSE FIGHT: How Focused Vision Leads To Victory

LOSE SIGHT, LOSE FIGHT: How Focused Vision Leads To Victory

We have a saying in the fighter pilot world, “lose sight, lose fight.” Lose sight for just a second of the ground or aerial target, and chances are you’ll lose the fight (i.e. miss the target or get shot down). It takes intense concentration, discipline, and focus to keep sight. Your vision is only as good as how well you see the immediate target. We’ve all heard the experts talk about vision. Vision paints an inspiring picture of what an organization ...

The Meaning of the 4th of July: A Wingman’s Perspective

The Meaning of the 4th of July: A Wingman’s Perspective

I am well aware of the toil, and blood, and treasure, that it will cost us to maintain this declaration, and support and defend these states. Yet, through all the gloom, I can see the rays of light and glory; I can see that the end is more than worth all the means, and that posterity will triumph. John Adams letter to Abigail Adams, July 3, 1776 Tomorrow is the 4th of July. My ‘orders’ from my trusted wingman and business ...

TUMBLEWEED: Building Trust through Effective Communication

TUMBLEWEED: Building Trust through Effective Communication

Lack of communication can take the most carefully laid plans and destroy them with the corrosion of doubt. It can transform the most confident person into a “second-guesser” and that’s bad for everyone on your team. I remember flying a combat mission in Iraq when I lost radio contact with my wingmen. I was flying in the “dark.” Having no radio contact at 20,000 feet and separated from my wingmen by 10 miles on a night combat mission in hostile territory ...

Walk the Flight Line: Get Dirty with Your Troops

Walk the Flight Line: Get Dirty with Your Troops

When your squadron commander meets you at your jet, it’s normally not a good sign. “Waldo, we need to talk,” he said as he headed for the aircraft hangar. Had I messed up? Was I in trouble? I gulped. Was something wrong at home? “Waldo, Sgt. Tyler told me what happened before you took off this afternoon, and I am not impressed.” In an instant I knew what he was referring to. Just a few hours earlier before taking off on ...

MAY DAY…MAY DAY!!

MAY DAY…MAY DAY!!

"We’re each of us angels with one wing, and can only fly by embracing each other" Luciano De Crecenzo Mayday is the universally recognized call of distress. It’s a call you never want to make, but it could be the most important call of your life. Fighter pilots use it during extreme emergency situations – when we lose an engine, are getting prepared to eject from an un-flyable aircraft, or even when witnessing an emergency of one of our wingmen. Mayday translates to ...