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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?

Flawless Preparation: The Key to Winning

Flawless Preparation: The Key to Winning

Nothing gets me more excited than carrying out a mission exactly to plan. Whether flying a jet fighter sortie, delivering a keynote, making a cold call, or successfully bluffing at poker, when things go flawlessly, it just feels great! But let’s face it…it almost NEVER happens!! I have a question for you. Are you perfect? Do you ever make mistakes? In the fighter pilot community, no mission is ever complete until we de-brief. Why? Because 99.9% of the time, mistakes are made and ...

A Lesson in Balance

A Lesson in Balance

Last week I got to celebrate my 45th birthday by flying with my good friend Ty in his Extra 300 high performance aircraft.  I had a blast.  We tore up the sky and performed a ton of aerobatics - Cuban 8’s, loops, aileron rolls, and high-G turns.  It was awesome. (See video clip below.)   It totally...