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Failure is an option!

Failure is an option!

When I flew in combat, the risk of failure was always present. I could have an aircraft malfunction, mess up a critical maneuver, or even get shot down. Success was never guaranteed. Success never is. The possibility of failing at something is a beautiful thing. It incites risk and even helps eliminate complacency. When something is at risk, fear, anxiety and doubt can result. But risk also forces you to stretch yourself and grow. It makes you train, focus, ...

Great new book on technology in the workplace

Great new book on technology in the workplace

Wingmen, If you're like me, there may be times when your IT systems are enough to drive you wingnuts! You may find your business struggling with costly computer networks that never seem to perform to your expectations, wondering what will happen if your systems break down, or you may even be experiencing losses in productivity, customer confidence, and even employee morale. To deal with these missiles, I leverage a reliable IT wingman (Randy Pelkey in Atlanta) who comes to my office every ...

Remembering on Memorial Day

Remembering on Memorial Day

I love Memorial Day. It’s a holiday to connect with friends and family while paying respect to the soldiers of our great country who have paid the ultimate price so that we can live free. From the young soldier in the War of Independence, to the fighter pilot over Nazi Germany, to the infantrymen in Iraq and Afghanistan, they were the ultimate wingmen for our country. They gave their wings away so that we could fly. In our busy, everyday lives, ...

How do you define commitment?

How do you define commitment?

If you want to examine your results for today, last week, or even this past year, take a look at how consistently you took action to make things happen. * How did you act in response to adversity? * What risks did you take? * When did you try something new in business? Something that may have gotten you nervous. * Did you get up early and stay focused, or did you slack off when the going got tough? You see, success isn't necessarily about attitude. ...

Wingtip of the Week – Love Lifts, Fear Drags

Wingtip of the Week – Love Lifts, Fear Drags

Love Lifts; Fear Drags. When you are feeling fearful, full of doubt, and paralyzed, re-focus on what you love. What is it that you are passionate about? Perhaps it is your kids, your faith, the commission check, or your dream retirement home. Hone in on what that is, meditate on it, and let the positive emotion that results shift your mood and lift you up. Then, you'll be ready for action. Remember, you can't take off with your breaks on! Find ...

BE A WING-GIVER

BE A WING-GIVER

Thanksgiving is always a special holiday as we reflect on what we are thankful for. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and forget to take time to smell the flowers and appreciate what we have. I surely am guilty of this. When we really think about it, this holiday is really about being thankful for our relationships – the wingmen in our lives who give meaning to our missions. So, as we ponder what we’re ...