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WINGIVING: How to Become a Comrade of Courage in Tough Times

WINGIVING: How to Become a Comrade of Courage in Tough Times

I’ve been getting countless e-mails and newsletters this past week from coaches and consultants capitalizing on the downturn in the market. Their message is fear based. “The dow is down again, it’s scary out there, layoffs are rampant!” Then they offer a $1,995 weekend seminar on wealth building or business growth that will solve all of your problems. These “compassionate coaches” become opportunistic vultures praying on the carcass of your fear. Give me a break! Here’s my take on it wingmen - Strap ...

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 ...

Memorial Day 2007: Remembering our Fallen Wingmen

Memorial Day 2007: Remembering our Fallen Wingmen

It’s 7:00 pm on a warm and sunny day in Atlanta. It’s Memorial Day, 2007, and like many of you, I had a great time at a barbeque/pool party with some friends. We shared some laughs, good food, and relaxed. Life is good. As citizens in the U.S. and abroad, it’s easy to forget those who have paid the ultimate price so that we can live free. We go about our lives and reap the benefits of the sweat and sacrifice ...

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 ...