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Five Top-Gun Tactics to Conquer Fear, Overcome Adversity and Achieve Breakthroughs

If there’s one thing I faced every time I strapped into an F-16 in combat – it’s fear.   Fear of getting shot down…becoming a prisoner of war…letting down my team.   They were all obstacles and adversities.   But the biggest obstacles weren’t the missiles launched on my aircraft. They were the missiles in...

Hope, Courage and Inspiration from a Stranger

Hope, Courage and Inspiration from a Stranger

Every day we have a chance to inspire and to be inspired - to find greater meaning in the grind of our daily lives. To find the courage and hope to press on and break through our fears and doubts that may be holding us back from taking our life to the next level. Even when we're in the dungeon of despair.

Holiday Message – Tighten Down the Rivets

Holiday Message – Tighten Down the Rivets

As we experience this holiday season, I wanted to send you a little reminder to spend some time in the hangar these next few weeks. We all need maintenance on our airframe, especially with the pressures and challenges of life.   Take some time to review the areas in your personal and professional life that perhaps you may...

How to Become a Champion of Change

How to Become a Champion of Change

If you want to lead at work, keep your eyes (and ears) scanning for workplace “litter” (corrupt employees, gossip, wasted resources, unreliable partners, etc.) Show others where the litter is and get them on your cleaning crew. Come up with a viable plan. Share the litter and solution with your leadership (if able.) Grab a garbage bag and get to work!

THE POWER OF THANK YOU

THE POWER OF THANK YOU

The two most important words that inspire action are thank you.   During most of my time in the military, I rarely said thank you to the troops that mattered...especially the younger, enlisted folks.   After all, I was the fighter pilot. I had the Air Force Academy ring. I was an officer. They worked for...

Unconditional Service – The Wingman Way

Unconditional Service – The Wingman Way

Smiles are contagious. And so is the positive energy that results when you acknowledge someone for being special. It’s about honoring one's humanity (which in my opinion is a great way to serve someone.) You never know how your kind word, extra tip or gift will affect someone.

Push it up! A Winner’s Mindset

Push it up! A Winner’s Mindset

Winners possess a positive attitude and are disciplined, passionate, and committed. But at the end of the day, they take action to make things happen.

What 9/11 Can Teach us about  Focus and Success

What 9/11 Can Teach us about Focus and Success

Each day, we have a choice to focus on our fears and doubts or on our passions and joys. And that choice has to be intentional. It takes discipline not to get distracted by the news, the naysayers, or the doubts in our head. But success requires us to be in control of our aircraft and keep our heading towards what makes us happy!

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,...

WingGiving – How to Build Trust in a Tough Economy

WingGiving – How to Build Trust in a Tough Economy

Rule #1 to Building Trusting Relationships in a Tough Economy One of the most challenging times of my life was in April of 1999 during Operation Allied Force. I was flying night combat missions in Serbia against the corrupt regime of Slobodan Milosevic. The anxiety and fear I felt during this period was at times overwhelming. It wasn’t just the enemy surface to air missiles that got me nervous. Nor was it the fact that Serbian forces had already shot down several ...