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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 ...

The Westin Hotel: Customer Service Wingman of the Month

The Westin Hotel: Customer Service Wingman of the Month

The Westin Hotel is my new favorite hotel. And Brian Green is my new favorite concierge. Here’s why. The hotel industry relies upon creating the ultimate customer service experience which is critical in building a reputable brand and maintaining a loyal customer base. I travel extensively, so when I experience good (or not so good) customer service, it makes a big difference in my stay and in my perception of that particular hotel brand as a whole. A few weeks ago, I was ...

WINGTIP OF THE WEEK – Never Outsource Accountability

WINGTIP OF THE WEEK – Never Outsource Accountability

"Never Outsource Accountability" Many people confuse responsibility with accountability. They are different. As a leader, manager, or entrepreneur, you can delegate responsibilities to a co-worker, vendor, or even your spouse, but you can never outsource accountability. Ultimately, you are accountable for and own the end results. Remember, you, are the pilot in command of your jet. Don't expect anyone to hold you accountable but yourself! **************************************************** Every month or two, I like to share recommendations on great books that are coming out that can really help you in ...