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Do You Have a Guide?

With the exception of the Wright brothers, almost every pilot has had an instructor pilot to teach them to takeoff, fly, and land an airplane properly. Professionally, we also need to have a guide - an instructor pilot. Many companies establish ‘mentor’ programs to...

What to Look for in People

My first aircraft commander at Grand Forks AFB taught me an invaluable lesson. I had flown about 6 missions as Tom Sparks’ co-pilot in the KC-135A model jet tanker. Tom had seen me take off, fly, and land the airplane. We spent time together as a crew talking about...

The Toughest Leadership Question I’ve Ever Been Asked

We were told many times in our pilot training and safety meetings that there were several dead military pilots because they simply waited too long to bail out. They kept trying to save the ship when the ship was past saving. This brings up the toughest question I've...

Have Fun on the Job & Do Something Special for Your Customers

Early in my sales career I was a new account salesperson that sold central computers/ mainframes. The day before the system was scheduled for delivery, I would call the office manager and ask when might be a good time for me to show up the next day. My plan was to...