Never Forget

May 31, 2021

As we take advantage of the vaccines and observe this unofficial beginning of summer, let's not forget what the Memorial Day celebration is about. It is to remember and honor the men and women in uniform who died in service to our country.


Focus On What’s Important

May 24, 2021

I recently posted a saying on social media that I keep in mind: “It doesn’t matter what others are doing. It matters what you are doing.” There is a corollary statement that is just as important in business and life: “It doesn’t matter what others are getting. It matters what you are getting.” Emphasizing this point in a business transaction some years ago helped me navigate a tense situation and close a very lucrative deal.


Reading Is Not Action

May 17, 2021

I love to read, and I read for different reasons. I scan the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution daily to keep up with the news. I love a great action novel in the genre of Tom Clancy or Vince Flynn. I read for information, education, and to try and become a better person. I read for nonspecific reasons, as well. While I have learned a lot from reading about many different things, my reading has also taught me one fundamental fact. Information and knowledge are no substitution for action. 


Let Your Copilots Fly

May 10, 2021

A copilot who is under the tutelage of an accomplished captain is learning to make decisions. Making the right decisions increases his judgment capabilities and ultimately contributes to any flight's safe and efficient operation.


How to Treat Your Flight Crew

May 3, 2021

My daughter recently got recruited away from her old company for a much more attractive opportunity. Pay and benefits were, expectedly, much better, but two other factors were equally important in her decision to leave. She had quickly risen to run the design department, and there was no one in her area of expertise that she could learn from. She wanted to acquire more excellent skills and continue to grow but had topped out in that environment.