Innovation Starts with Conversation – A Keynote with “The Wingman” Lt Col Waldo Waldman
August 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
Decorated Fighter Pilot. New York Times Bestselling Author. Hall of Fame Speaker, and known as “The Wingman,” Lt Col Waldo Waldman, MBA, CSP, CPAE is a highly decorated combat fighter pilot with 65 missions in Iraq and Serbia. A business consultant and executive coach, he helps organizations build collaborative cultures of trust, courage, and commitment in highly competitive, rapidly changing business environments.
In addition to his time in the military, Waldo has real-world corporate sales and management experience and is an expert on change management, peak performance, and resilience – having broken through a lifelong fear of heights and overcoming claustrophobia as a fighter pilot.
A key message in his inspirational “Never Fly Solo” signature keynote is that you can’t reach your highest potential alone. You need wingmen – trusted partners – to help you win when adversity strikes. His compelling stories and techniques on overcoming obstacles, performing under pressure, earning trust, and servant-based leadership are extremely relevant to diverse organizations that seek to create a “One Team, One Mission” performance-focused culture of trust and collaboration.
💥 How innovation starts with conversation
💥 The two major leadership factors that stimulate feedback and change
💥 Leveraging one’s mindset to maintain focus and alignment amidst uncertainty
💥 How to grow and impact coworkers, clients, and partners
- Employ “Wingmen” to Promote Communication, Integrity, and Trust
- “Check-6” to Develop a Culture of Teamwork and Mutual Support
- Training and Preparation are Critical to WIN!
- “Chair-Fly” Sales Mission to Increase Revenues
- Transform Relationships into Revenue
It’s about relationships and results. Since my days as a fighter pilot and in 2003 when I started my speaking business, I’ve learned that in business and life, we survive solo, but win together. True success is a bi-product of partnerships, collaboration and mutual trust. With our constantly changing business landscape, we need to break free of the combat mindset that is prevalent in a lot of the business community and embrace a culture of trust instead. Just like well-trained fighter pilots, well-trained organizations should never enter into combat. A great business strategy does not seek confrontation and should achieve its objectives without it.
However, no matter how we look at it, our lives are never truly at risk in business as they are in actual combat. We can still learn valuable lessons by exploring how we would perform if we were actually in combat and apply it to business. By diligently preparing for each business mission and trusting in our leadership to provide a strategic vision and a set of objectives that are understood by all, we can maximize our ability to win. If we learn to overcome our fears, take courageous risks, and focus on the mission rather than ourselves, we can break performance barriers that have been limiting our growth.
Think of how much we would want to win! This is what I call applying the “fighter pilot state of mind” to business. It is a spirit that is dedicated to superior performance and a commitment to excellence in all that we do. The key to winning in business comes down to TRUST — trust in yourself, trust in your team of wingmen, and trust in your leadership. When you embrace trust and engage in business missions with a cooperative mindset, your personal and organizational effectiveness will improve dramatically. You can also help eliminate barriers that stifle productive business practices, maximize your personal performance and the value of your team, and build the relationships that really mean something in business.
Waldo is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Never Fly Solo and an inductee into the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame, a prestigious award that has been bestowed on less than 190 speakers worldwide. A graduate of the U.S Air Force Academy, he also holds an MBA with a focus on Organizational Behavior and is the founder of The Wingman Foundation whose mission is to build funds and awareness for veterans in need.
He’s been featured on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Inc. Magazine, and The Harvard Business Review, and his global clients include American Express, Hewlett Packard, Verizon, GE, The Denver Broncos, New York Life, ExxonMobil, Merck, Johnson & Johnson and dozens of national associations.