Known as "The Wingman," Lt Col (ret.) Waldo Waldman is the author of the National Bestseller Never Fly Solo. He helps organizations build collaborative cultures of trust, courage, and commitment in order to adapt to change, break performance barriers, and overcome adversity. In addition to his time in the military, Waldo has real world corporate sales experience and is an expert on change management and resilience - having overcome a fear of heights and claustrophobia to achieve his dream of becoming a fighter pilot. His compelling stories and tactics on overcoming adversity, performing under pressure and servant-based leadership are extremely relevant to organizations who are going through disruptive change and seeking to build a "One Team, One Mission" culture of excellence and trust. Waldo is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and also holds an MBA with a focus on Organizational Behavior. He is an inductee into the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame and is the founder of The Wingman Foundation whose mission is to build funds and awareness for veterans and their families in need. He has been featured on CNN, Fox News, Inc. Magazine, and The Harvard Business Review, and his clients include Verizon, American Express, GE, The Denver Broncos, ExxonMobil, New York Life, Siemens, Merck, and dozens of national associations.
Featured Keynote Programs
"Top Gun Leadership" How to Build a Culture of Courage in Business and Life
• How can you instill a climate of ownership in your organization so that every person feels like they are accountable and responsible for its success?
• What tools can you employ to motivate the members of your organization to focus on the mission rather than themselves?
• How can you help create an organization where change and innovation are not met with fear, but embraced with courage and respected as a tool to beat the competition?
The key to building a high powered organization that encourages innovative thinking, loyalty to the mission, effective communication, and a relentless commitment to excellence lies with its leadership. In this high energy, multimedia workshop, Waldo highlights the difference between managing people, and leading them to be responsible, empowered and confident wingmen! What results is a more productive and efficient organization with superior morale that can rapidly overcome challenges in a competitive marketplace.
Waldo discusses proven leadership principals based on his experience as a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, as a seasoned Air Force officer and combat decorated fighter pilot, and experienced businessman. Relentless self-discipline, passion for the mission, dedicated teamwork, and a commitment to excellence are just a few key elements of this engaging and highly interactive seminar.
Following this highly interactive and fun session, audiences will learn peak performance leadership tools based on 4 key concepts:
I. Shared Vision
a. Each and every wingman in your organization must know exactly what they are fighting for. They must be committed to the mission, and understand exactly how their unique role in the organization is essential to its success.
II. Values Based Culture
a. Integrity, accountability, mutual respect, and teamwork must serve as the foundation for all relationships between employees, and with partners and clients as well.
III. Effective Communication
a. Leaders listen aggressively and communicate their vision with passion. They promote open communication and connect with the heart and soul of their wingmen.
IV. Train to Win Mindset
a. Successful leaders command flawless preparation, not flawless execution. They encourage their wingmen to expand their capabilities, and consistently reward high performers who take calculated risks and ‘push the envelope’ in order to grow.
Never Fly Solo!
Known as “The Wingman,” Lt Col Waldo Waldman is a Hall of Fame keynote speaker, a combat decorated fighter pilot, New York Times bestselling author, and executive coach. An expert on change management and resilience, he helps leaders build collaborative cultures of trust and courage in highly competitive, turbulent conditions.
During his interactive in-person (or virtual) leadership program, Waldo shares combat-tested tools and techniques on managing change, performing under pressure, and building trusting relationships to help build courage, commitment, and revenue during challenging times.
Leaders will learn:
• How to leverage one’s mindset to maintain focus amidst uncertainty
• The three steps peak performers take to face adversity with courage
• Tactics to cultivate resilience and confidence to lead under pressure
• How to grow influence and impact with coworkers, clients, and partners
Waldo’s message inspires a “One Team, One Mission” culture and reminds leaders that winners Never Fly Solo®.