Never Fly Solo: Lead with Courage, Build Trusting Partnerships, and Reach New Heights in Business

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McGraw Hill Professional, Dec 4, 2009 - Business & Economics - 208 pages

The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling book on building powerful, effective teams!

“An amazing book that bucks the old paradigm that maverick leaders and self-made entrepreneurs set the bar. It will forever change the way you look at leadership.”
—Marshall Goldsmith, author of The Wall Street Journal #1 business bestseller What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

“In Never Fly Solo, Rob ‘Waldo’ Waldman shares potent, personal leadership lessons on what it takes to access the power of your wingmen. If you want a former fi ghter pilot with 65 combat missions as your wingman and if business success is your target, take flight with Waldo’s book and earn your wings. You’ll never fly solo again.”
—Jeffrey Gitomer, bestselling author of The Little Red Book of Selling

“If you are serious about building trusting relationships and launching your business and life to new heights, then invest in yourself and buy this book.”
—Keith Ferrazzi, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Who’s Got Your Back

“Authentic and inspirational, Never Fly Solo is a winning formula for successful leadership that everyone in business should read.”
—Howard Putnam, former CEO of Southwest Airlines and author of The Winds of Turbulence

“Waldo does a superb job of applying to the business world the lessons he learned in his military career. His excellent use of vignettes shows how standards and values are applicable to leading an honorable life.”
—General Ron Fogleman, U.S. Air Force Retired, former Chief of Staff, USAF

“Waldo the Wingman knows the value of relationships and how to build real partnerships that benefit everyone involved.”
—Mark Sanborn, speaker and bestselling author of The Fred Factor and You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader

Rob “Waldo” Waldman understands one thing better than most businesspeople: You can’t reach your highest potential alone. You need wingmen—trusted partners—who can help you overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and prepare for success. A decorated former combat F-16 fighter pilot and now a successful entrepreneur, Waldman lives his life by this rule.

Whether you’re a senior executive, mid-level manager, or new hire fresh out of college, your success depends on the mutual support of trusted associates. In Never Fly Solo, Waldo helps you maximize your relationships to reach your greatest potential. You’ll learn how to:

  • Commit to the core wingman values of integrity, accountability, service, and excellence
  • Transform your relationships with colleagues into interdependent partnerships for success
  • Take courageous action and ask for help when adversity strikes
  • Communicate effectively in high-stress situations
  • Connect with your coworkers and customers on a deeper level

Through compelling, real-world stories, Waldo relates how his Air Force wingmen helped him overcome challenges and become successful by teaching him lessons that work in an offi ce as well as in a cockpit.

Like the world of aerial combat, today’s high-stakes business world operates faster than the speed of sound. Teamwork and trust are critical for thwarting the missiles of fear, change, and risk that too often send even the most seasoned professional into a downward spiral.

You can’t dodge these missiles alone. Never Fly Solo is your flight plan for taking positive action that leads to greater success.

Find out more at www.neverflysolo.com.

The author will donate a portion of the book's proceeds to veterans charities.

 

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As someone who has seen Lt. Col. Rob `Waldo' Waldman speak on more than one occasion, I was understandably excited to get my hands on a copy of his breakout, new bestseller Never Fly Solo: Lead with ... Read full review

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The cockpit of a fighter jet is the last place you would expect to find someone with claustrophobia and a fear of heights. Remarkably, Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman managed to keep that little secret from the US Air Force during a stellar career in which he flew 65 combat missions in Serbia and Iraq. Now a professional leadership speaker, the retired pilot uses lessons from his Air Force days to inspire others to strive for success in business and life. Waldman is most compelling when he shares military stories and explains the tools and techniques he used to overcome adversity. He deserves credit for attempting to draw instructive parallels between his military experiences and life in the corporate world, and he sustains the metaphor of a pilot and his “wingmen.” However, Waldman rarely strays from a traditional leadership course, recycling age-old advice about pursuing dreams and building relationships. Though experienced flyers may not need to climb aboard, getAbstract believes that readers with only ground-level exposure to motivational leadership material will find value and inspiration in Waldman’s flight.
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Contents

Attitude Plus Action Determines Altitude
1
The More You Sweat in Peace the Less You Bleed in Battle
11
Wingmen They Have Your Back and You Have Theirs
25
Integrity First A Wingmans 1 Core Value
39
Find What Gives You Lift and Jettison the Rest
51
Give MissionCritical Feedback When the Missiles Are Launched
65
Wingmen Keep You Focused and on Course
77
Effective Communication Builds Trust
89
The Courage to Quit
105
Connecting with Your Wingmen
117
Fail with Honor and Bounce Back from Adversity
131
Lend a Wing to Help Others Fly
143
Conquer the Fear Barrier That Holds You Back
153
Wingman Glossary of Terms
165
Index
169
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Rob “Waldo” Waldman is a decorated former fighter pilot, sales manager, and professional leadership speaker. His Fortune 500 clients include Hewlett-Packard, Aflac, Marriott, Medtronic, and Nokia. He has been featured on Fox News and BusinessWeek online and in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Selling Power. A lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve, Waldman lives in Atlanta where he was ranked one of the Top 40 under 40 Business Leaders in Georgia.

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