Should universities focus on the present or the future?

When listening to people talk about today and the future, I often think they’re really talking about yesterday and today. Especially in universities and academia. Our minds can be so colonized by our institutions and their frames that we cannot easily view a complex international worldly context. The future is embedded in today. It’s not

Finding your leader’s heart, training your leader’s mind

Hey! You.. gotta..  now! Should.. ought… must…. Danger! Me! Me.. me.. look! In the cacophony of voices, sound bites, visuals, faces, who are the real leaders? Using the devices more fitting for timeshare selling and the shopping channel, scaremongering self-elected leaders seduce us to their agendas, reframing our realities to theirs and send dog-whistle messages

It’s better to be vaguely right than precisely wrong….

There are old pilots and bold pilots but no old, bold pilots. Caution, judgement, self-mastery and restraint have prolonged many a career.  The real professionals maintain a healthy self-doubt The only thing scarier than a bug-eyed, white-knuckled, map-shuffling lost pilot is a bold one who is blithely, confidently, flying in exactly the wrong direction to

Learning to be a leader

If you would like to become a better leader, then I suggest you focus on building your skills as a better learner. I talk more about this in this interview.

Signal to noise ratio

Aviation language is clipped and clear, deliberately precise and limited to allow communication that is unambiguous, direct and actionable. Nuance and emotion are excised; pronunciation is prescribed and vocabulary defined. Feelings, interpretation and poesy have little place in the clear prose and efficient information transmission of operational flying.