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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Can I Really Do it All?

By Jim Lara

When you become a leader, can you stop “doing” and start “leading?” Find out if the Leadership Path is right for you and answer, “Can I really do it all?”

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How to Address the Top 4 Challenges Faced by Most Flight Departments

By Jim Lara

Bizav flight departments are increasingly constrained by resource-related challenges. Here are the top 4 challenges faced by most flight departments and how you can help address them. Learn more.

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Achieve Perfection with Closed-Loop Communication Principles

By Jim Lara

In aviation, nothing is more critical than flawless execution. Learn how to achieve perfection with simple, closed-loop communication principles.

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Financial and Analytical Modeling Tools for Flight Departments

By Steve Brechter

Steve Brechter and Jim Lara of Gray Stone Advisors discuss how to develop financial and analytical modeling tools for flight departments. Watch the video.

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Catapult your Flight Department with a Current State Assessment

By Steve Brechter

How is your Business Aviation flight department doing? What is the next plateau of operational excellence? Try requesting a Current State Assessment.

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Leadership: Where are We Going, and Why?

By Jim Lara

If you’re always putting fires out, it might be time to hit the proverbial “pause” button and ask, “Where are we going and why?”

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2016 Summer Reading List for Current and Aspiring Leaders

By Jim Lara

Looking for some summer reading suggestions? Gray Stone Advisors’ principal Jim Lara shares his third annual Summer Reading List for current and aspiring leaders.

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Summer Tune-up for Aviation Leaders

By Jim Lara

Summer’s a great time for aviation leaders to fine-tune their flight operations and guard against organizational threats. Jim Lara shares this “how-to.”

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Get Bad News Out Early – Make Time Your Trusted Ally

By Jim Lara

Find out the two things you need to do when something goes wrong within your flight department. Read why it’s critical to “get bad news out early.

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Tales from a “Transformed” Transformational Leader

By Jill Henning

Are you a rigid, command-and-control-style leader like Jim Lara once was? If so, read how Jim was influenced to become a transformational leader.

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NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference Recap

By Jim Lara

Was it worthwhile to attend #SDC16? Here’s Jim Lara’s recap of the recent 2016 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in Tampa, Florida.

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Keep Score Using Corporate Aviation Financial Modeling Tools

By Rick Stone

The objective of corporate aviation financial modeling tools is to position you for long-term predictable success. Rick Stone explains more.

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5 Ways to Get Ahead in Business Aviation

By Steve Brechter

Want to know how to move up, get noticed and get ahead in business aviation? Check out these five approaches from Steve Brechter.

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5 Business Aviation Trends

By Steve Brechter

Steve Brechter shares the five key business aviation trends that have the potential to significantly change the face of our aviation industry as we know it.

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Is Your Flight Department at Risk?

By Steve Brechter

The symptoms of an unhealthy business aviation operation are often misunderstood—even ignored. Here are 5 ways to assess “Is my flight department at risk?”

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How to Deal with Rogue Behavior in Corporate Aviation

By Jim Lara

All corporate aviation flight departments have experienced a team member who exhibits “rogue behavior.” Jim Lara shares these tools to nip it in the bud.

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The Case for Aviation-Specific Role Descriptions

By Steve Brechter

Most job descriptions we see don’t provide clarity or use aviation terminology. Here’s why your flight department needs aviation-specific role descriptions.

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Be In the Moment and Boost Productivity

By Kim DiMetro

Discover the enormous benefit of being present. Follow these 7 Steps on how to be in the moment and boost your productivity.

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Praise for our Articles and e-Newsletter, The Advisor

Doug Schwartz Manager, Global Aviation Services, ConocoPhillips

"The Advisor newsletters have been great. They always contain useful and thought provoking material, are short easy reads and well constructed. I get about 200 emails a day and delete many without reading them. I always read these. Good work."

Joe Loccisano (formerly Director of Maintenance, CSC Transport)

"Your aviation maintenance metrics article is spot on. We tend to focus on getting the job done, focusing on speed and quality. You have taught us that the measurement and documentation of the accomplishments are VERY important downtown [at corporate]. They (executives) need to be shown the value we provide in terms they can understand. It truly is the only way for them to justify our existence and appreciate the service we provide. Your entire site should be required reading for all flight departments in my opinion."