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Gray Stone Advisors Team at NBAA 2012

Gray Stone Advisors’ NBAA Recap

By Jim Lara

The business aviation consulting firm, Gray Stone Advisors, recaps the 65th National Business Aviation Association Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando.

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How to Be an Effective Business Aviation Director

By Jim Lara

The first three months of any job can be challenging. Learn how to be an effective business aviation director in the first 100 days.

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Aviation Maintenance Safety Management Systems

By Steve Brechter

There’s been ‘much ado’ about aviation maintenance Safety Management Systems since their debut over a decade ago. How has SMS impacted in Maintenance?

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Aviation Mentoring 101: Are You Building Your Bench?

By Jim Lara

To achieve leadership success, seek out a mentor who can help you grow, develop and contribute to the ongoing success of your organization. To learn more, read our Mentoring 101 blog.

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How to Improve Business Performance

By Steve Brechter

What’s the best way to ensure long-lasting business performance for your business aviation organization? By getting focused on *why* you exist, *why* you’re in business. This means your department leaders–and the entire team–must truly know and understand the vision, mission and values of your organization.

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How to Find an Executive Mentor and Commit to your Long-term Success

By Jim Lara

Are you ready to become a Transformational Leader? That is, someone who guides and directs others to success? If so, great! One of the best ways to ensure your long-term success is to invest your time and energy in an Executive Mentor who’s just as committed as you are to your long-term success.

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Aviation Training vs. Development: What’s the Difference?

By Jim Lara

We spend lot of time and money training. But how much effort do we put into ‘developing’ our people? And just what is training vs development?

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Managing Aviation Financial Surprises & Earning Executives’ Trust

By Rick Stone

In aviation, financial surprises are common. As Rick Stone shares, here’s how to go about managing aviation financial surprises and how to think like a CFO.

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What are Metrics and Why Do I Need Them?

By Jim Lara

The first question that we often get is: “What are metrics and why do I need them?” Learn more.

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How to Overcome 10 Lethal Organizational Threats

By Jim Lara

As current or aspiring business aviation leaders, it’s important to be able to overcome these 10 lethal organizational threats. Read our 10 tips.

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Knowing Where You Rank in the ‘Best Of’ Category: A simple guide to performance benchmarking

By Steve Brechter

To demonstrate your business aviation team’s performance, here’s a simple guide to starting a benchmarking process.

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Business Aviation Value Creation Metrics

By Jim Lara

Value Creation Metrics, expressed in four levels, are essential tools for everyone who hopes to achieve a position of personal and professional leadership.

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Leadership Essentials: 7 Ways to Become a Credible Influencer

By Steve Brechter

Want to “show up” like a leader, regardless of title or role? Here are 7 ways to ”cast a stone across the water” and become a credible influencer.

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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."