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Reading for Leading, Part II: Books for Aviation Leaders

By Jim Lara

Given the nature of the aviation profession, it’s not easy to find the time to read. But for those interested, here’s Jim Lara’s “Reading for Leading” list.

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Process Management: The 5th of 7 Essential Keys to Success

By Steve Brechter

What is process management? When smartly applied, it frees you from constant intervention in day-to-day tasks. Steve Brechter explains why and how.

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Business Aviation Insider: An Interview with Phil Stang

By Jim Lara

Want to know what it’s like to lead a large flight department? Check out this Business Aviation Insider’s interview with VP of aviation, Phil Stang.

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Aviation Budgeting 101: Answering the Question ”How Did You Do This Month?”

By Jim Lara

To help you understand the real economic drivers of your aviation organization, we’re sharing some Aviation Budgeting 101 techniques to help you know where you are, financially, every day of the year.

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Why Inheriting Oversight of the Aviation Department is not a Death Sentence

By Steve Brechter

Do you oversee the aviation department? If aviation is not the core business of your company, we’ll give you the key steps to succeed in your new and vitally important position as an Aviation Reporting Executive.

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How to Write an Individual Development Plans & Performance Improvement Plans for Your Flight Department

By Jim Lara

Are you hearing HR acronyms like ‘IDP’ and ‘PIP’? Learn how to write an Individual Development Plan (IDP) and Performance Improvement Plan (PIP).

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Employee Engagement in Business Aviation

By Steve Brechter

Steve Brechter shares 10 reasons why employee engagement in business aviation is a challenge and what you can do about it.

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As Seen in AIN: Survival Skills for Flight Departments

By Jill Henning

It’s imperative that today’s business aviation managers have a seat at the table at corporate headquarters. Here are survival skills for flight departments.

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6 Ways to Think and Act Like a Leader

By Steve Brechter

It used to be that someone in a leadership role was regarded as having been appointed to that position—or even anointed with it. The person became a “leader” simply by achieving a certain status or title within the company. The myth was that when you reached a certain grade level or acquired a certain job

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How Great Do You Really Want to Be?

By Jim Lara

Are you destined to do great things? How about your organization? How great do you really want to be? First you must learn to answer the hard questions.

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Flight Department Consolidation: When Two Become One

By Jim Lara

Call it what you will—a merger, joining forces or acquisition. When there’s a flight department consolidation, the end result is change. And lots of it. As a business aviation leader, it’s your role and responsibility to produce the finest possible outcome for the corporation or your high net worth owner. And you must come to

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5 Ways to Increase Employee Engagement in Business Aviation

By Jill Henning

In a recent article, we reported on a rather alarming study done by the Gallup Organization, which found that only 29 percent of employees in the U.S. today are “motivated and engaged.” The other 71 percent are at some level of “disengagement.” If that was the eight-cylinder engine in your car, you’d be firing on

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Ready to Lead ? Business Aviation Directors Offer Advice

By Kim DiMetro

Are you ready to lead a flight department? In this post, four business aviation directors offer advice to newcomers who want to tackle the role.

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Commitment vs. Compliance: How to get your aviation team to “I want to do it!”

By Jim Lara

A committed person says, “I will do it!” A compliant person says, “I can do it if I am told to.” Learn the difference between Commitment vs. Compliance.

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Taking Your Flight Department to the ‘Next Level’ of Performance

By Steve Brechter

A Current State Assessment takes an end-to-end look at your aviation organization with respect to Business Aviation industry standards and best practices. It gives you comprehensive feedback on the specific things you might consider focusing upon to elevate your organization to the next level of operating performance.

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5 Reasons to Use a Business Aviation Consultant

By Steve Brechter

Managing a corporate flight department today requires multiple abilities. Here’s why it’s important to partner with a trusted business aviation consultant.

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4 Steps to Successful Conflict Resolution in Business Aviation

By Steve Brechter

Conflict. It’s easier to avoid than to deal with it. But Steve Brechter and guest author Dave Butler explain the art of successful conflict resolution.

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How to Prepare For and Have Difficult Discussions

By Jim Lara

How do you prepare for and have difficult discussions – especially ones that involve budget and/or negotiations? GSA teaches you how to have a difficult discussion here.

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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."