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IRS to Audit Firms for Misclassifying Employees as Independent Contractors

By Steve Brechter

The Gray Stone Advisors team is providing this urgent “heads up” regarding increased vigilance by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on the misclassification of independent contractors. Misclassifying Employees This issue was addressed in the Aug. 27 NBAA Newsletter entitled “IRS Tightens Scrutiny of Worker Misclassification.” There are many instances in our industry where unintentional employee

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Reading for Leading: Essential Books for Aviation Leaders

By Jim Lara

If you’re looking for an excellent list of essential books for aviation leaders, search no further than these tops recommended titles.

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Process 101: How to Build a Process-Driven Flight Department

By Steve Brechter

There’s a guaranteed way to improve your operating efficiency, lower costs and ensure consistent service delivery. Build a process-driven flight department.

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How to Market the Corporate Flight Department to Executive Travelers

By Jim Lara

Need to justify the value of business aviation? Here are five tips on how to market the corporate flight department to executive travelers.

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Getting Involved in the Business Aviation Industry: Why Bother?

By Jim Lara

In the business aviation industry, many of us grapple with how to keep up with the avalanche of new ideas, technical developments and regulatory requirements coming at us every day. But if we choose not to keep up, we’re at risk of becoming obsolete in a very short period of time, and that time frame is getting shorter every day.

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Process Management for Business Aviation Administration Teams

By Steve Brechter

Process management enables organizations to produce consistently stellar outcomes by using well-defined, optimized and relevant processes.

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Do I Have What it Takes to be a Transformational Leader?

By Jim Lara

True leaders work behind the scenes and with very little motion. Here are 20 questions to determine if you’re ready to be a transformational leader.

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Become a Business Aviation Thought Leader by Implementing Metrics

By Jim Lara

Most of us in business aviation do an okay job measuring “activity.” Meaning, we generally track our miles flown, gallons fuelburned, hours flown, etc. This is a great start. But it’s never a goodidea to drive 80 miles per hour while only looking in the rear-view mirror. What we should be doing a better job

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Process 101: The Case for Process Management in Business Aviation

By Steve Brechter

Steve Brechter shares 10 reasons why process management in business aviation organizations is critical. Then build a business case to become process-driven.

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4 Ways to Get Started as a New Business Aviation Director

By Jim Lara

Every day in the life of a new business aviation director is different. Here’s how to be your most effective during the first 100 days on the job.

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Think Differently: 5 Ways to Get Ahead in Business Aviation

By Steve Brechter

Mark Twain once said,“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” What’s the message? If you want to get ahead in business aviation today, you’ve got to step out of your comfort zone and think differently. The most effective leaders in our industry have a greatly

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What is a Transformational Leader?

By Jim Lara

What is a transformational leader? They’re best known for their ability to inspire performance from others. Measure yourself against Jim Lara’s checklist.

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5 Steps to Become a More Effective Business Communicator

By Jim Lara

Discover five easy steps to becoming a more effective business communicator—and get examples of communications you might send.

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How to Get Ahead in Business Aviation: Be Present and Prepared

By Steve Brechter

As aviation students prepare for college graduation, many may be wondering how to get ahead once they start their business aviation careers. Here’s 5 tips.

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How to Use Individual Development Plans to Develop Bizav Teams

By Jim Lara

Want to further develop your people? Learn how to create and use individual development plans to develop bizav teams and individuals. Read more.

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5 Ways to Lead Up in Business Aviation

By Steve Brechter

Want to build mutual trust with your business aviation reporting executive? Here are five ways to lead up in business aviation.

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Taking Initiative to Advance Your Career

By Steve Brechter

Hit a career plateau? If you’re ready to take the next step, you’ll need action plan to ensure that you’re prepared. Learn how to find the right staircase to get ahead.

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Case Study: Metrics Dashboard Demonstrates Flight Department’s Effectiveness

By Jill Henning

Hewlett-Packard’s flight department needed to become more efficient due to changes in the economy. See how we helped HP deliver a metrics dashboard.

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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."