Never Fly Solo: Lead with Courage, Build Trusting Partnerships, and Reach New Heights in Business

Never Fly Solo: Lead with Courage, Build Trusting Partnerships, and Reach New Heights in Business

by Robert "Waldo" Waldman, Robert Waldman


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The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling book on building powerful, effective teams!

“An amazing book that bucks the old paradigm that maverick leaders and self-made entrepreneurs set the bar. It will forever change the way you look at leadership.”

—Marshall Goldsmith, author of The Wall Street Journal #1 business bestseller
What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

“In Never Fly Solo, Rob ‘Waldo’ Waldman shares potent, personal leadership lessons on what it takes to access the power of your wingmen. If you want a former fi ghter pilot with 65
combat missions as your wingman and if business success is your target, take flight with
Waldo’s book and earn your wings. You’ll never fly solo again.”

—Jeffrey Gitomer, bestselling author of The Little Red Book of Selling

“If you are serious about building trusting relationships and launching your business and life to new heights, then invest in yourself and buy this book.”

—Keith Ferrazzi, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Who’s Got Your Back

“Authentic and inspirational, Never Fly Solo is a winning formula for successful leadership that everyone in business should read.”

—Howard Putnam, former CEO of Southwest Airlines and author of The Winds of Turbulence

“Waldo does a superb job of applying to the business world the lessons he learned in his military career. His excellent use of vignettes shows how standards and values are applicable to leading an honorable life.”

—General Ron Fogleman, U.S. Air Force Retired, former Chief of Staff, USAF

“Waldo the Wingman knows the value of relationships and how to build real partnerships that benefit everyone involved.”

—Mark Sanborn, speaker and bestselling author of The Fred Factor and You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader

Rob “Waldo” Waldman understands one thing better than most businesspeople:
You can’t reach your highest potential alone.
You need wingmen—trusted partners—who can help you overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and prepare for success. A decorated former combat
F-16 fighter pilot and now a successful entrepreneur,
Waldman lives his life by this rule.

Whether you’re a senior executive, mid-level manager,
or new hire fresh out of college, your success depends on the mutual support of trusted associates. In Never
Fly Solo
, Waldo helps you maximize your relationships to reach your greatest potential. You’ll learn how to:

  • Commit to the core wingman values of integrity, accountability, service, and excellence
  • Transform your relationships with colleagues into interdependent partnerships for success
  • Take courageous action and ask for help when adversity strikes
  • Communicate effectively in high-stress situations
  • Connect with your coworkers and customers on a deeper level

Through compelling, real-world stories, Waldo relates how his Air Force wingmen helped him overcome challenges and become successful by teaching him lessons that work in an offi ce as well as in a cockpit.

Like the world of aerial combat, today’s high-stakes business world operates faster than the speed of sound. Teamwork and trust are critical for thwarting the missiles of fear, change, and risk that too often send even the most seasoned professional into a downward spiral.

You can’t dodge these missiles alone. Never Fly Solo
is your flight plan for taking positive action that leads to greater success.

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The author will donate a portion of the book's proceeds to veterans charities.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071637060
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 10/30/2009
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 460,912
Product dimensions: 8.46(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Rob “Waldo” Waldman
is a decorated former fighter pilot, sales manager,
and professional leadership speaker. His Fortune
500 clients include Hewlett-Packard, Aflac, Marriott,
Medtronic, and Nokia. He has been featured on Fox
News and BusinessWeek online and in the Atlanta
and Selling Power. A lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve, Waldman lives in
Atlanta where he was ranked one of the Top 40 under
40 Business Leaders in Georgia.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Push It Up

Chapter 2: Chair Flying

Chapter 3: Check Six

Chapter 4: Over-G

Chapter 5: Lift vs. Drag

Chapter 6: Break Right

Chapter 7: Lose Sight, Lose Fight

Chapter 8: Situational Awareness

Chapter 9: Abort! Abort!

Chapter 10: Walk the Flight Line

Chapter 11: New Day, New Jet

Chapter 12: Service Before Self

Chapter 13: Release Breaks

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