Decorated Fighter Pilot, New York Times Bestselling Author, Hall of Fame Speaker

Lt. Col. "Waldo" Waldman
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Lt. Col. "Waldo" Waldman At A Glance:

Known as “The Wingman,” Lt. Col. (ret) Waldo Waldman is a combat decorated fighter pilot, executive coach, and the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Never Fly Solo. He helps organizations build collaborative cultures of trust, courage and commitment in order to adapt to change.

Known as “The Wingman,”Lt. Col. (ret) Waldo Waldman is a combat decorated fighter pilot, executive coach, and the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Never Fly Solo. He helps organizations build collaborative cultures of trust, courage and commitment in order to adapt to change, break performance barriers, and overcome adversity.

In addition to his time in the military, Waldo has real world corporate sales experience and is an expert on change management and resilience – having overcome massive claustrophobia as a fighter pilot. His compelling stories and techniques on overcoming adversity, performing under pressure, earning trust, and servant-based leadership are extremely relevant to organizations who are going through massive change and seeking to build high performance teams and partnerships.

Waldo is a graduate of the U.S Air Force Academy and also holds an MBA with a focus on Organizational Behavior. He is an inductee into the Professional Speaker Hall of Fame, a prestigious award that honors speakers who have reached the top echelon of platform excellence and has been bestowed on less than 200 speakers worldwide. He’s been featured on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Inc. Magazine, and The Harvard Business Review, and his clients include Hewlett Packard, Verizon, American Express, The Denver Broncos, MassMutual, Siemens, Merck, Johnson & Johnson and dozens of national associations.

  • Never Fly Solo

    Discover how to commit yourself to excellence, prepare diligently for every mission; and collaborate with your team with trust, courage and mutual support. Be inspired to take to the skies knowing that you have wingmen to help you face challenge and change with confidence while maximizing your potential in all aspects of your life.
    Through captivating, interactive stories, and high-energy video, you'll learn tools and tactics to succeed in highly competitive, constantly changing, and demanding environments.
    Audiences leave Waldo's keynote with new skills to:
    - Adapt to change
    - Overcome obstacles to break performance barriers
    - Lead with conviction, integrity and compassion
    - Build trust in their fellow wingmen and themselves
    - Maximize potential in both business and life
  • Wingman Leadership®

    High energy and interactive program on building a collaborative culture of trust, accountability, mutual support, & excellence.

    The key to building a high-performing organization that encourages innovative thinking, adaptability to change, effective communication, and a commitment to excellence lies with its leadership.
    In this high-energy program, Waldo highlights the difference between managing others and leading them to be responsible, empowered and confident wingmen. Waldo will discuss proven leadership principals based on his experience as an AF Academy graduate, decorated fighter pilot, and seasoned businessman.

    The program will:
    - Instill a “One Team-One Mission” culture of team ownership so that every leader feels fully accountable for the success of the mission.
    - Share tools to motivate leaders and staff to collaborate more effectively, adapt to change, and face adversity and conflict with courage.
    - Provide tools for personal and professional growth that will give additional leverage for building high-performance teams.
  • Wingman Safety®

    A keynote or half day seminar that focuses on building a courageous culture of operational excellence, safety, and trust.

    In the world of the fighter pilot, complacency kills. A failure to adhere to standards, maintain discipline and follow procedures not only can cause aircraft mishaps, but it can also cost lives.
    The same holds true on the factory floor or a dangerous worksite. Employees who lack attention to detail, focus, and discipline are prone to make mistakes that can impact safety, productivity, operational excellence…and lives.

    Waldo will share proven leadership principals based on his experience as an Air Force safety officer and as a combat flight lead where his wingmen’s lives were on the line.

    Following his program, the audience will learn peak performance leadership and safety enhancing tools based on three key concepts:

    Commitment to Excellence – Everyone must know exactly what and who they are fighting for. They should emulate excellence on and off the job, and understand that their role is essential to safety, morale, and culture.

    Values Based Culture – Integrity, accountability, mutual respect, and teamwork must serve as the foundation for all relationships.

    Effective Communication – Leaders listen intently and communicate their safety vision with passion. They promote open two-way communication.
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