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AINsight: Diversity Hire vs ‘Best Candidate’ Status Quo

This article about whether to go with the ‘diversity hire’ vs. hire the ‘best candidate’ appeared in Aviation International News. View here.   A colleague of mine recently heard a story involving an “aha” moment with a Fortune 500 CEO. Upon boarding the company jet and seeing an all-female flight crew, the CEO (a male) made a comment that questioned the safety of the flight. Thankfully, his female CFO was also on the airplane and she promptly rebutted his comments by saying, “Really? I’m good enough for the C-suite, yet you doubt their capabilities on the flight deck?” Creating […]

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AINsight: Hire by Design, Not Default

This guest blog post about how to hire by design (not default) appeared in Aviation International News. View here.   As the U.S. economy opens up, many professionals are looking for a career change. In fact, job changes are at their highest level since 2000, according to the Wall Street Journal. And business aviation is not immune to these changes. While there are some unemployed aviation professionals as a result of Covid-19 downsizing, I’d venture to say that there’s a bit of a “reshuffling” going on. And it’s only going to get more competitive as the demand […]

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AINsight: On the Precipice of Another Talent Shortage

This guest blog post about the aviation talent shortage appeared in Aviation International News. View here.   There’s a clear return to flying as vaccinations ramp up and regions reopen. In fact, just this week, a business aviation director told me that all three of his company’s aircraft were in use. Plus a NetJets share! Other flight departments have sent executives to India and Europe. Business aviation is back! The airlines are back, too. And it appears they’re having a difficult time ramping up fast enough. Just take a look at availability and prices. […]

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AINsight: Covid-19 Vaccine FAQs for Bizav Pros

In corporate boardrooms around the globe, the Covid-19 vaccine—and whether to mandate it for employees—is on the agenda. After all, businesses have an ethical and legal duty to keep their staff and customers safe. Because Covid-19 vaccine requirements affect business aircraft crew members, my team has received a number of HR-related questions in this area. In response, we crafted the following FAQs for U.S.-based companies. Hopefully, our research will help flight department leaders to understand their options and what others are doing to re-establish their travel routines.   Can my employer ask me […]

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AINsight: Impact of Aviation Management

Over the past few years, and especially during Covid, aviation management companies have experienced explosive growth. This is due in large part to the influx of new aircraft owners—both high-net-worth individuals and companies new to ownership. This trend toward the use of management companies has me thinking about its long-term impact. Specifically, as it relates to aircraft owners, aspiring aviation leaders, and business aviation as a whole. To get a sense of what’s happening, I spoke with an aviation director who’s been on both sides of the aisle. He’s served as an […]

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AINsights: An Awakening

Unlikely as it might seem, in many ways, the pandemic has been an awakening. It’s temporarily relieved the pressure valve on the pilot shortage. It’s gotten companies to innovate in remarkable ways. It’s brought in a slew of first-time aircraft buyers. Military professionals are rejoining our industry. And flight departments are starting to hire again. Now that enough time has elapsed, we can look at some of these alterations in our industry and take action to ensure that we’re not caught off guard during the next downturn. The following are a […]

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AINsight: Restoring Civility in the Workplace

Everywhere I go it seems like controversial topics quickly become front and center. At my book club, my weekly golf group, in work meetings, and of course on TV. As a nation, we’ve become extremely divided—and it’s negatively affecting our workforce culture. Our business aviation community is not immune. Case in point: I recently spoke with an aviation director on how polarized his team has become. He recounted a story of a pilot who wanted to “unpair” from a copilot who was on the other side politically. He didn’t want to spend […]

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AINsight: Light at the End of ‘Proficiency’ Tunnel

This week, we watched the first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine depart via air from Kalamazoo, Michigan. It was amazing—and gratifying—to witness aviation play such a big role. The culmination of that flight with the vaccines had to involve the cooperation and coordination of countless organizations. I can only imagine the sense of pride experienced by everyone involved, along with the crew members on board of the historic mission. Needless to say, the delivery of the vaccine is an incredible milestone in what has been a perilously challenging year. Personally, I […]

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AINsight: Making the ‘Handshake Connection’

The investment mogul Warren Buffett once asked, “Ever give a firm handshake over a speakerphone?” This quote from a decade-old “No Plane, No Gain” initiative has stayed with me because nothing can replace a warm handshake. After all, one of the mainstays of business aviation is enabling personal, face-to-face handshake connections. Yet for the past eight months—and probably well into 2021—we’re forgoing them. So, just how will we continue to manage in the meantime, without that symbolic, all-important handshake? For starters, we pivot. Just like we did after 9/11 and the Great Recession […]

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AINsight: Getting Back to Business Amid Covid

Last weekend, I asked my friend Elena, the proprietress of two of San Francisco’s busiest restaurants, how the return to dining was going. She laughed and said, “There are three distinct types of customers right now. First is the petrified diner who refuses human contact and gets takeout delivered to their car. The second is very cautious and exclusively dines outdoors (and summer is cold in San Francisco!). Meanwhile, the third customer type says, ‘Get me inside and give me a cocktail! I’m living in the Covid world!’” Elena’s story makes […]

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