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What You Say Counts

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Say what you mean and mean what you say… We all know the adage, “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it,” which is true more often than not. […]

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How to Write a Trip Report & Recap Your Company’s Investment

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Before heading to your next aviation conference, you might want to consider how you’ll recap the event with a trip report. A trip report is a communication document addressed to your […]

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BizAv Workforce Shortage: Do We Need a Paradigm Change?

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This past August, I was invited to participate at NBAA’s second annual Workforce Summit held in Washington DC. The goal of the Summit was to discuss strategies that industry stakeholders […]

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Hangar-Hopping: Is the Grass Really Greener?

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We’ve all heard the phrase, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” And it applies to some recent conversations I’ve had with both pilots and maintenance […]

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What Baseball Can Teach Us About Aviation Talent Management

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I’m a baseball mom. And this summer, I’ve been a traveling baseball mom. I’ve been watching Peter (my soon-to-be high school senior) pitch in his competitive summer league. The experience got […]

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Success Penalty: Myth or Realty?

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At a recent Florida Aviation Business Association (FABA) conference, a retention-related topic called the “success penalty” arose. Admittedly, I’d never heard that phrase, but once one of the panelists began […]

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Aviation ‘Pride’ Takes on a Welcome New Meaning

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Each June, since moving to San Francisco 20+ years ago, I witness the city display the rainbow colors and flags in support of “Pride Month.” And while it’s taken quite a […]

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DOM to DOA: Why Maintenance Pros Make Great Flight Dept. Leaders

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Moving from the role of Director of Maintenance (DOM) to Director of Aviation (DOA) might be atypical for certain corporate flight departments. However, as recruiters and advisors to business aviation, here […]

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Buddy to Boss: Successfully Transition to Leadership

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If you’ve ever been promoted from within your flight department, chances are you’ve experienced moving from someone’s “buddy” to someone’s “boss.” Suddenly being the leader of one or more of your […]

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Get Creative! Why Typical Retention Bonuses Don’t Work

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The business aviation industry is abuzz about compensation and its relationship to the pilot shortage, and one thing we can be certain of is that this issue is not going […]

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The High Cost of Pilot Turnover

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Lately, a lot of us are talking about aviation retention strategies—especially with the critical shortage of qualified talent. So, the question is: why should an aviation director take heed? For starters, most […]

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Is there a Ceiling in Business Aviation?

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Do you think there’s a ceiling in business aviation? Meaning, if you’re a corporate pilot or maintenance technician, is there a limit to your career growth? Unless you’re waiting for your boss […]

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Hiring for Diversity in Business Aviation

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In December 2017, I participated in NBAA’s Workforce Summit and was recently quoted in NBAA’s Jan/Feb issue of the Business Aviation Insider. In the article, “Expand Your Talent Base Through […]

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Showcasing Your Skills in an Interview (Without Looking Like a Schmuck)

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For recruiters, interviewing and selecting you as the right job candidate is not as easy as it might seem. Attempting to assess your skills and appropriateness for a certain position […]

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SURVEY: The Business Aviation Maintenance Shortage

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Are we in the midst of a business aviation maintenance shortage? The answer is a resounding “yes,” according to 89 percent of business aviation maintenance leaders surveyed by Aviation Personnel International […]

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10 Ways to Prepare for your Annual Performance Review

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It’s the end of the year, and that means it’s likely time for your annual performance review. Maybe HR has a template for you to complete online. Or perhaps your VP […]

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How A Fortune 100 Bizav Leader Secured 1 Million in Pilot Compensation

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“My pilots owe you big time, Sheryl.” This was the start of a conversation I had with a Fortune 100 flight department leader at the Morristown Regional meeting this past September. He […]

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NBAA17: What Happened and How to Prep for NBAA18

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Having recently returned from this year’s NBAA-BACE, I’m filled with the enthusiasm and excitement for our industry that I’ve always returned with following these terrific, informative conferences. Personally, it was wonderful […]

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How Efficient is Your Aviation Recruiting Process?

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At a recent aviation industry golf tournament in Minnesota, someone asked me a great question. “Jennifer, how long should it really take us to complete the aviation recruiting process?” he asked. […]

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The Aviation Interview: 9 Ways to Succeed via Phone or Video

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Congratulations! You’ve just landed an interview for your dream job! Once upon a time, this meant practicing your interview answers, loading up your briefcase and heading out the door for your […]

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