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How Top Aerospace Executives Set the Vision, Grow Their Business & Develop Talent

The Aerospace Executive Podcast Craig Picken

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How Top Aerospace Executives Set the Vision, Grow Their Business & Develop Talent

    Million Dollar Careers: Throwing the Red Flag Makes Your Business Better

    Million Dollar Careers: Throwing the Red Flag Makes Your Business Better

    In football, throwing a red flag allows a coach to contest the ref’s decision. It installs an extra layer of accountability and fairness. In military operations, we red team our strategies to identify weaknesses that can be improved upon.

    Corporate organizations and businesses can benefit from the same approach. Having someone on the team who can interrogate a decision or call BS on a potential move, makes the business stronger.

    How does this show up in companies? Who are the people we should really be listening to before we proceed on a plan?

    In this episode of the Million Dollar careers series, we talk about the power of a red team strategy.

     

    "Throwing a red flag provides outside input, accountability, empowerment, and it can help you avoid a lot of bad decisions." -Robert Houghton

     

    Three Things You’ll Learn In This Episode 

     


    Why accountability improves a business
    Does throwing the red flag subconsciously make everyone better at their jobs?


    The importance of having a frenemy in the business
    Some people find finance roles like accountants and auditors annoying, but why are they so critical to our success?


    How to red team our own lives
    What’s one simple thing we can do to keep ourselves from making bad decisions?

     

    Learn More About Your Host:

    Co-founder and Managing Partner for Northstar Group, Craig is focused on recruiting senior level leadership, sales and operations executives for some of the most prominent companies in the aviation and aerospace industry. Clients include well known aircraft OEM’s, aircraft operators, leasing / financial organizations, and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul (MRO) providers.

    Since 2009 Craig has personally concluded more than 150 executive searches in a variety of disciplines. As the only executive recruiter who has flown airplanes, sold airplanes AND run a business, Craig is uniquely positioned to build deep, lasting relationships with both executives and the boards and stakeholders they serve. This allows him to use a detailed, disciplined process that does more than pair the ideal candidate with the perfect opportunity, and hit the business goals of the companies he serves.

    • 22 min
    Million Dollar Careers: The Best Resumes Tell Stories

    Million Dollar Careers: The Best Resumes Tell Stories

    Most resumes, even the ones with the most impressive accomplishments, are nothing more than a list of boring bullet points. If you’re trying to get a great job with a profile that’s devoid of personality and storytelling, it’s going to be really hard to stand out.

    Everyone has an incredible story to tell about their lives and careers, the more we tell them, the more people want to bring us into their worlds.

    In this episode of the Million Dollar Careers series, Robert Houghton and I talk about what the history of America teaches us about storytelling.

     

    When you’re doing a resume, you’re telling your story and the story has to be informative, inspiring and it has to be entertaining. If it’s just a bunch of bullet points, no one will read it. -Craig Picken 

     

    Three Things You’ll Learn In This Episode 


    Why we have to create career vignettes
    How do you transform an accomplishment on your resume into a mini story?


    How to balance humility with pride
    Can we talk about our proudest accomplishments without coming off braggy and arrogant?


    A storytelling lesson from Bill Gates
    How did the founder of Microsoft use mosquitoes to tell a memorable story?

     

    Learn More About Your Host:

    Co-founder and Managing Partner for Northstar Group, Craig is focused on recruiting senior level leadership, sales and operations executives for some of the most prominent companies in the aviation and aerospace industry. Clients include well known aircraft OEM’s, aircraft operators, leasing / financial organizations, and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul (MRO) providers.

    Since 2009 Craig has personally concluded more than 150 executive searches in a variety of disciplines. As the only executive recruiter who has flown airplanes, sold airplanes AND run a business, Craig is uniquely positioned to build deep, lasting relationships with both executives and the boards and stakeholders they serve. This allows him to use a detailed, disciplined process that does more than pair the ideal candidate with the perfect opportunity, and hit the business goals of the companies he serves.

    • 26 min
    Attracting the Next Generation to Aviation w/Andy Priester

    Attracting the Next Generation to Aviation w/Andy Priester

    Recruiting the next generation of professionals is a big concern for the aviation industry. It is now mandatory that aviation companies, large and small, to paint a clear picture of attractive career opportunities. 

    How can the industry accomplish this? 

    Andy Priester, Chairman and CEO of the world's largest and oldest family-owned Management and Charter company talks about navigating challenges surrounding recruitment, how to attract the right team members and make team members feel more valued. 

     

    The more we’re connected, the more job satisfaction our team members can get. - Andy Priester

     

    Three Things You’ll Learn In This Episode 

     


    How to make your company an employer of choice
    What are the different ways to make your team members feel more valued?


    How aviation companies can attract top pilot talent
    How can we project an image of career consistency that is attractive to pilots?


    How to hire the right team members
    What qualities should you look for when hiring applicants?

     

    Guest Bio-

    Andy Priester serves as Priester Aviation’s Chairman and CEO. He is the third generation of Priesters to lead the business, the world's largest and oldest family-owned Management and Charter company. The Priester family has a rich aviation history starting in 1945, including owning Palwaukee Airport – KPWK (now renamed Chicago Executive Airport), operating a flight school, operating multiple FBOs, providing 145 maintenance services, and operating an aircraft sales division. During Andy’s tenure at Priester, he has grown the fleet from seven to over 65 aircraft they manage from 15 bases globally today. Andy currently sits on the board of the Air Charter Safety Foundation, is current Chair of YPO Chicago – Windy City, and is past Chair of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA). Andy is a proud University of Dayton Flyer and holds a Master’s degree from Concordia University.

    To find out more, go to: https://www.priesterav.com/about-us/priester-team/. You can also email Andy directly at andyp@priesterav.com or call his office at 847-537-1133.

     

    Learn More About Your Host:

    Co-founder and Managing Partner for Northstar Group, Craig is focused on recruiting senior-level leadership, sales, and operations executives for some of the most prominent companies in the aviation and aerospace industry. Clients include well-known aircraft OEMs, aircraft operators, leasing / financial organizations, and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul (MRO) providers.

    Since 2009 Craig has personally concluded more than 150 executive searches in a variety of disciplines. As the only executive recruiter who has flown airplanes, sold airplanes, AND run a business, Craig is uniquely positioned to build deep, lasting relationships with both executives and the boards and stakeholders they serve. This allows him to use a detailed, disciplined process that does more than pair the ideal candidate with the perfect opportunity and hit the business goals of the companies he serves.

    • 51 min
    Are You The Office Naysayer? Why Whining & Gossiping Is Ruining Your Career w/Robert Houghton

    Are You The Office Naysayer? Why Whining & Gossiping Is Ruining Your Career w/Robert Houghton

    One of the fastest ways to tank a career with a lot of potential is to be the guy or gal known for gossiping, whining and loudly airing discontent. It drags down the morale of the whole office and you become a cancer the company desperately wants to cut out.

    Instead of being the resident naysayer on the team, how do we show up ready to pull our weight and get the job done with minimal grumbling?

    In this episode, Robert Houghton returns for our Million Dollar Careers series. Today, we talk about the danger of being the negative person in the office. 

     

    "If you take someone who is gossiping, whining and complaining - the opposite is someone who makes a mistake and extremely owns what they do, they are accountable. Those are the leaders a company needs." -Robert Houghton

     

    Three Things You’ll Learn In This Episode 

     


    The other side of gossiping and complaining
    What can we learn from a gas station attendant’s act of extreme ownership?


    What rudderless companies have in common
    If a company is failing to weed out the gossipers and complainers, what does it say about the organization?


    How to increase your chance of promotion
    Could refusing to show up to the office be keeping you from the promotion you want?

     

    Learn More About Your Host:

    Co-founder and Managing Partner for Northstar Group, Craig is focused on recruiting senior level leadership, sales and operations executives for some of the most prominent companies in the aviation and aerospace industry. Clients include well known aircraft OEM’s, aircraft operators, leasing / financial organizations, and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul (MRO) providers.

    Since 2009 Craig has personally concluded more than 150 executive searches in a variety of disciplines. As the only executive recruiter who has flown airplanes, sold airplanes AND run a business, Craig is uniquely positioned to build deep, lasting relationships with both executives and the boards and stakeholders they serve. This allows him to use a detailed, disciplined process that does more than pair the ideal candidate with the perfect opportunity, and hit the business goals of the companies he serves.

    • 25 min
    What Does a Great Employer-Employee Relationship Look Like?

    What Does a Great Employer-Employee Relationship Look Like?

    Over the last few years, what people expect from an employer-employee relationship has shifted significantly, and leaders have to keep up.

    The days of the traditional clock-in-clock-out, 9-5 job are over. People want real meaning, equity and trust out their companies.

    How do we progress towards happier workplaces? What are the employees of today seeking from their leaders, and how do so many companies get it wrong?

    In this episode, solopreneur, strategy consultant, speaker, trainer and author of “The Lovable Leader”, Jeff Gibbard joins me for a great conversation on becoming a leader people will happily follow.

     

    Leaders underestimate how simple it is to make progress toward better. To move towards environments where more people are happy requires small shifts. -Jeff Gibbard

     

    Three Things You’ll Learn In This Episode 

     


    Why trust is key to a great employer-employee relationship
    Why does micromanaging say a lot more about the leader than it does the employee?


    How to deal with activist employees
    What's at the root of the employer vs. employee friction we see in so many organizations?


    Why a leader’s first month is mission-critical to their success in the role
    If the first month of leading a team is rough does that mean it’s the wrong fit?

     

    Guest Bio

    Jeff Gibbard is a solopreneur, strategy consultant, speaker, trainer and author of The Lovable Leader. Commonly known as the World's Most Handsome Strategist and Professional Speaker. Jeff has noticed that our culture of work glorifies profits over people, burnout over quality of life, and dominance over autonomy. He believes that we can no longer pretend that our work is separate from who we are. Our work is a part of who we are. What we do and how we do it, should be in alignment with who we want to be.

    For more information and to sign up for Jeff’s newsletter, visit https://jgibbard.com/ and buy his book “The Lovable Leader: Build Great Teams with Trust, Respect, and Kindness” here. 

     

    Learn More About Your Host:

    Co-founder and Managing Partner for Northstar Group, Craig is focused on recruiting senior level leadership, sales and operations executives for some of the most prominent companies in the aviation and aerospace industry. Clients include well known aircraft OEM’s, aircraft operators, leasing / financial organizations, and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul (MRO) providers.

    Since 2009 Craig has personally concluded more than 150 executive searches in a variety of disciplines. As the only executive recruiter who has flown airplanes, sold airplanes AND run a business, Craig is uniquely positioned to build deep, lasting relationships with both executives and the boards and stakeholders they serve. This allows him to use a detailed, disciplined process that does more than pair the ideal candidate with the perfect opportunity, and hit the business goals of the companies he serves.

    • 37 min
    How Can We Help Veterans Transition Back to Civilian Life? w/General Odie Slocum

    How Can We Help Veterans Transition Back to Civilian Life? w/General Odie Slocum

    Over the last 2 decades, the needs of veterans have come into the spotlight more than ever before, and there’s still a huge need to understand the challenges that come with military service.

    How do we make the transition out of service less difficult? What can civilians and the private sector do to better support the men and women who have served our country?

    In this episode, Fighter Pilot, Military and Veteran Advocate, Consultant, Speaker, and Coach, Brigadier General Odie Slocum, shares how his organization Others Over Self is helping veterans.

     

    Guest Bio

    General Odie Slocum is a Fighter Pilot (ret), Military and Veteran Advocate, Consultant, Speaker, and Coach. He works with the organizations Others Over Self and Warriors With Warriors.

    For more information head to https://othersoverself.com/ae/.

     

    Learn More About Your Host:

    Co-founder and Managing Partner for Northstar Group, Craig is focused on recruiting senior level leadership, sales and operations executives for some of the most prominent companies in the aviation and aerospace industry. Clients include well known aircraft OEM’s, aircraft operators, leasing / financial organizations, and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul (MRO) providers.

    Since 2009 Craig has personally concluded more than 150 executive searches in a variety of disciplines. As the only executive recruiter who has flown airplanes, sold airplanes AND run a business, Craig is uniquely positioned to build deep, lasting relationships with both executives and the boards and stakeholders they serve. This allows him to use a detailed, disciplined process that does more than pair the ideal candidate with the perfect opportunity, and hit the business goals of the companies he serves.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

JoshCrist ,

Empowering, insightful and actionable! 🙌

Whether you’re well established as an aerospace executive, or just getting started carving out your niche within the industry - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Craig does an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving career in aerospace, and life you can be proud of - from leaders who’ve actually experienced success themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

IV_AliH ,

Excellent!

Every episode is so interesting and informative! Craig does a wonderful job hosting and brings on incredible guests that share really useful insights.

CJThomas6 ,

Fantastic show

Great show! Craig and his guests always share helpful content and insights .

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