Hiring Right

Christopher Columbus, believing the world was round, thought the fastest way to India was to set sail westward. Looking for a water route to Asia, he would attempt this feat four times without success. Some political powers of his day would deem the trip a failure because the cost of the expedition was greater than the initial return for the expedition. Spain’s expenses for the trip were comparable to sending a man to the Moon in modern times. Initially, the Moon mission seemed like just a large expenditure of tax dollars for the purpose of bragging rights against the USSR, a bunch of tourists’ “We were here” photos, and a bag of rocks. Yet, when analyzing the return over time, the dividends are exponential. Because of Columbus, Spain laid claim to an entirely new continent filled with riches and natural resources. The Moon mission and space discovery has yielded 63,000 technologies, including the CAT scan, cordless tools, and the famous TANG breakfast drink.

Each day around the world, companies in pursuit of their dreams invest time and money into hiring new employees. Some of those candidates bring raw talent that can be easily cultivated. Others have experience and wisdom that can be appropriated to benefit all. Then, there are workers who have management asking themselves, “Why did we hire this person?”

Let’s first focus on the questionable hire. Many companies desire employees that fit their immediate needs and goals. These firms employ candidates with very little need for investment but have just enough production value so that the company can reach its immediate goal. This can be considered a failed hire because the person feels expendable. Like Columbus with a finite goal, it may take several attempts to hire the correct person before showing a return on time and investment. Therefore, if meeting the objective is the only desire, then residual dividends will be missed.

Typically, a new hire is unable to contribute to a company’s growth if he or she is compelled to perform a mundane job, making them a “punch-in, punch-out” employee. Hidden treasures await a visionary employer that seeks to unearth the potential of its “robot” hires. Cultivating dedication and providing challenges and opportunities for self-edification requires an understanding by both parties. First, the employer must establish the vision. Second, the candidate must be willing to be part of the vision, based on realistic expectations. The effect of such a union can be infectious and create a positive buzz within the company.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry said, “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” It is the dream of being more that compelled Columbus to cross the Atlantic. It took collaboration for the Apollo program to reach the moon. From these brave endeavors have come millions of possibilities, jobs, and opportunities. 

First State Chapter PAMA

Thank you to John Agnew and his team at the First State Chapter PAMA for putting on a first class IA seminar. # 17 and over 300 attendees. Thank you for the opportunity to speak and be a part of such a great event.

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Representing GLOBALJET, Rich Bean, President, spoke about the many ways that an individual can enjoy work, family, and life. He left the attendees with a challenge to b!~more in their life.

Aircraft Mechanics and Instructors

This short is a tribute to the many aviation instructors that I work with at GLOBALJET Services. Each trainer has been an aircraft mechanic; now they impart their years of experience and wisdom to the next generation, in hopes of helping them become better technicians.

God, I Love to Make Them Fly

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In the Aviation Community there is a large body of individuals that are extremely enamored with empowering tubes of metal and plastic with the ability to break gravity so that they can soar through the heavens. These talented people, dedicated to the concept of flight, have hundreds of lives placed in their capable hands every hour of everyday of the year. As each passenger embarks on an aircraft, the weight of their life and limb, falls squarely upon his or her shoulders. No, I am not speaking about the myriad of pilots, nor flight attendants; it is the proverbial masters of flight behind the curtain that I refer to -the mechanics of aviation.

It is true that pilots are responsible for the lives that they transport, but it is the mechanics that are accountable for the pilot’s life and comfort, as well as the entire flight crew and the passengers. For each flight crew, there are teams of highly qualified personnel that are assigned to keep that same plane airworthy and operational for scheduled or unscheduled flights. These contingents consist of technicians, engineers, and specialists which outnumber the groups that operate the aircraft. The average flight crew has a pilot, co-pilot, and occasionally a flight attendant for the convenience of passengers, but a maintenance team of a standard corporate flight department, in comparison, has an array of technical support with the same mandate to protect life, limb, and property.

Often, in European and Asian countries, a spontaneous outbreak of applause echoes through the passenger cabin once the pilot has safely touched-down on the runway. These accolades can be equated to theater, when the actors appear from behind the curtain to take their well-earned bows for a performance that is well done. Comparatively, the theatrical tech crew containing lighting, sound, and stage hands remain in the dark, out of sight of the audience yet in ear shot to know that their work has not gone unnoticed. Unfortunately, the mechanic does not get to hear the appreciation from its benefactors, for the dedication to their craft which kept the metal tube aloft. Usually such gratitude falls silent upon the tarmac once the occupants have disembarked. Only in the fortitude of long hours and a moderate salary the mechanic must find contentment of his own integrity; that he has accomplished his job. It is when her wheels are up, and she disappears into the clouds, he smiles. Then, he turns and says quietly before going on to troubleshoot another problem, “God, I love to make them fly.” 

The Value of a Mentor in Aviation

An old dusty violin is being auctioned. It sits at the front of the room, silent and hollow. The auctioneer, cold and indifferent, calls for a bid. No response comes from the audience, not even a sound. The auctioneer calls out again, “Can I have an opening bid of five dollars?” The room is still quiet, until a chair at the back of the room breaks the silence and screeches across the marble floor, echoing through the auditorium. An elderly man stands up and walks to the display table. He lovingly lifts the instrument, tunes it, then draws the bow across the strings with the elegance of a ballerina in a pirouette. From within the violin’s hollow rosewood chamber lifts a melody that fills the room and pierces the heart of each attendee. Once he finishes, the man returns the violin to its stand and walks back to his seat. After a short pause, the auctioneer tearfully continues, “Can I have an opening bid for this beautiful rosewood Stradivarius?” Immediately, there is a response of “Five hundred,” then, “Six hundred,” and so it climbs until the auctioneer cries, “Sold to the highest bidder!”

In this age of ever-changing teaching aids based on the newest and greatest classroom technology, purchasers of education are forgetting the value of a mentor. As powerful as technical advances are, they are no substitute for wisdom, practical knowledge, and hands-on experience. The tangible and interpersonal components of education cater to a field that is based on firsthand knowledge and human interaction. These cannot be replaced or simulated by machinery.

Like the master violinist, a quality aviation instructor does not just train their student; they educate and impart years of time-tested experience. Drawing on decades of observation, fact finding, troubleshooting, and practical application, the instructor relays priceless professional skills to the student, as well as invaluable tips, insights, and advice. While on-site, the educator draws out the apprentice’s hidden abilities, turning him or her into a master of the trade, whether in the classroom or the hangar.

Human interaction allows students to reach their full potential as aviation technicians and professionals. It is through discourse that students truly learn, such as, “Stage the component so that it is vertical. Now turn it 90 degrees until you hear and feel it click into place. Good. Did you hear and feel it set into place?” Interpersonal communication is uniquely powerful. Sight, smell, hearing, and touch are invaluable tools employed by qualified educators. These skills also troubleshoot the illogical, such as when the book follows one law, but a broken part follows another. By thinking outside the box, a proficient student under a strong, guiding hand can  learn even the non-standard issues that arise.

Is technology good in the classroom? It can be a good supplement. But when it comes to teaching you about your aircraft in your hangar, the greatest value lies with the mentor at your location. Tips, insights, and advice, as well as sight, smell, hearing, and touch, are the most valuable aids in any learning experience. These are part of the human experience and wisdom that makes someone a quality aviation professional.

Living Up To Your POTENTIAL

The internet is full of videos of people who are disadvantaged, either physically or mentally. These individuals overcome insurmountable odds to accomplish simple daily tasks. Routine things like dressing, eating, and hygiene are chores with many twists and turns that can take hours to complete. Rising above their circumstance, the person with impaired abilities does jobs that some may consider miracles.

The desire to be more can be broken down into the three D’s: destination, desire, and determination.

Destination, or vision, is the first step in any journey to improving one’s situation. Setting small goals and increasing the length and value of each benchmark accomplished can help in fostering good habits. Oftentimes, looking back can be considered negative in the process of rising above a personal challenge. In order to move forward, it is important to look at the destination. However, it can be helpful to see where you were in relation to where you are now. It is good to relish and feel the reward of progress. Keep your feats reasonable to help keep your motivation high. A positive outlook on life is a catalyst for high spirits and enthusiasm.

Desire, or drive to accomplish a task, is a force that comes from within. It is easy to want something in life yet never get past the “thoughts” phase. A teacher can present all the methods needed to finish a job or duty, but without fostering the want to attain a goal, the student may never reach the destination. This adage rings true: “You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink – although, you can salt the oats.” Being content to do nothing and wallow in your troubles is not productive for yourself or those around you. Cultivating a hunger for life brings reasonable and obtainable desires into focus.

Determination is the key to all successes. As with any journey, there are trials and setbacks. Faltering in any endeavor is not failure; it is an opportunity for reflection, learning, and growth. A great example about accomplishing a task is right from the life of Thomas Edison. When asked about his lack of success concerning the light bulb, he said, “I have not failed. I‘ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” It takes perseverance to stay positive in adversity. Yet, it is also vital to be flexible when facing immovable obstacles, much like a boulder in a stream. There are two ways to deal with such barriers. One is to take the easy route and go around; the second is to keep beating on it, wearing it down piece by piece. Each have their issues. Pounding on the rock may take a long time, which you might not have. Going around will save time but could take you down a different path. Therefore, if you are forced to readjust your course, remember to reorient yourself to your desired destination.

When planning a destination, it would be wise to Educate yourself so that you can set the correct goals. Be part of a Community that shares the same vision; this will help you acquire the resources needed to meet benchmarks. Next, find a Mentor that will teach you ways to fine-tune the talents that you already have. Finally, create Partnerships with individuals and organizations to explore unknown opportunities and uncharted horizons.

Living up to your potential is knowing that you can do and be more than what you are today.