Waldo is a retired Lt Col who overcame massive claustrophobia and a fear of heights to become a decorated fighter pilot with 65 combat missions and 2,650 flight hours. He’s deployed worldwide and led combat missions in Iraq, SE Asia, and Kosovo during Operation Allied Force.
Today, Waldo is a keynote speaker, leadership expert, and the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Never Fly Solo®. He teaches tactics on how to build trusting, revenue producing relationships with employees, partners, and customers while sharing his experiences as a decorated fighter pilot and sales expert. His leadership & real-world business experience provides him the insights and skillset to consult with the largest, most diverse companies in the world.
A graduate of the Air Force Academy, Waldo holds an MBA with a focus on Organizational Behavior and is a former top producing sales manager. He successfully led national sales efforts for several cutting edge technology and consulting firms before becoming a motivational speaker and leadership expert.
Waldo's signature keynote on teamwork, courage, and preparation to break performance barriers and win in business and life.
Flying solo? You might think so. But take a good look around. You have support staff, managers, and suppliers. And you have colleagues, consultants, and significant others.
By building trust in your partners, you can overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and achieve success. When you have wingmen, there is no mission you can't complete!
Through captivating stories, business lessons, and real-world video, Waldo will take your team on an unforgettable journey of high performance and excellence in extremely competitive and demanding environments. Be inspired to take to the skies knowing that you have Wingmen to help you face challenges and change with courage while maximizing potential in all aspects of life.
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 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 principles 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:
High energy and interactive program on building a collaborative culture of trust, accountability, mutual supports, and 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 and Air Force Academy graduate, decorated fighter pilot, and seasoned businessman.
The program will: