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Waldo Waldman

Waldo Waldman, MBA, CSP, CPAE

"The Wingman" - Hall of Fame Speaker, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Never Fly Solo, and he's a former combat decorated fighter pilot with over 65 real-world combat missions - and a former sales manager,

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Price range

  • $25,000 - $40,000
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  • Business
  • Inspirational
  • Motivation
  • Peak Performance
  • Sales
  • Teamwork/Teambuilding
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  • Military
  • Sales
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  • 18 Years
  • About

    Decorated Fighter Pilot. New York Times Bestselling Author. Hall of Fame Speaker.

    ·       You want a leadership expert who can call on life experiences to show the value of committing to excellence, adapting to change, and building collaborative, high performing teams.

    ·       Your audience needs an interactive, high-energy speaker who can bridge the gap between the highly competitive world of the fighter pilot and the challenges of business.

    ·       Real world sales experience, MBA, New York Times & Wall Street Journal best-selling author, member of the Speaker Hall of Fame.

    Known as “The Wingman,” Lt Col Waldo Waldman is a highly decorated combat fighter pilot with 65 missions in Iraq and Serbia.  A business consultant and executive coach, he helps organizations build collaborative cultures of trust, courage and commitment in highly competitive, rapidly changing business environments.

    In addition to his time in the military, Waldo has real world corporate sales and management experience and is an expert on change management, peak performance, and resilience – having broken through a lifelong fear of heights and overcoming claustrophobia as a fighter pilot.

    A key message in his inspirational “Never Fly Solo” signature keynote is that you can’t reach your highest potential alone. You need wingmen – trusted partners – to help you win when adversity strikes. His compelling stories and techniques on overcoming obstacles, performing under pressure, earning trust, and servant-based leadership are extremely relevant to diverse organizations who seek to create a “One Team, One Mission” performance-focused culture of trust and collaboration.

     “We Survive Solo but Win Together.” Waldo

    Waldo is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Never Fly Solo and an inductee into the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame, a prestigious award that has been bestowed on less than 190 speakers worldwide.  A graduate of the U.S Air Force Academy, he also holds an MBA with a focus on Organizational Behavior and is the founder of The Wingman Foundation whose mission is to build funds and awareness for veterans in need.

    He’s been featured on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Inc. Magazine, and The Harvard Business Review, and his global clients include American Express, Hewlett Packard, Verizon, GE, The Denver Broncos, New York Life, ExxonMobil, Merck, Johnson & Johnson and dozens of national associations.

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  • Program

    Keynote | Educational | Humorous | Inspirational | Motivational

    In his high energy and inspirational keynote, Waldo demonstrates how to build trusted relationships with your co-workers, partners and customers through passionate teamwork.

    Waldo focuses on three components on being a wingman in business and life:

    1. Relentless preparation 2. The courage to face our fears and still take action 3. Collaborative teamwork and trusting partnerships

    Audiences will learn to:

    –>Employ Loyal “Wingmen” to Promote Communication, Integrity, and Trust

    –>Create a “One Team, One Mission” Culture of Teamwork and Mutual Support

    –>Adapt to change by re-committing their Passion for Excellence

    –>”Chair-Fly” Sales Missions to Vastly Increase Revenues

    –>Transform Fear to Focus

    –>Lead with Courage, Compassion and Conviction

    Keynote | Audience Participation | Educational | Humorous | Inspirational | Motivational

    • How can you instill a climate of ownership in your organization so that every person feels like they are accountable and responsible for its success?
    • What tools can you employ to motivate the members of your organization to focus on the mission rather than themselves?
    • How can you help create an organization where change and innovation are not met with fear, but embraced with courage and respected as a tool to beat the competition?

    The key to building a high-powered organization that encourages innovative thinking, loyalty to the mission, effective communication, and a relentless commitment to excellence lies with its leadership. In this high energy, multimedia workshop, Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman highlights the difference between managing people, and leading them to be responsible, empowered and confident wingmen! What results is a more productive and efficient organization with superior morale that can rapidly overcome challenges in a competitive marketplace.

    Waldo discusses proven leadership principals based on his experience as a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, as a seasoned Air Force officer and combat decorated fighter pilot, and experienced businessman. Relentless self-discipline, passion for the mission, dedicated teamwork, and acommitment to excellenceare just a few key elements of this engaging and highly interactive seminar.

    Following this program, audiences will learn leadership tools based on four key concepts: 

    1. Shared Vision – Every wingman must know exactly what they are fighting for and where they are headed. Not only must they be committed to the mission, but they must also understand exactly how their unique role is essential to the organization’s success.
    2. Values Based Culture – Integrity, accountability, mutual respect, service, and teamwork serve as the foundation for all relationships between employees, partners, and clients.
    3. Effective Communication – Leaders listen aggressively
  • Review
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    “Waldo, your “One Team, One Mission” message, philosophy of trusting your wingmen, and becoming Mission Ready totally aligned with our teamwork goal. In all my years of attending sales meetings, you were simply one of the best!”

    Philips Medical Systems Tim K.
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    “Waldo has a great ability to translate his military experience into key sales and leadership principles that can apply to each of us. His story lines around teamwork, trust, preparation, focus, and execution really resonated with our organization. We’ll continue to ‘Push it up!’ here at HP!”

    HP Personal Systems Group Chris O.
Waldo has a great ability to translate his military experience into key sales and leadership principles that can apply to each of us. His story lines around teamwork, trust, preparation, focus, and execution really resonated with our organization. We’ll continue to ‘Push it up!’ here at HP!
HP Personal Systems Group Chris O.