Waldo Waldman

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

About Keynote Speaker Waldo Waldman

Lt. Col. (ret.) Rob ‘Waldo’ Waldman – The Wingman – is a professional leadership speaker and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Never Fly Solo. He teaches organizations how to build trusting, revenue producing relationships with their employees, partners, and customers while sharing his experiences as a combat decorated F-16 fighter pilot and businessman.

Waldo overcame massive claustrophobia and a fear of heights to become a highly experienced fighter pilot with over sixty-five combat missions in Iraq and Serbia.

Speech Topics


The Power of Partnership in Healthcare
Flying solo in healthcare? You might think so. But take a good look around. You have support staff. You have colleagues, managers and suppliers. And you have family members and significant others. In healthcare and in life, one cannot achieve balance or success without the trust and mutual support of his or her “wingmen”- those trusted and reliable partners who passionately support the team and help you overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and achieve success during adverse times.

As a healthcare professional, you cannot successfully treat a patient alone. You must work as a team with physicians, nurses, technicians, suppliers and even family members to achieve excellence. Through courage, mutual support, disciplined preparation, and a constant focus on service, you can achieve performance excellence that’s results in optimal patient care. By placing your trust in your wingmen, there is no mission you can’t complete.

Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman, The Wingman, overcame a lifelong battle with claustrophobia and a fear of heights to become a combat decorated Air Force fighter pilot and highly successful businessman, entrepreneur, and New York Times bestselling author. His motto is Winners Never Fly Solo! Through his captivating personal stories and high energy videos, learn how you, like a fighter pilot, can succeed in highly competitive and demanding environments.

Discover how to prepare diligently for every mission; employ loyal wingmen to promote integrity and trust; and lead your team with courage, compassion and conviction. Be inspired to take to the skies knowing that you have wingmen to help you face challenges and change with confidence while maximizing your potential in all aspects of your life.

Waldo’s clients include Duke University Hospital, Medtronic, Baptist Health Hospitals, Abbott, The Emergency Nurses Association, Methodist Health Systems of Dallas, Johnson & Johnson, The National Association of Healthcare Access Management, Premier, Inc. and Philips Medical Systems.


– Commitment to Excellence: The true test of character occurs when the missiles of adversity and change are launched (i.e. budget cuts, workforce reductions, personal stress/challenges, etc.). In healthcare as in combat, you must be 100% committed to giving your best everyday because other’s lives and wellbeing are at stake. You must “push up” your throttle to full power and resist the temptation to ease up and become complacent when challenges arise.

– Mission Preparation: Patient Safety, Employee Satisfaction, and Quality Processes do not happen overnight. One must consistently prepare and train with discipline. The best way to do this is to stay up to date on the latest technology, rehearse contingencies, and then formulate a plan of action to respond to them. Most importantly, when a wingman in your formation has an emergency, you must also remember to prepare to lead. You do this by encouraging, supporting, and “lifting up” your wingmen who are dealing with stress and adversity.

– Ask for Help: No fighter pilot flies solo and nobody in your organization should ever feel like they are. Creating an environment of accountability and mutual support where co-workers feel comfortable coming to each other for help is critical to dealing with the rapidly changing environment of healthcare. Each wingman must trust each other to accomplish their specific missions and also have the courage to give mission critical feedback when necessary. Nurses, Physicians, Administrators, Foodservice, IT, Executive Management and Finance all must work together to accomplish the mission and serve the patient. It’s also important not to forget about one’s families and loved ones. They too are wingmen for success.

– Service before Self: At the end of the day, family members, patients, and employees in your organization are all dealing with their own personal fears and challenges. It’s important to remember to treat each other as people first and connect on a human level. You can accomplish this by lending your wings in service to those in need and also by focusing on what gives meaning to your mission. To truly break performance barriers, you must know deep down why you go to work every day.

Push it up!

An engaging motivational keynote speaker, Waldo’s high energy, customized, multi-media motivational keynotes are a perfect way to kick-off or close your annual sales meeting, partner conference, or association convention.

Audiences connect with Waldo not only because of his extensive business background, but also because he truly speaks from the heart and has an infectious passion for helping people. The missiles of our economy are effecting us more than ever. The key is not to get shot down!

Waldo puts you in the cockpit of a high performance jet and shows how you can overcome fear, adapt to change, build trusting relationships with your wingmen, and take action that leads to results in business and life. Top Gun Leadership
The key to building a high powered organization that encourages innovative thinking, loyalty to the mission, and a relentless commitment to excellence lies with its leadership. In this high energy workshop, I highlight 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.

As trusting and reliable wingmen, an organization that leads to win has four distinct characteristics:

– Shared Vision
Each and every wingman in the organization knows exactly what they are fighting for. They are committed to the mission, and understand exactly how their unique role in the organization is essential to its success.

– Values Based Culture
Integrity, accountability, mutual respect, and teamwork serve as the foundation for all relationships internally with co-workers, and externally with partners and clients.

– Effective Communication
Leaders listen aggressively and communicate their vision with passion. They promote open communication and connect with the heart and soul of their wingmen.

– Train to Win Mindset
Successful leaders command flawless preparation, not flawless execution! They encourage their wingmen to expand their capabilities, and consistently reward high performers who take calculated risks and ‘push the envelope’ in order to grow.

Proud to Be Your Wingman!

Waldo’s keynote demonstrates how fighter pilots and businesspersons can achieve success and win in highly competitive environments through three powerful steps: disciplined training, dedicated teamwork, and passionate leadership. When you combine these elements with an attitude and corporate culture that embraces unwavering trust, then your personal and organizational effectiveness will sky-rocket!

The key to building a culture of trust lies with your wingmen – those trusted and reliable partners in your life who help you to adapt to change, overcome obstacles, and achieve success. In business and life, you should never fly solo! The solution to winning when the heat is on lies in the ability of every wingman in your organization, regardless of their role, to give 110% and support the team!

The Power of Trust

Amidst our constant struggle to adapt to increasing time constraints, limited budgets, and a relentlessly changing economy, we often forget to maintain a focus on what truly drives any successful business transaction – relationships. Today, managing these personal and professional relationships is often the most challenging part of our every day life.

The key to building and sustaining these relationships is to develop them based on mutual trust. Connecting with people on a human and emotional level, and developing a reputation as a trusted resource is one of the most important traits you can have in business. When you combine trusting relationships with a product or service that truly provides value, you win in business…and life!

After participating in this session, you will be able to:

– Gain new business leads and referrals by promoting yourself as a trusted ‘wingman’ amongst your business associates and peers.
– Implement unique tools and techniques to build value and trust when you network.
– Identify and improve weak areas in your relationship building agenda that is holding back your ability to grow your business, and take positive steps to improve them.
– Build ‘relationship currency’ with your personal network that can be cashed in when you need it the most!

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