Leadership Q&A…

A new feature in this edition of The Journey is Leadership Q&A, where we ask Tom, Doug, Matt, and Kevin to offer their insights and perspective on some employee-provided questions. If you have a question for the owners (or other members of the leadership team), you can submit them on the form at the bottom of this page. We hope you enjoy!

“Question for the owners—are you reading any good books right now…?”

Brian Cantrell
Aviation Group Senior Program Manager

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Kevin Connolly

I recently started reading “The Vision Driven Leader” by Michael Hyatt. The book was recommended to me as a part of my continual professional and leadership development. Over the course of the book, Hyatt poses ten simple questions that are intended to help the reader work through the process of crafting a clear, inspiring, and practical vision for a business and, ultimately, improve the skills of the leader. As the company continues to grow and evolve, were are going to take on new challenges, initiatives, and projects. For us to be successful, we’ll need to have a clear vision of what success looks like so I’m hoping this book will aid in addressing those challenges.

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Doug Emond

I am reading The Wager—In 1740, His Majesty’s Ship The Wager set sail across the Atlantic. Its covert mission was to intercept a Spanish treasure ship off the Chilean coast. The sailors endured hardships as they rounded Cape Horn, where the strongest currents in the world pounded the ship so hard even veterans reeled.

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Matt Kasberg

I am currently reading “Wings of Fire Darkness of Dragons” by Tui T. Sutherland. This is Leighton‘s (my 9 year old daughter) favorite book series and over a recent vacation she told me that Gemini’s (June birthday) connect most closely with a Sand Wing named Qibli. That’s all I needed to pick up the 10th book in the series to figure out what all this Wings of Fire talk is around my house 🙂

Prior to Wings of Fire, I was reading The Miami Indians of Indiana: A Persistent People, 1654-1994 by Stewart Rafert. This was interesting to me because I have a family heritage that ties back to the tribe and this book explores the history and culture of the Miami Indian tribe.

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Tom Portlock

I just started reading “1776” by David McCullough. I’ve been on a US History kick of late and recently finished re-reading a couple of historical novels by William Martin, Citizen Washington and “The Lincoln Letter”, both excellent reads. Martin just posted a quote from E.L. Doctorow, one of his favorite novelists, “The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.” I guess that’s what draws me to historical fiction…

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