|Merchant Newsletter - November 11, 2006|
Management Training: Business IS Combat!
Turning the principles into practice, we prepare for flight!
While this experience was a heck of a lot of fun, the combination of the information and doctrines in "Business is Combat", coupled with the real life experience of actually sitting in the cockpit, going up in the air and actually performing aerial combat maneuvers was incredibly educational and enlightening. Now, we can come back to earth, and apply these doctrines. One, from the book says :Don't use last year's missile on this year's MIG". Good advice. Expect new products from us for both handhelds and PC's in the coming months!
Upon returning from our Air Combat Experience, and after having "killed" each other repeatedly, we walked away with valuable knowledge, experience, and an appreciation for those who do this for a living.
sounds too good to be true, it is. What actually happens, is after
you sign up and become an "employee", checks magically appear in
your mailbox. They may even be Postal Money Orders. You start getting
dollar signs in your eyes, so to keep the money flowing, you deposit these
items, and after your bank issues a credit to your account, you feel safe,
so you march off to the nearest Western Union office to send off the
Weeks later, when you think you are getting wealthy, reality hits you like a tennis racket putting some topspin on your head. All the checks and money orders are beginning to bounce, even the Postal Money orders! What happened? Basically, when you signed up, the fraudsters started sending you forged checks from hacked accounts, checks that initially clear, but when the account holder sees them, they have it reversed. This technique gives the fraudsters more time to scam you. The Money orders were faked as well, as they know it takes weeks for them to be rejected and returned to your bank. The result, you are responsible for 100% of the FULL VALUE of the checks you deposited.
In order to "bring
home" these principles, we signed up with AirCombat
USA. Air Combat
USA is the largest, most recognized air combat school in the world. They
have been featured on hundreds of television shows including The
Apprentice and Good Morning America. The mission at Air
Combat USA is to provide an extraordinary fighter pilot experience. They
set the standard for program design and execution, offering a fighter
pilot experience second to none. Captain Mike Blackstone, founder and
president of Air Combat USA, developed and patented the tracking system
that verifies an air-to-air "kill" and equipped the aircraft
with onboard cameras to ensure that the entire experience is recorded on
digital videocassette for playback after the engagements. You
can see their videos of Air Combat Training here.
As in business, besides being exhausting, the lesson that you must always keep the target in focus- "Keep your Eyes on the Prize" Is brought painfully home in this real exercise. Taking your eyes off the target gets you a couple hundred rounds up your tailpipe. In business, losing focus on the goal due to day-to-day problems can be just as disastrous.
in the Air Combat were Dr Blaine Leckett, Ph.D., our CTO:
against Dr. Leckett, was Dennis Ideue, our CEO:
AirCombat USA has a rather impressive fleet consisting of there two types of aircraft, and can even accommodate large corporations who want to follow in our footsteps.
the air, everything takes on a different perspective. "Turning
and burning" in three dimensions, while trying to line up the target reticule
on an opponent who is just as determined to shoot you is a LOT different
than it looks like on TV...
In the air, everything takes on a different perspective. "Turning and burning" in three dimensions, while trying to line up the target reticule on an opponent who is just as determined to shoot you is a LOT different than it looks like on TV...
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