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Ace Pilot: Top Gun Fliers Make Top Business Leaders

By    |   Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 03:05 PM

Retired Navy Commander Bill Driscoll — an ace pilot who flew Phantom jets on daring combat missions over North Vietnam — says military veterans make excellent business leaders.

"The average military person is tremendously mission committed — they're very disciplined, they're team-oriented," Driscoll said Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"We have a large number of them coming back today [who] would make excellent teammates for any company because they understand already the importance of teamwork, the importance of getting it done."

Driscoll is author of the new book, "Peak Business Performance Under Pressure: A Navy Ace Shows How to Make Great Decisions in the Heat of Business Battles," written with Peter Joffre Nye and published by Allworth Press.

The former Top Gun instructor — who flew 170 combat missions, was involved in 5,200 jet dogfights, and was awarded the Navy Cross, two Silver Stars and a Purple Heart — launched a successful second career in commercial real estate.

As he spoke with ace pilots and senior executives from large corporations, he noticed their work ethics had surprising similarities.

Both are able to make tough, split-second decisions under pressure and well as command excellent management skills.

But, Driscoll added, there are some dramatic differences between manning a fighter jet and wheeling and dealing.

"If a business deal goes badly, you may lose some money," he said.

"With a dogfight, if it doesn't go the way you had planned or the way you had intended, you or your teammate may die."

Profits from the sale of Driscoll's book are being donated to the Semper Fi Fund.

"It's a fund that was set up by some Navy nurses up at Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton," Driscoll explained.

"These nurses saw our wounded troops coming back home badly injured. They saw their families coming out, really distraught, and they had no place to stay once they got there.

"They said we have to do something to help these families, so they started this program … It's open to all members of the military and their families who have been seriously wounded."

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