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March 26, 2015
How you prepare, train and lead makes all the difference when you are confronted with a challenge. While many know about Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger's heroic actions on January 15, 2009, few have an understanding of the depth of Sully’s preparation, as lives depended on his training every day. From his early career as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, to his ongoing work in commercial aviation as a pilot and safety trainer, Sully’s life-long pursuit of learning and investing in himself shows the importance of education and preparedness, and illustrates that true leaders must always lead by example. Straightforward and humble, Sully’s story shows the positive outcomes of having a daily devotion to duty. Sully will challenge and inspire teams to establish a foundation of passion for their work, build trust in each other, and commit to always reaching for the highest standards.
Effective leadership is needed in good times, yet is extremely difficult and all the more critical in times of challenge. How are the experiences of leading a team during a life-and-death crisis different from those of rallying an organization slipping into a slow, inexorable decline? Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger's dramatic and heroic safe landing of a US Airways jetliner on the icy Hudson River also marked the beginning of a personal quest. After years of leadership within the airline industry, he sought to use his own experiences and compare them with those of other distinguished Americans to answer that very question in his book, Making a Difference: Stories of Vision and Courage from America’s Leaders. Travelling the country, Sully interviewed leaders from fields as diverse as technology, education, sports, economics, finance, medicine and the military. Exploring the keen insights he gained, Sully discusses what makes it possible for individuals to find the strength, skills and direction to lead others through crises—inspiring audiences to not only survive a crisis, but to thrive in the face of challenges.
Aviation and medicine are both high-stakes professions with little margin for error. While aircraft accidents produce mass casualties that capture our attention, medical accidents occur one by one at a rate of nearly 200,000 per year, a mortality rate that would shut down the airline industry. Drawing from his 43-year career as a pilot and safety expert, Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger discusses how the lessons learned by the aviation industry can be applied to improving the safety, quality and cost of health care. As uncertainty looms with new health care regulations being put into place over the next decade that likely will link reimbursements to quality of care and outcomes, Sullenberger successfully demonstrates the importance of effective leadership, the necessity of understanding the science of safety and the vital need for all health care institutions to build a robust culture of safety that improves outcomes and saves lives.
Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger has flown thousands of routine flights over the course of his accomplished career. One flight, in January 2009, catapulted this extraordinarily well-trained, prepared and modest professional into one of the most admired people of our time. In this up-close-and-personal format, Sullenberger takes questions from the audience on what happened during the "Miracle on the Hudson," the lessons from his life that prepared him to handle this unprecedented crisis, and his reflections on the current state of the American airline industry. Sullenberger inspires audiences to find their passion in life, prepare for anything, and learn to rely on their teams as he did on January 15, 2009.
A true American hero whose expertise and actions saved the lives of his passengers and countless souls on the ground, Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger shares his inspirational story while showing how preparation, leadership and focus are the keys to overcoming any obstacle—both in business and in life.
Named one of the world’s 100 most influential people by TIME magazine, Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger is an international hero, propelled into the spotlight after safely guiding a US Airways jetliner to an emergency landing on the icy Hudson River. A consummate leader, Sully shares timeless management principles—including his credo of “leadership by personal example”—and the lessons from his life that prepared him to handle the unprecedented crisis presented by the “Miracle on the Hudson.” A 40-year accomplished pilot, instructor and aviation safety expert with over 20,000 flight hours, he discusses with audiences how education, teamwork, preparation and creating a culture of safety can improve any organization. A focused, unflappable and deliberate leader, Sully’s sound decision-making ability and strong personal commitment to improving an industry have helped him to emerge as a model by which others measure success. As founder of Safety Reliability Methods, a consulting company dedicated to management, safety and performance, Sully also serves as Aviation and Safety Expert for CBS and is a contributor to CBS News. In collaboration with DuPont Sustainable Solutions, Sully developed and was featured in a multi-award winning video training program, Miracle on the Hudson: Prepare for Safety, which helps employees increase their commitment to safety and transform their organizations’ safety culture. He is the author of two books—The New York Times best-selling book Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters (2009) and Making a Difference: Stories of Vision and Courage from America’s Leaders (May, 2012) in which Sully embarked on a personal quest to meet with distinguished Americans from diverse fields with varied styles of leadership but who all embody the credo of “leadership by example.”