Robert “Cujo” Teschner, A Fighter Pilot's Mission Toward Absolute Ownership (#224)
Today's episode and the guest that I'm so excited for everyone to get to know is a gift, to say the least. Robert “Cujo” Teschner presented to my tech group in July, and he made a phenomenal presentation that really made a mark on all of us. I'm so happy to have him on the show because you are all in for a treat.
Mr. Robert “Cujo” Teschner is a retired F-15 / F-22 fighter pilot. He is also a former F-15 Weapons School Instructor (the US Air Force “Top Gun” school), F-22 Fighter Squadron Commander, senior Joint Staff officer and combat veteran. He holds advanced degrees in Operational Art and Science and National Security Strategy, and has extensive experience in operational and tactical planning, as well as organizational leadership.
From 2004 through mid-2006 he served as the US Air Force’s expert in post-mission debriefing, the methodology used by high-performing military teams to self-correct and improve continuously. He retired immediately after pinning-on full Colonel due to complications from colon cancer-related care and started a leadership and teamwork training company based in St. Louis, MO called VMax Group. VMax Group is constantly bringing high-performance capabilities to the business space to help organizations build and develop real teams. VMax Group’s purpose is to “Teach and inspire real teamwork so that teams can thrive in disruption and keep America’s economy strong."
Mr. Teschner is a multiple award-winning fighter aviator and leader, an award-winning writer and author of the national bestselling book, “Debrief to Win”. He is simultaneously working on two new books on leadership, the first of which is titled “An American Fighter Pilot: Lessons Learned Beyond Mach-1” and is slated for release in the Spring of 2022.
Get a copy of Debrief to Win https://www.amazon.com/Debrief-Win-Americas-Accountable-Leadership/dp/1732929815/
[4:13 ] How'd it happen for Robert “Cujo” Teschner?
[11:35 ] The story about Cujo's tribal ritual
[13:11 ] His attitude when he learned about his tumor
[17:45 ] How is Cujo's now in terms of health?
[19:57 ] On how he introduces himself
[26:29 ] On constantly pursuing excellence
[31:05 ] Cujo's thoughts on meritocracy
[39:41 ] The difference between F15 and F22 planes
[45:00 ] Diving deeper in Cujo's book: Debrief To Win
[50:55 ] On the topic of accountability
[56:37 ] "As good as we are, we could be better."
[1:03:18 ] Outro
Check the accompanying blog post of this episode at: https://mikemalatesta.com/podcast/Robert-Cujo-Teschner-A-Fighter-Pilots-Mission-Toward-Absolute-Ownership-224/
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