Leadership Breakfast of Maryland

Doors Open at 7:00 AM
Session: 7:30 AM to 8:45 AM. 
Feel free to stay and discuss the session until 9:30 AM.

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February 6, 2015

Leadership Lessons from the Cockpit

Have you ever flown an airplane or imagined doing so?
You may not realize it, but there are similarities between managing in the cockpit and leading in business.

In both cases it's critical to clarify where you're going, how to get there and be ready to handle turbulence along the way!

Success or failure in the cockpit can literally mean the difference between life and death.

The stakes can be just as high for leaders working within complex and demanding business environments.

As a seasoned pilot, entrepreneur and business leader, Randy has learned many lessons in the cockpit that lead to effective business leadership.

In this interactive facilitated talk, participants will engage in activities to help them explore new ways to lead their followers to simplify, clarify and strengthen their business operations.

Takeaways from the Session

  • The Leader's "Pre-flight Checklist" improves the probability of success
  • Good Leaders review "weather maps" when planning and before "take off"
  • Great Leaders anticipate "turbulent air" and have "alternative flight paths" layed out
  • What do you do on a solo flight when the back door appears to be open?

About Our Facilitator:

Randy Taussig


Randy Taussig is an entrepreneur and has served on executive teams, managing sales and operations for privately held organizations ranging from $5M - $150M. His passion is helping business leaders reach their BIG business goals. 

Randy’s entrepreneurial roots go back to 1860 when his great-great grandfather started two bakeries in Washington, D.C. which eventually grew into a $150 million molasses and sugar refining business (Sucrest Corporation) that produced some well-known products like Grandmas Molasses®, a staple for many bakers and a brand still available on the market today.

Randy joined the family business after graduating from the University of Delaware, working first in finance and then in marketing, sales and operations after earning his M.B.A. He continued to work at the company for over 10 years, helping grow the business both organically and through acquisition, which eventually led to its sale to a larger food conglomerate.

Later, he ran the marketing and sales for a $40M pharmaceutical packaging business, led the marketing and operations for a national trade association and built two consulting practices.

As founder of BlueCore Leadership, he now helps entrepreneurs simplify, clarify and achieve their vision.

Randy is also a private pilot who is passionate about flying, with over 1,500 flight hours accumulated both personally and for business.

Contact Information

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The Conference Center at the Offices of Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy, and Ecker, P.A.

12505 Park Potomac Avenue
6th Floor
Potomac, MD 20854
(I270 & Montrose Road)
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Our Gracious Host/Sponsor: Shulman Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A.

Resolutionary Thinking

Focusing on solutions. Thinking creatively and tenaciously about outcomes. About what’s in your best interests. Getting matters resolved, so you can get on with what matters to you. That’s resolutionary thinking. And that’s made Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A., one of the largest, most respected law firms in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

In 1972, Shulman Rogers was founded on a commitment to client service. Today, the firm’s roster of highly skilled attorneys and other dedicated staff members are all guided by that same commitment. A client-first approach. A smart, efficient practice. A relentless focus on problem solving. And an underlying compassion—for our clients and our community. It all adds up to resolutionary thinking. The kind of thinking you can count on from the people of Shulman Rogers.