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Connecting Top Managers: Developing Executive Teams for Business Success by Lisa Haneberg, Jim Taylor

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6. Getting Better Together

“None of us knows what tomorrow will bring. Each of us has the responsibility to prepare ourselves well.”1

—Captain Chesley Sullenberger

Airplane pilots require more training as they rise through their hierarchy to fly increasingly larger and more complex planes. They must refresh and upgrade their training every year, too. Recall the news story called the “Miracle on the Hudson” incident when Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger landed a large Airbus A320 in the Hudson River after sustaining engine damage due to a catastrophic collision with a flock of birds at 3200 feet. During the numerous television and newspaper interviews that followed the crash, Captain Sullenberger repeated that he felt prepared to do what ...

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