Flight School

In 2016 and early 2017, several company leaders attended a 3½ day training course, called Leadership Flight School.  Offered by Brubacher’s training partner, Bartell and Bartell, Ltd. in State College, PA, Leadership Flight School teaches leaders how to improve communication, inspire those they lead, and follow a process-based approach to solving problems. This benefits companies like Brubacher as leaders collaborate together, utilize the skills on their team, and encourage innovative thinking. The basis for this training was for participants to understand themselves first, then how they impact others around them in helpful and unhelpful ways. The first step was to complete a rigorous set of assessments.  Keith Brubacher, Brian Salvucci, Brad Cober, Allan Day and Jack Schearer have participated and are already working to apply what they learned.

Leadership Flight School Attendees and Feedback

Keith Brubacher

Keith Brubacher

President of Brubacher states, "We have been working with Bartell & Bartell for nearly ten years.  Initially, we worked with them exclusively for pre-hire assessments of management candidates. Since then, we have found value in their coaching and development services. Recognizing their alignment with our desired approach to leadership, coupled with my own desire to grow, I participated in Leadership Flight School (LFS) this past May. I found the principles to be very practical and wanted others at Brubacher to have the same opportunity to grow. Developing effective servant leaders that help live out our values is core to our future success. LFS reinforced my beliefs about leadership, increased my self-awareness and identified areas that limit my effectiveness where I need to improve.”

Keith noted several concepts that stood out to him:

"The role of a leader is to become the best friend of an employee's success, rather than focusing on becoming their best friend. A leader's role is to serve the success of others." One of the challenges often faced by new supervisors is knowing how to balance the boss/buddy relationship change with former peers. This statement is a good reminder that our primary job is to focus first on the success of those we serve.

"The future of leadership development is NOT consultant-based programs. Instead, it is for every team member to embark on a leadership development journey that is the responsibility of their direct supervisors who are themselves products of the same system that is facilitated by Human Resources." I believe this will guide the future of our development programs at Brubacher and fits with the educational models that younger members of our workforce are accustomed to. It recognizes the significant role supervisors have in building up the capacity of those around them.

"The proper fruit of hindsight is foresight." Many people look back at things they wish they had done differently, but it is only helpful if that leads to foresight that prevents the same thing from recurring.

Brian Salvucci Winter2017

Brian Salvucci

Brubacher Director of Operations, Brian Salvucci, has attended the Leadership Flight School and gained a personal overview of the conference. An area of focus was to view situations from other perspectives. Brian understands that everybody sees things differently based upon their previous experiences and lifestyle. A subject that stood out was a discussion on common sense. What one person thinks is common sense may not be so common to another based upon their past experiences. We should not jump to conclusions or assume others see things the way we do, but instead seek to understand their perspective.
Allan Day

Allan Day

Allan Day, Chief Estimator, shares with us, “While attending Leadership Flight School, the two concepts that were my biggest takeaways were Servant Leadership and focusing on Leading versus Managing.  We must have followers to become leaders; otherwise you’re just a manager.  It is important for leaders to serve their followers and become the best friends of their success.  Ultimately our success as leaders is directly affected by the success of our team members”.

Brad Cober

Brad Cober, General Superintendent of Brubacher, looked forward to attending the conference as he is already in a leadership role with an open mind to gain knowledge. Brad felt the conference went extremely well and he learned how to improve his leadership and desire to grow. He now analyzes how he handled situations in the past, and how he will handle situations differently today. One of his most memorable aspects of the conference was “Try to be a best friend to someone’s success” as a result of helping them succeed and supporting their accomplishments. In doing so, you are providing a better “you” for “them”. Brad agrees some people are not meant to be leaders; you cannot force someone to lead. He ends with "Leadership can only be learned, not taught".