New Book, The Pilot -- Learning Leadership, Endorsed by eBay CEO John Donahoe, and Author Ken Blanchard

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Imagine what the world would be like if people did their job, ran their business, and orchestrated their relationships as if their life depended on it. This book gives you a view into that world, because it does exist. It’s the world of flying supersonic jets. Discover how everyone can take the very same principles used by jet pilots and apply them to their own business and life.

Colleen & Bill Hensley

Finally a book that pulls back the curtain and gives clear insight into how the most difficult challenges can be conquered by virtually anyone

The Pilot—Learning Leadership (Greenleaf Book Group Press, Feb. 2011) is a breakout, character driven business book by Bill and Colleen Hensley that breathes new life into the concepts of extreme performance, and truly effective leadership, while also redefining the often overlooked topic of followership. Bill and Colleen are both former Air Force supersonic jet pilots, and commercial airline pilots who draw upon their flying and business background to present a narrative that captures the excitement and intensity of jet pilot training. If Stephen Covey’s Principle Centered Leadership were flown through a 10,000-foot loop at 500 knots, it would have read like The Pilot—Learning Leadership.

For sixteen compelling chapters, the authors invite readers into one of the most rigorous experiences on earth: the world of Air Force supersonic jet pilot training. In the fictionalized narrative, instructors and student pilots alike proceed through the final six months of a fifty-two week program of training that tests every skill, nerve, character trait, and leadership quality imaginable.

The story is told with an expertise that only insiders can provide. Never before have pilots opened up the cockpit to readers as the Hensleys do. Never before have authors distilled business principles with the precision of experienced aviators. Never before has a female jet pilot co-authored a business book with such impact and universal acceptance.

In addition to the strong narrative, the authors deliver the perfect final touch: chapter debriefs. These provide in-depth analysis of what the characters are experiencing, as well as action plans for how the reader can immediately implement their newly learned skills. Every word of The Pilot was put through their exacting, former Air Force aviator’s crucible of precision and accountability.

eBay CEO John Donahoe says, "A 30,000-foot perspective on leadership and followership brought down to earth in the form of a riveting story. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve their leadership, followership, or ability to complete any task with flawless precision."

Best-selling author Ken Blanchard says, "I've never been a pilot, but I do know a few things about leadership. Bill and Colleen Hensley have written an exciting story that blends these two worlds. In this unique book you'll follow unforgettable characters through challenging situations, all the while learning important leadership concepts you will use throughout your work and life. Stimulating and significant. The Pilot is a great read."

The Pilot—Learning Leadership: Applying Supersonic Jet Flying Principles to Business and Life
By Bill and Colleen Hensley
Greenleaf Book Group Press
February 2011/$24.95/Hardcover/208 pages/ISBN 978-1-60832-075-2

Available in Barnes & Noble stores, major airport bookstores, and online retailers.

For more information, or to request a review copy, please go to

Authors are available for interviews, signings, and personal appearances (877-784-3745).

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