Falcon 7X: “The benchmark for the 21st century business jet”

Photo credits: Dassault Falcon

At the top of its class, the Falcon 7X outperforms its competitors in range, efficiency, comfort, technology and design. The 7X is a heavy jet that delivers on all the promises it makes to both pilots and passengers.

Dassault’s Falcon 7X has revolutionized the business jet market with the industry’s first Digital Flight Control System, backed by
Dassault’s 30 years of military experience.
Transferred directly from Dassault’s fighter jets, this technology gives more precise handling and reduces workload, improving safety. It also mitigates the effects of turbulence for a smooth and quiet ride.

Photo Credits: Dassault Falcon

The Falcon 7X’s cabin is taller, wider and designed for an ideal travel experience with 28 windows, ambient lighting, three spacious
climate-controlled lounge areas, and technology that makes the
cabin quiet for work or rest.  The air inside the cabin is humidified and the cabin pressure at 41,000 feet feels like 3,950 feet. While all Falcon 7Xs come standard with a full galley and lavatory, some also come equipped with a second lavatory or an on-board shower,
ensuring passengers have everything they need for a pleasant flight and are ready and rested when they arrive at their destination.

According to Dassault, “the advanced cabin management system provides a full complement of entertainment and connectivity tools in an exceptionally user-friendly format. Work, relax, manage cabin features, track flight progress and communicate — and do it all using your own portable devices from anywhere in the cabin. FalconCabin HD+ also includes Skybox, the media server with vast iTunes video and music capacity.”

Photo credits: Dassault Falcon

This aircraft has a range of around 6,100 statute miles with 12
passengers on board and flies at an average speed of 548 mph. The Falcon 7X has a fuel consumption that is 15 to 30% lower than other heavy jets and is powered by three Pratt & Whitney engines,
delivering 6,400 pounds of thrust each. Most impressively, it can fly multiple short and long trips without refueling.

The highly intuitive cabin of the Falcon 7X is very spacious
measuring 39 feet in length, 7.6 feet in width, and offering over 6 feet of standing height. This aircraft will accommodate 10-12
passengers comfortably, as well as 2 crew members and a flight
attendant. The Falcon 7X also has a generous baggage compartment providing 131 cubic feet of storage space.

Photo Credits: Dassault Falcon

Other notable features of this jet include: the fly-by-wire system that gives pilots greater control by limiting the pitch of the aircraft, a completely new wing design and unique aerodynamics allowing it to take-off and land at slower speeds giving it access to thousands of small airports. With all of these state-of-the-art enhancements, it is easy to see why the Falcon 7X is a heavy jet favorite.

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Where Will Your Legacy Take You?

The Embraer Legacy 600 is a highly regarded heavy jet known for its superior cabin amenities and overall performance. The Legacy 600 has a class-leading, three-zone cabin configuration, a visibly larger lavatory and  plenty of baggage space for all passengers.

According to Embraer, “the aircraft was developed to cost effectively meet the air travel needs of corporations, successful entrepreneurs and heads of state. Designed using the highly successful ERJ 135 platform, the Legacy 600 combines cabin comfort, performance and operating efficiency.”

The Legacy 600 is fully equipped for business, but also designed with passenger comforts in mind. The three-zone cabin allows for work and relaxation to take place simultaneously without interfering with one another. The cabin measures at 6′ in height, 6′ 10″ in width and 49′ 9″ in length. Some of the technological amenities include: WiFi, power outlets, a multi-line phone system, two 17-inch flat screen TV monitors, DVD player, LED lighting, a Honeywell Ovation Select™ cabin management system, and a conference table area. The galley of the Legacy 600 is also quite impressive and often includes: a convection and microwave oven, a cutting board, electrical outlets, wine chiller, and refrigerator. With the largest, most spacious cabin, lavatory and baggage space (286 cubic feet) of most heavy jets, the Legacy 600 offers something for everyone.

As far as performance goes, the Legacy 600 does not disappoint. This jet has two Rolls Royce AE3007A1E high-bypass, turbofan, dual FADEC engines, allowing it a range of 3740 statue miles and a cruise speed of 528 mph, carrying up to 14 passengers. The engines are both fuel efficient and quiet, the best of both worlds. Some of the seats on this aircraft also lay flat for a pleasant sleeping experience, while 22 large windows provide a more spacious feel.

It is not just passengers who enjoy flying in the Legacy 600. Keeping with the theme of spaciousness, pilots love the large cockpit and Honeywell Primus 1000 avionics suite with the latest advancements in aviation technology. For a jet of its size, the Legacy 600 is also remarkably inexpensive to operate and compares in costs to smaller jets. Embraer commends the Legacy 600 for its “outstanding operational flexibility in: busy air spaces, terrain-challenged airports and poor weather conditions.”

All in all, Embraer has demonstrated a clear understanding of the needs of business travelers and has exceeded expectations in performance, cabin luxuries and pilot operations.

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Servant Leadership: The Key to Executive Assistant Influence

In this article, Author Jan Jones, discusses Servant Leadership, explaining the relevance for executive assistants and the parallel to emotional intelligence.

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FlyPrivate: In your book, you talked about Servant Leadership and explained the parallel to the role of the executive assistant. When you discussed this topic with us previously, many assistants had not heard about Servant Leadership, or understood how the concept could apply to executive assistants.

As Servant Leadership is more widely practiced by executives and business today, our readers are showing a growing interest in this concept. Would you help them to understand the specific relevance for executive assistants and how it will help them expand their influence at work?

Jan Jones: I’m constantly reminding assistants to take an interest in the ideas and practices that interest their executives. It keeps assistants in the know, and better able to relate to their executive’s way of thinking. It improves the EA’s understanding of how to work in partnership with their executive, because they understand the psychology behind how their executive is approaching certain issues. 

The concept of servant leadership parallels emotional intelligence in many ways, particularly with social awareness and empathy. Assistants will find servant leadership useful and interesting, because many assistants have a natural desire to be of service. Assistants help their executives and teams to perform to their highest capability, which is one of servant leadership’s foundational principles.

I recently heard my former boss, Tony Robbins, describe his success. He said “I love to serve. Do more for others than anyone else in the industry. When you do that year after year, decade after decade, you build a brand and millions of people come. That’s what happens when you add value. It’s always about adding value – how do I influence someone for a higher purpose?”

Servant-Leader and servant leadership are not new concepts. Robert Greenleaf coined the terms in an essay he wrote in 1970. He got the inspiration from reading Herman Hesse’s book, “Journey to the East.” 

In my book, “The CEO’s Secret Weapon” I told the story of Leo the servant in Hesse’s book. Hesse wrote “In addition to his menial chores, Leo sustained the group (of travelers) with his spirit.” When Leo left the group, they fell into disarray and the journey was abandoned because they could not make it without Leo.

This reminded me of the role an executive assistant plays in an organization. They perform some tasks that are mistakenly perceived as menial, yet “They hold together and sustain the multiple activities and personalities that keep an enterprise going.” This is precisely what executive assistants do in organizations all over the world.

I was introduced to Robert Greenleaf by management guru Dr. Ken Blanchard who is a respected friend of Tony Robbins. When I was writing my book, Dr. Blanchard invited me to his home and spent a full day guiding and advising me. This showed me firsthand who servant-leaders are. They live true to their principles. In my book I’m sure you noticed Dr. Blanchard’s relationship with his wonderful assistant, Dana Kyle, whom he likened to a “soul mate.” Reading his comments, you experience the servant-leader in action. They are leaders who listen closely to their teams, care about them on a personal level, care about their development and value their contributions. Which assistant wouldn’t want an executive like that?

Appreciation for the servant leadership concept didn’t come easily to an individualist like me. I struggled with the term because the words tend to imply the opposite of each other. People don’t want to be perceived as servants, particularly assistants whose role through the years has sometimes been spoken of in unflattering terms, analogous to servant. When I read about Leo in Herman Hesse’s book, I suddenly became clear about servant leadership and how true executive assistants have been examples of the concept for generations. It’s not about self-sacrifice, but about being of service. Helping people to accomplish their goals doesn’t diminish you. It strengthens your ability, elevates you and expands your influence.

In my book, Simon Sinek, author of “Start with Why”, said that a huge mistake executives make is “Treating their assistant as a
subordinate. What they don’t recognize is if you look after the
person and look after their growth as a human being, they will want to do everything in their power to keep you healthy, happy and productive.”

Does that sound like what an executive assistant does for their executive and their team? Like Tony Robbins, it’s about having the heart of someone who wants to be of service. That’s how in earlier generations assistants expressed the essence of the role. They were intensely loyal to the executive they served. They understood they served the larger organization, but their focus was centered on the executive whom they were hired to support. They looked out for them, and kept them protected from unnecessary distractions. They were the protector of their executive’s time, so these executives benefitted from that “white space” on their schedules that we hear so much about today. Quiet time to think and strategize, rather than being overwhelmed with doing. These assistants were tuned into their executives. They knew what they needed in order to be productive, and made sure they got it. This is how they were of service and in service to their executive’s objectives. And they were clear that in serving their executive, they were serving the executive’s direct reports, customers and the wider organization.

It is important for today’s assistants to understand the basic concepts of servant leadership because its influence is widespread. Companies such as Starbucks, Southwest Airlines, SAS, Marriott, Zappos, Nordstrom, FedEx have instituted servant leadership practices and offer servant-leader training. With the growing influence of servant leadership, EAs may find themselves working for an executive who is committed to being a servant-leader. It can be a radically different experience and one that takes getting used to, because you are asked to step up and be mindful of your better nature at all times. Embodying what it truly means to be a servant-leader is not easy, and cannot be trivialized as the latest buzzword. Servant leadership doesn’t happen overnight. It is a long-term transformation for people and organizations.

Assistants, let’s be clear. Servant leadership is not about subjugating yourself. It is about claiming yourself, living to your highest purpose while supporting others to do the same. Servant leadership is not a one-way street. The server is as valuable as those they are serving. If you are supporting a true servant-leader, they are also in service to you, helping you to perform at your optimum level.

Servant leadership is uniquely human. No AI, with all its digital efficiencies, data and metrics, will match the assurance and comfort a servant-leader brings to the workplace, allowing colleagues to perform at peak levels in a supportive environment. EAs should consider what developing servant-leader characteristics can do for their career prospects in a VUCA world.

Here are some characteristics of servant leadership as explained by the former CEO of Greenleaf’s organization, Larry Spears, and my take on the relevance for EAs.

Listening: Listening intently and receptively is vital to the growth of a servant-leader, and a crucial characteristic for an executive assistant. Former Popeyes’ CEO Cheryl Bachelder says “Listening well is the path to serving well.”

Healing: The potential for healing one’s self and others is a powerful force for transformation. Assistants routinely come across people who need help and encouragement. Find ways to be of service, without neglecting your core responsibilities, or becoming overwhelmed by other people’s issues. I knew an EA who volunteered for a suicide hotline. She had to stop because she became too depressed and it was seriously impacting her job as assistant to a senior VP. Empathy doesn’t mean taking on someone else’s problems.

Awareness: Not only situational awareness, but self-awareness. Because executives have high visibility, we are more aware of their lack of self-awareness than our own. I found myself demonstrating a lack of self-awareness recently. It brought home the value of vigilance, which keeps us from acting like a high school kid. Be aware of your impact on people.

Persuasion: Using persuasion rather than authority. Assistants should be used to this since many don’t have any direct or positional authority, yet they manage to get things done through collaboration, resourcefulness and treating others respectfully.

Foresight: Understanding the lessons of the past to look ahead and avoid problems in the future. Executives want assistants to develop their ability to anticipate. Being prepared gives you a big advantage in supporting your executive and independently spearheading projects. Your position in the executive suite gives you a bird’s-eye view advantage. Use that data strategically to plan your course of action.

How will you apply these characteristics to your role as executive assistant? Remember servant leadership is for people at all levels, not only for people with a “C” in their title (CEO, CFO). As a servant-leader, the assistant must understand their stewardship to their executive and to the organization of which they are a part. Servant leadership is not asking you to be submissive. You are being encouraged to build and be a part of something. Build something you value and care about.

As much as we speak about “partnerships” and “relationships” it must be remembered that the assistant has been hired to provide the support the executive needs in carrying out the company’s mandate. Your effort must be in service of this requirement. This is not limiting you. It is expanding you. A spirited, resourceful assistant can take the role in many directions if they are looking out for the best interests of their executives and the organization of which the assistant is an integral part. There is much that can be done by an assistant with bold vision and a sense of purpose who wants to take the lead. It is only limiting if “what’s best for me” is your predominant focus.

Ideally, the executive has already adopted the role of servant-leader, so together the executive and assistant are in service and support of each other. I’ve had the privilege of working with a servant-leader executive and I can tell you, you will gladly work your heart out for this person, because you know they have your back as much as you have theirs. You realize they truly see you as a human being, and not merely a high achieving, production machine whose mettle they will test to the point of breaking. When this happens, the executive and the assistant are successfully partnered to deliver superior performance. They are aligned and fully engaged, bringing their best to work every day in the true spirit of servant leadership.


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Lear 45: Eight is Enough

Learjet45

The Learjet 45’s cabin can accommodate 8 passengers and a flightcrew of two. Passengers love the 8 captains chairs that come standard on board. The additional legroom, galley storage, full width aft restroom, and wider than average seats offer passengers a comfortable and practical experience. This jet also offers work tables that fold down from the walls and a quiet, temperature controlled cabin, ideal for working from the air. The Learjet 45 has an external baggage compartment that provides 50 cubic feet of baggage space and another 15 cubic feet of internal storage. The Honeywell Primus 1000 avionics suite comes standard on the Learjet 45XR and includes a 3-D approach navigation system.

The Bombardier Learjet 45 was first introduced at the US National Business Aircraft Association’s annual convention in 1992, and the first consumer aircraft was delivered in 1998. The Learjet 45 was designed to replace the Learjet 35 and offers the classic Learjet layout with enhanced and improved design features. In 2004, the Learjet 45 evolved into the Learjet 45XR which offers an upgraded engine and improved climbing performance.

Learjet 45 Interior

The Learjet 45, and newer Learjet 45XR, are categorized within the light jet class, but offer many of the features and benefits found in midsize jets. When looking at performance, the Learjet 45 excels in both high and low speed handling, runway performance and fuel efficiency. On the interior, the Learjet 45 was designed to offer the most passenger space possible for a light jet.

When comparing the cruise performance, the Learjet 45 is top in its class. It can cruise at speeds of 489 mph and is able to fly 1,597 statute miles nonstop. This jet also offers the most advanced anti-ice system of any light or midsize jet, can complete a 1,000 statute mile trip in just over 2 hours, and the 904-gallon fuel system can be filled rapidly in about 10 minutes, offering very quick turnaround. The Learjet 45 really shines at cruise altitude and offers exceptional handling capabilities, as well as fuel economy. The Learjet 45 and Learjet 45XR are great options for anyone looking for a cost-effective light jet that offers superior performance.

Learjet 45XR

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Expect More from the Citation Encore

The Cessna Citation Encore is a very popular light jet, introduced as an upgrade to the beloved Citation Ultra. The Encore is known for its superior cabin comforts, lower operating costs and longer range than competing lights jets. Upgraded with Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535A engines, the Encore has an impressive range of 1600 statute miles.

The Citation Encore is able to operate out of shorter airfields, allowing it to takeoff and land in places typically suitable only for turboprops. The cabin measures at 4′ 9″ in height, 4′ 10″ in width and 17′ 2″ in length. The cabin offers amenities usually found in larger jets such as a full refreshment center and fully-enclosed lavatory. The Encore’s 43 cubic feet of external baggage space and 28 cubic feet in the interior, allow for passengers to travel with everything they need for business or pleasure.

The cabin amenities can also include XM satellite radio, Airshow entertainment system, DVD Player, individual flat panel entertainment systems, Bose noise-cancelling headphones, a satellite phone, a refreshment center and fully-enclosed lavatory.

As far as performance goes, the Citation Encore is equipped for faster climbs to altitude, resulting in a more comfortable ride. This jet flies at 495 mph at its maximum certified flight level of 45,000 feet, carrying up to 7 passengers comfortably.  To make the cabin feel larger, the Encore is set up in a center-club configuration with seamless wall panels, fully reclinable seats, indirect lights, and mirrors. For all of these reasons, the Encore is very popular for both business and personal jet charter.

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Experience the Smooth and Speedy Lear 60

The Bombardier Learjet 60 received FAA certification in 1993 as an improved version of the Learjet 55. The Learjet 60 has a longer
fuselage than the Learjet 55 and also contains more powerful
engines and several improvements that make it more aerodynamic than its predecessor. The Learjet 60  was designed with an all-new inboard wing cuff and wing-to-body fairing, and a new engine pylon to accommodate the new turbofan engines.

The Learjet 60 is renowned for its performance. At max weight, this jet can climb to 43,000 feet in less than 14 minutes. The Learjet 60 is also noted for its ability to climb quickly to high cruise levels at fast cruise speeds. It has a transcontinental range of 2,453 sm and once at cruise level, it can reach speeds of up to 502 mph. It is not only a very reliable jet, but it is also an economical option compared to other aircraft in the midsize jet class and more comparable to many light jets as far as fuel consumption.

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The cabin of the Learjet 60 is the largest in the Learjet family.
Typically able to hold 7-8 passengers, the cabin is very spacious with amenities like fold-out work tables, a radio phone, microwave, and coffee maker, amongst others. The Learjet 60 has an external
baggage compartment that provides 24 cubic feet of baggage space and another 24 cubic feet of internal storage.

Passengers love the Learjet 60 because it offers smoother flights, even when flying through turbulence. The nosewheel steering
system allow for better ground handling, and stronger wheel brakes help with landings and ground control.

Production of the Learjet 60 ended in 2007 when Bombardier
introduced the current Learjet 60XR model. It is an improved
version of the 60, offering more efficient use of the interior space. It is also the first to use PW305 turbofan engines instead of
General Electric engine models, helping it excel in performance
compared to its competitors. The 60XR also features many design improvements over previous Learjets including: a digital
steer-by-wire nosewheel, drag-reducing winglets, and a heated windshield, just to name a few.

Both the Learjet 60 and Learjet 60XR are great options for anyone looking for a cost-effective midsize jet that offers exceptional
performance.

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Q & A with Jan Jones: The Most Effective Leadership Traits for Executive Assistants

You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader.
Henry Ford

In this article, Author Jan Jones discusses the most effective leadership traits to enhance the credibility and status of the executive assistant.

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FlyPrivate: What are the most effective leadership traits to enhance the credibility and status of executive assistants?  

Jan Jones: Executive assistants today are constantly being told “Assistants are leaders.” However, those words are not synonymous. Some assistants embrace the “assistants are leaders” mantra unquestioningly, others are not quite sure that assistants are leaders, or if they themselves have what it takes to be a leader.

Is every assistant a leader? No. Does every assistant think and perform like a leader? No. Can leadership be practiced and learned? Certainly. Do all assistants have the potential to be leaders? Absolutely.  

Here are some hallmarks of renowned leaders. Since EAs serve as their executive’s deputy, the goal is to exhibit the same positive traits their leader executives do, even if it is on a smaller scale. Understanding and modeling these traits will benefit assistants throughout their career, whether they stay in the EA role, take on a different opportunity, or start a business. Your objective doesn’t have to be to set the entire world on fire. Making an impact within your sphere of influence may be enough. For assistants with their sights on broader horizons, developing these traits will take you a long way into a promising future.

Leaders are Visionaries. Leaders have foresight and vision. Envisioning the “big picture”, the possibility, the potential. Visionary leaders take steps to make their vision a reality. As an EA, what possibility and potential can you see – at the level of your routine tasks, or on a bigger scale – that will make a difference to your performance, and lift up the performance of your executive and team?

What about your vision for your own growth and development? How are you developing your prospects? What is your commitment to yourself to bring about your vision for your life? Think big and don’t hesitate to take even small steps in the direction of that vision. Proverbs 29.18 in the Bible says “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Don’t perish for lack of vision. Thrive and give yourself the life you deserve.

Leaders are Effective Communicators. Not only do leaders see the big picture, they are able to communicate it clearly. They get their point across and get others to buy in, because they share the Why of the vision. How are you communicating the vision of your organization? Understand that communication is also non-verbal so it’s not just what you say, it’s what you do, how you live, how you show up in your demeanor, in the work you produce. Your words have to mirror your actions, or your communication will be hollow and you’ll lose credibility.

In my book, “The CEO’s Secret Weapon” I say that the assistant is the executive’s “brand ambassador.”  To be a brand ambassador, you must communicate clearly, effectively and diplomatically. You must always be on-message. There can’t be any doubt that you know exactly what you are talking about. You are also a brand ambassador for yourself. Develop a credible air of authority in your aura. Leaders represent themselves as confident and capable. They inspire confidence in others. This is how you build your influence. EA trainer Adam Fidler encourages assistants to develop “executive presence.” This is precisely what that is – credibility, capability, confidence.

Leaders are Experts at Execution. Leaders know how to get tangible results. General Omar Bradley, who led the American forces on D-Day, said repeatedly “Amateurs talk about strategy. Professionals talk about logistics.” Remember this when you hear EA trainers constantly pushing the “Strategic Business Partner” narrative. There must be an effective plan for implementing strategy, otherwise strategy is dead in the water. When CEOs are fired for performance issues, it’s not because their strategy is flawed but because of poor execution of that strategy. Expert assistants understand what needs to be done, and they know how to get it done. Disciplined, focused and methodical, they follow through in executing objectives.

Leaders are Motivators. Leaders are able to motivate the team to get behind an idea. They inspire people to believe in themselves and their abilities. At one of my jobs, my boss would urge me to “light a fire” under our executives and teams, because I demonstrated a can-do spirit and a sense of certainty we could achieve our goals. He felt I was an exemplary ambassador for the vision he had for his company. Many executive assistants have access to high places. Pay attention to how executives at that level function so you can develop your stature and credibility. Make your enthusiasm for your job and your company a tangible aspiration for your colleagues to emulate.

Leaders are Passionate. Leaders are all-in with their mission. They know what they want to achieve and move confidently in that direction with high energy and determination. To be a superior EA, bring passion to your job. Love what you are doing and immerse yourself wholeheartedly in it.

Leaders are Focused. Leaders are seldom deterred or distracted from their goal, and if they are, they know how to quickly get back on track. Tony Robbins says “where focus goes, energy flows”. Keep your focus on your priorities and goals.

Leaders are Creative Thinkers and Problem Solvers. Leaders are solution-oriented and find ways to come up with the answers. They remain curious and interested. Leaders are not afraid to ask questions. They know how to troubleshoot and implement solutions by keeping the goal in mind. Leaders approach everything with a possibility mindset. Similarly, creative assistants always find ways to get better and do better.

Leaders take Responsibility. Response-ability: the ability to respond. To do that you must be alert. Assistants often complain they don’t have authority. It could be because they haven’t yet developed the ability to respond to what is necessary. Leaders step up and take charge when the need arises. They don’t hesitate to make themselves responsible for getting the job done and they accept the consequences of their decisions. This is one area where EAs need practice if they want to be considered a leader. Assistants like the idea of being a leader, but many don’t want to carry the burden of responsibility. Develop your response-ability. It shows you have courage, belief and trust in yourself. It will set you apart from others in a hurry.

Leaders are Courageous. Leaders know who they are. They have strength of character that can see them through daunting situations. They stand up for their beliefs and defend those who are in need of their protection. Leaders make difficult decisions and don’t back down from doing what’s right even if it’s unpopular. They are able to withstand the onslaught of unprovoked attacks on their credibility and reputation, and are fearless in the face of adversity. Courageous leaders are powerful influencers because their teams see they don’t hesitate to do what’s right. I’ve seen this first-hand in recent interactions with executive assistants. Courageous leaders stand up for what’s right in the face of mob rule and bullying. They hold themselves and others accountable. They don’t hesitate to call people out for their bad or cowardly behavior. Courageous leaders deal with conflict head-on because they know it builds their courage and problem-solving ability. They speak up even when it would be easier to just go along.

Leaders are Emotionally Intelligent. EI is about how you manage yourself and your relationships. Many EAs have excellent empathy skills, naturally sensing how others are feeling. They excel in the EA profession because they are adaptable. They can juggle numerous demands and adjust well to constant changes in priorities. Daniel Goleman says the ability to empathize and take an interest in others’ concerns is what helps us to get along with a diverse group of people. EAs certainly demonstrate this with the varied groups of executives and teams they support. Particularly strong in inter-personal skills, EAs should be careful not to get caught up in empathizing too much, always trying to please everyone, or trying to be liked. You can’t be in giving mode indefinitely without it taking a physical and emotional toll on you.   

Leaders are Intolerant of Mediocrity. Leaders don’t hesitate to challenge the status quo. As an EA, one of my biggest contributions to the companies I worked for was challenging status quo thinking. I didn’t hesitate to recommend or make changes that were necessary, and I always provided a rational explanation for why those changes needed to be made. Average ways of thinking and doing things that don’t propel you to next-level performance are a waste of time. Keep striving for excellence at all levels. Even incremental changes will help to set you apart from all the other assistants who perform the same tasks you do, but who can’t match the creativity and ingenuity you bring to those tasks to make you a game-changer. 

With leaders there is no one-size-fits-all. Leaders are diverse and multi-dimensional. They bring numerous talents to the table and are a constant source of inspiration to the world. No, you don’t need a title to be a leader and if you are confident about yourself and your ability, you won’t sweat over a title. To influence and lead you need self-belief, integrity, a sense of purpose, courage to take the lead, communicate effectively, accept responsibility and get things done. All these hallmarks of effective leaders take practice. Keep company with peers who are strong, capable and fearless. Develop stamina to keep moving forward. Executive assistants who develop these skills will expand their leadership capability and influence. Here’s to the leader within you!


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You’ll Love the Citation Excel!

The Cessna Citation Excel was first introduced to the world in 1997. The Citation Excel was modeled around the airframe of larger, super midsize jet the Citation X. The Citation Excel wings were modeled from the Citation Ultras and the fuselage is basically the same as the Citation VII, which the Excel has since replaced.

The Citation Excel (also referred to as the Citation XL, Citation XLS, or Citation XLS+) was designed for travelers looking for the space, range and comforts of a midsize jet with the cost, takeoff, and
landing capabilities of a light jet. The Excel can reach full altitude in only 18 minutes and can take off from shorter runways than any other midsize jet. The pilot-friendly design of the cockpit on the
Citation Excel allows for an easy preflight check and the Honeywell Primus 1000 avionics system allows pilots to have all the
information they need on only three display screens.

The interior of the Citation Excel can comfortably fit up to
8 passengers with several different cabin configurations. The cabin is over 18 feet long with enough height to stand up in, over a half of a foot taller than other jets in the midsize class. The interior also has sliding headrests, fold-out tables, a refreshment center, and is
quieter than competing jets. The Citation Excel has a generous
baggage compartment providing 80 cubic feet of external storage and another internal closet to hold a few smaller items.

The Citation Excel truly is a favorite amongst private fliers. There are more flights flown on a Citation Excel than any other model of aircraft. Cessna has since developed updated models of the Excel, the Citation XLS and XLS+, with newer avionics and engine
computers. The Excel is so popular because it offers the range,
comfort, and baggage capacity of a midsize jet while operating more like a light jet with it’s runway capabilities and value for the money.

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10 Most Popular Private Jets

There are over 3 million trips flown in the US on private aircraft each year. These 10 models are flown most often.

  1. Citation Excel, XLS, XLS+
  2. Phenom 300
  3. Hawker 1000900XP, 900, 850, 800XP
  4. Citation V, Ultra, Encore
  5. Challenger 300, Challenger 350
  6. Citation Sovereign
  7. Gulfstream IV, IVSP, G450
  8. Challenger 604, Challenger 605
  9. Hawker 400XP
  10. Citation Jet 3, Citation Jet 4

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Redefine Luxury in a Gulfstream 450

The Gulfstream 450 is a long-range heavy jet and is considered one of the best in its class. According to Gulfstream, “Functionality is a mainstay of the Gulfstream G450. This is an aircraft that offers more payload, more cabin configurations and has a cockpit equipped with advanced guidance systems, some of which aren’t even available outside the Gulfstream fleet.”

The G450 can travel non-stop over 5,005 statute miles at a cruise speed of 562 mph, making it ideal for trans-continental trips, as well as cross-country flights. With a full galley containing a conventional oven, microwave oven, sink, cooled storage, china dinnerware and stemware, full meal service can easily be arranged. This jet offers a fully enclosed lavatory with closets for additional storage. There is also 169 cubic feet of ample baggage space that is accessible while in-flight.

The Gulfstream G450 sets the standard for luxury, reliability and performance. The heavy jet can seat up to 16 people at max capacity in the large stand-up cabin and berth up to six. The cabin is ideal for conducting business with its advanced soundproofing technologies that cuts outside noise significantly. To combat fatigue and contribute to passenger comfort, fresh air is circulated around the cabin every two minutes. The 12 oval windows allow for more natural light in the cabin making for a more enjoyable ride.

The spacious interior of the Gulfstream G450 is 1525 cubic feet, with a cabin height of 6′ 2″, width of 7′ 3″ and length of 45′ 1″. Many G450s come standard with other cabin technologies including: a seven-channel Honeywell satellite communications system, CD/DVD player, Wi-Fi network, printer, fax machine, LCD TV screens, cabin audio system, electrical outlets, and tables to conduct work.

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The impressive range and speed of the Gulfstream G450 is due largely to the new wing design that helps cut down on drag and help with fuel capacity and consumption. The technological capabilities in the cockpit are also quite impressive. Gulfstream boasts that “the most advanced technology comes standard issue in the Gulfstream G450 PlaneView cockpit. Four multifunction 14-inch liquid crystal display units provide layers of data such as interactive navigation, electronic approach charts, and satellite and radar weather images. Colorful graphics paired with well-organized, streamlined data
improve pilots’ situational awareness and their ability to respond to changing conditions.” Equipped with an Enhanced Vision System (EVS) and Head-Up Display (HUD), pilots can easily monitor their surroundings even in low visibility conditions.

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