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Winning from Within - A Breakthrough Method for Leading, Living, and Lasting Change by Erica Ariel Fox

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CHAPTER 10

Presence: Let Your Captain Steer the Ship

No need to hurry. No need to sparkle.

No need to be anybody but oneself.

—VIRGINIA WOOLF

It was January 15, 2009, when Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger III was the pilot in command of an Airbus A320 heading from New York to North Carolina. Less than one minute after takeoff, the plane hit a large flock of birds and lost both engines. Within five minutes from takeoff, Captain Sully had safely landed the plane in the icy Hudson River. He saved the life of every person on board.

In the precious few minutes available, Captain Sully had to choose what to do under incredible pressure. Should he return to LaGuardia Airport, or try to land at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey? The captain spoke to ...

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