Ep. 61: Tim Davies - Decision-Making and Performance on Fighter Jets

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We have had many conversations here about successful risk-taking and effective decision-making. Now imagine having to make tough decisions within split seconds, when not only are the highest stakes possible on the line, but you are affected by the immense G forces that come with flying combat aircraft. What is involved in all that and what lessons can this provide to other areas?

Meet Tim Davies, my guest in episode 61. Tim is a fighter pilot, squadron leader for the Royal Air Force (RAF) here in the UK and a flying instructor. He is also a coach and runs a site called www.fastjetperformance.com. Tim brings a very interesting perspective and this is a conversation about loads more than flying airplanes. It’s actually quite wide-ranging. Nonetheless, Tim’s fascinating perspectives have been moulded in the moments of truth that only preparing for and flying combat aircraft can provide. That he applies these lenses to phenomena outside the cockpit makes him a very engaging guest for the All Things Risk podcast.

Tim and I discuss:

  • His background and how he got into flying aircraft;
  • Risk-taking and fighter pilots;
  • A typical day in a fighter pilot’s job;
  • Willpower and associative conditioning;
  • Decision-making, including making snap decisions;
  • Making mistakes, honesty and having an open culture in an organisation;
  • Mental and emotional states when flying aircraft;
  • Resilience;
  • Loads more!

Show notes:

Tim’s site – www.fastjetperformance.com

Tim on Twitter - https://twitter.com/fastjetperform

On Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fastjetperformance/?ref=bookmarks

On YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/MaestroDoggman/videos

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Books discussed:

The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday

The Hour Between Dog and Wolf by John Coates

Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink

Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed

Team of Teams by General Stanley McChrystal

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