Admiral Mike Manazir: What are the three leadership lessons you learned from “Top Gun”?

A former “Top Gun” fighter pilot, Retired Admiral Mike Manazir’s distinguished U.S. Navy career spanned 36 years and included multiple commands: VF-31 ‘Tomcatters’ F-14D squadron, USS Sacramento, USS Nimitz, and Carrier Strike Group Eight in the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. He completed 15 overseas deployments, and flew more than 3,750 fighter hours with 1,240 arrested landings on multiple aircraft carriers. His five tours at the Pentagon culminated in his role as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Warfighting Systems. His new and best-selling, “Learn How to Lead to Win,” features 33 powerful stories and leadership lessons based on real life events in the chaotic and risky business of operating off the decks of U.S. aircraft carriers. At its core, the book reflects Manazir’s selfless passion for developing people.

In episode 350 of the Fraternity Foodie Podcast, we find out why Mike decided to go to school at the US Naval Academy, what the popular “Top Gun” movie franchise get right and what does it get wrong, how he got the call sign “Nasty”, when his father finally said he was proud of him, how he survived when he planted a $75-million jet into the Pacific Ocean, how he helped to land a crippled jet with the navigator hanging out of the blown canopy, how he was able to steer a nuclear aircraft carrier into a horrific monsoon in the Indian Ocean while the flight deck is awash and flooded, why mentorship is so critical, and what it’s like to work for Boeing today. Enjoy!