I feel like I understand where he's coming from even though he had a job I won't EVER fully understand: An Instructor Pilot - F-15C, USAF Weapons School.

The virtual connection happened when I read what CUJO wrote early in his book: "I love teaching."

Naturally, I kept reading! Anyone I've met knows that the reason I am on the planet is to teach. (It's why I now teach at Air Command and Staff College, Air University!) So, off to the book review... (Here's the review @Amazon.)

Here's the standard info I always write:

  • AUTHOR: Robert "CUJO" Teschner
  • TITLE: Debrief to Win
  • Topic(s): Leadership & Operational Excellence
  • 2018/257 pages


Table of Contents...
A. Pre-Brief
1. What Is a Debrief?
2. Cultural Foundations
3. Process Requirements
4. A More In-Depth Look at a Fighter Pilot's Debrief
5. Preparing for a Winning Debrief
6. The "RAPTOR" Debrief
7. An Example and 2 Focused Case Studies
8. "Parting Shots"
Favorite Sentences:
Pg 46. "A debrief is the process of constructively evaluating the quality of the decisions everyone on the team made from planning through execution, in relation to the objectives the team set out to achieve."

Pg 65. "...teams have four elements - common commitment and purpose, performance goals, complementary skills, and mutual accountability."

Pg 129. Unless you follow a proven methodology that centers on the achievement of objectives and accounts for varied perspectives, the quality of the debrief is highly variable."

Pg 135. [re: Visualization] "You must be absolutely clear and specific in directing your subconscious to help you accomplish your goals."

Pg 250. "When do we debrief? ... we debrief every time we complete an event.


If you're one of the lucky few who's aware that change is coming AND willing to design a future that's better than the present, you MUST review this book. While I was reading this morning, I had this epiphany:

"The world I'm entering is different than the world I was trained in, the world I earned my degrees in. That was the past, and things are changing. So, I've got to do things differently."

As I read CUJO's book, I kept visualizing the words "Accountability" and "Accountable." Thinking about the classes I teach, podcasts I talk through, and articles I write, it's obvious to me that I focus on the people who are designed with improvement in mind.

If you want tomorrow to be better than today, then accelerate that process and implement the ideas you'll read in this book. Each chapter reads like a workbook in an "off-site" leadership meeting your company might put together. The good news is that you can open your notebook and go through the suggestions in the book.


Get a couple of copies (here) of this book and read it with some people you work with. I can guarantee you'll have some ah-has!