With a background as an electrical engineer, Rodney Winebrenner who is co-owner and President of Control Solutions, Inc. in Fowler, Indiana, likes to spend time flying single engine aircraft. With a pilot’s license to operate such aircraft, Rodney Winebrenner attributes his ability to multitask complex systems as a skill that is useful to be both a successful business owner and a pilot.
To be agile in business and in the air as a pilot of your own aircraft, Rodney Winebrenner says you can learn skills that are transferable to be a successful entrepreneur:
Problem Solving – Things don’t always go as planned in the cockpit; the same applies to running a business. Learning when slight changes or sometimes drastic changes are necessary to get back on track, whether that be for your flight plan or your quarterly business plan, is a skill that comes with experience.
Training – Before you are able to become any type of pilot, you need to make sure you have the skills necessary to know what you are doing in any situation possible in the air. Rodney Winebrenner knows the same applies to running a business. An educational background is a great start, but continuing to train and specialize in your area of expertise will keep you sharp.
Perception and Logic – Both of these skills added in with some determination make a strong skill set to be able to fly and focus on critical information at the same time. Rodney Winebrenner believes that being able to process and take in multiple situations quickly is crucial to flying an airplane. The same goes for running a business, the ability to quickly perceive and troubleshoot the things that aren’t going right for a company can make it or break it.