Dave’s biggest challenge as a Naval Officer didn’t come in the cockpit of his F-14, the fighter jet made famous by the movie Top Gun, but rather as a leader of people. It was under the pressures of combat where he grasped how the right words at the right time inspire and not merely motivate people.  He thought it would be easier in the private sector, he couldn’t have been more wrong!  Without the urgency of combat, he found it difficult to get his team to do more than go through the paces.  He had to figure out how to recreate the culture of accountability he experienced in the military, where lives depended upon it.  An engineer by education, Dave has trained in martial arts since the age of 13 and holds black belts in two different disciplines.  He has been the President of four companies and in senior management of two others.  In his 30+ years in leadership, he combined the systematic approach of an engineer with the disciplined learned from his martial arts to develop his Locked On Leadership system.    Today, Dave share’s these secrets with companies and organizations around the world, guiding them to transform their teams into radically-accountable, high-performance forces that behave as if lives depend on it.  He is the author of Locked On Leadership: The Tactical Business Guide to Creating a Culture of Consistency, Courage, and Caring as well as the co-host of the internationally popular podcast, Disarming Persuasion.