I have long said that some of the best leadership lessons I have learned have come from outside of education. I frequently mention the leadership of retired Navy Submarine Captain L. David Marquet. His intent-based leadership that he highlighted in his best-selling book Turn the Ship Around is something that I frequently mention when asked about my leadership style. I have been fortunate to come across another book that has provided me with similar perspectives of finding leadership where you don’t always suspect it.
My guest today is Phillip Jett, and he is the author of the recently released book Stranded in the Sky: The Untold Story of the Pan Am Luxury Airliners Trapped on the Day of Infamy. I know it’s quite the title, but be honest right now, do you have a clue as to what this book will be about other than what you’ve heard on the title? I didn’t either. I have heard, read, and watched many stories and reflections on what happened on December 7, 1941. But never in this have I heard a story about Pan Am, and furthermore, never had I heard about luxury airliners.
I knew from reading a brief synopsis that on that at that moment when Pearl Harbor came under attack, unsuspecting people were thrust into roles where survival depended on leadership. I’ve learned a lot from this book, and I hope you will learn a lot from our guest today.
Philip Jett is a retired U.S. corporate and tax attorney who has represented multinational
corporations, CEOs, and celebrities from the music, television, and sports industries. He is the
author of The Death of an Heir: Adolph Coors III and the Murder That Rocked an American
Brewing Dynasty, which was named one of the best true crime stories of 2017 by The New York
Times. He followed that book with another true crime story titled Taking Mr. Exxon: The
Kidnapping of an Oil Giant’s President. His newest book, a work of historical nonfiction, is
called Stranded in the Sky: The Untold Story of Pan Am Luxury Airliners Trapped on the Day of
Infamy, and was released in May 2023. Philip Jett lives in Nashville, Tennessee.