routes and enhance our airport
and our access to the rest of the
world.” Smart cities think ahead
in this way, he said, adding that
air access has become part of the
basic infrastructure needed to build
cities. Cisneros predicted that, in
the future, there will be increased
pressure for more air routes and for
airports that are sized properly for
the growing population. “Some of
you will have to become experts in
economic development,” he stated.
Cisneros cited as challenges
for aviation: the development of
secondary areas of the country as
hubs become dominant in larger
cities; the role of tertiary cities that
are losing service; safety issues;
the need for a system of airports
in certain heavily populated areas;
the integration of airports to other
technologies; the movement of
cargo; and the issue of funding
national infrastructure that
New York Times columnist Adam
Bryant, author of leadership and
innovation strategy books that
include Quick and Nimble, offered
delegates at AAAE’s Annual
Conference & Exposition in San
Antonio lessons learned from
Bryant listed the following “must
haves” for setting the foundation of
■ ■ A simple plan. A clear understanding of “where are we going,
and how we will get there” that
is measurable so progress can be
■ ■ Rules of the road. The values of
the organization that focus on the
two or three things that are the
■ ■ A little respect. Treating
employees badly creates “scar
tissue” in them.
■ ■ It’s about the team. Everyone
has a role to play, so to create a
team, hold people accountable for
everything they say they will do.
■ ■ Have adult conversations.
Don’t make assumptions about
someone’s motivation. Give
■ ■ The hazards of email. A person’s
tone can’t be read in email
and things can become lost in
translation. Discourage the use
of cc (copying in other people on
Bryant also listed five key
qualities that allow certain
individuals to become successful:
■ ■ Passionate curiosity. Always be
interested and be learning. Ask
the right questions.
■ ■ Battled-hardened confidence.
Develop a track record of facing
down adversity and succeeding.
■ ■ Team smarts. Know how to bring
people together on a project.
■ ■ A simple mindset. Have the
ability to take a complex concept
and boil it down.
■ ■ Fearlessness. See opportunity
and try new things.
Eduardo Angeles Named
To Head Airports Office
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta
announced that Eduardo Angeles
will be appointed in early July
to fill the position of associate
administrator for airports, the top
executive position in the agency’s
Office of Airports.
The position has been vacant
since the departure of Christa
Fornarotto in January. Ben De Leon,
deputy associate administrator Adam Bryant