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Mandy Hickson

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Latest 26 Nov 2022 | Updated Daily

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301 Just Like You with Mandy Hickson

Focus on WHY

Joining the Royal Air Force back in 1994 and becoming the second woman to ever fly the Tornado GR4 on the front line operating in hostile environments, Mandy Hickson had no idea that three words spoken by a young cadet would serve as the foundation for her overriding purpose in her second career. Now serving as Aviation Ambassador for the Department for Transport, Mandy is also in high demand as a keynote speaker across a range of business and education sectors. Sharing her inspirational journey to become a pioneering female fighter pilot with humour and passion, the three words that led Mandy to create purposeful impact were ‘just like you’. KEY TAKEAWAY “Three words. ‘Just like you.’ That's when I'd been about to go into the airlines and I thought, ‘just like you’, I don't need to do that. I can do something that can be way more impactful and that became my overriding purpose.” BOOK RECOMMENDATION* An Officer Not a Gentleman by Mandy Hickson - https://amzn.to/3SkHelI ABOUT MANDY Mandy Hickson has over 30 years’ experience within aviation. She joined the Royal Air Force in 1994 and flew the Tornado GR4 on the front line, where she operated in hostile environments including patrolling the 'No Fly' zone over Iraq. Since leaving the RAF she retrained as a facilitator and coach in human performance factors. Drawing on her experience of calculated risk-taking, decision-making under pressure and the critical role of the human in the system, she transfers vivid lessons from the cockpit to other management and leadership contexts. CONNECT WITH MANDY https://linktr.ee/mandyhickson https://www.mandyhickson.com/ https://www.instagram.com/mandyhicksonspeaker/ ABOUT THE HOST - AMY ROWLINSON Amy is a Life Purpose Coach, Podcast Strategist, Top 1% Global Podcaster, Speaker, Mastermind Host and Property Investor. Through 1:1 and group coaching, Amy works with individuals and businesses to improve productivity, engagement and fulfilment, to banish overwhelm, underwhelm and frustration and to welcome clarity, achievement and purpose. WORK WITH AMY Amy inspires and empowers entrepreneurial clients to discover the life they dream of by assisting them to make it their reality through their own action taking. Helping them to focus on their WHY with clarity uniting their passion and purpose with a plan to create the life they truly desire. If you would like Amy to help you to launch your podcast or to focus on your WHY then please book a free 20 min call via www.calendly.com/amyrowlinson/enquirycall KEEP IN TOUCH WITH AMY Sign up for the weekly Friday Focus - https://www.amyrowlinson.com/subscribe-to-weekly-newsletter CONNECT WITH AMY https://linktr.ee/AmyRowlinson HOSTED BY: Amy Rowlinson DISCLAIMER The views, thoughts and opinions expressed in this podcast belong solely to the host and guest speakers. Please conduct your own due diligence.  *As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


27 Sep 2022

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Just Like You: What makes RAF Tornado pilot Mandy Hickson fly

The Grit Factor

Just Like You: Mandy Hickson was one of the first women to fly the Tornado in the Royal Air Force, and flew combat missions over Iraq and Afghanistan. I talk to her about what motivated her as an ambassador today, what she worked through in her time in the RAF, the power and challenge of teams, and what she thought of the new Top Gun! And we laugh a lot. Hope you enjoy!


29 Jun 2022

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Making Decisions at 1,452Mph with Mandy Hickson

The Leader Connect podcast

Mandy Hickson was the second woman ever to fly a Tornado GR4, with three combat tours of Iraq under her belt, she knows how to make decisions and how to make them quickly. Mandy was lucky in that she always knew that she wanted to fly, and her life had a clear and compelling purpose from early on, however it wasn’t easy. She’s suffered from imposter syndrome, but now believes that it can be a big motivator. She’s leant in and out of her flying career to looking after her family and understands what it means to evolve and change as life ebbs and flows.In this podcast you’ll get guidance on decision making, building trust very quickly with your team, communicating clearly ( although perhaps not at 30,000 ft), getting grips with career changes and …….some deep appreciate of ‘Top Gun’


27 Apr 2022

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Becoming a fighter jet pilot - Mandy Hickson talks about being the 2nd woman in the RAF to fly fighter jets

The Confidence Fighter

The most inspiring conversation with Mandy who shares her grit and determination to get accepted into the RAF.  She talks about what it feels like to fly a jet, to have an enemy missile locked on to her plane over Iraq, and how she coped in the male dominated world of the RAF. 


13 Mar 2022

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Ep 33: Mandy Hickson - Fast Jet Pilot


Mandy Hickson is a former Royal Air Force fast jet pilot and lived through part of the RAF’s journey to becoming more inclusive. In this episode, Mandy speaks to InsideAIR about her experiences as a Tornado pilot on a frontline Squadron. InsideAIR is produced for the Royal Air Force by RAF Media Reserves. Theme music by RAF Music Services.


8 Mar 2022

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Mandy Hickson – Failure fuelling change

Doing the Opposite: Business Disruptors

In this episode of Doing the Opposite: Business Disruptors, Jeff Dewing speaks to Royal Air Force pilot Mandy Hickson. Mandy was the first female fast jet pilot in a Tornado squadron. She’s amassed over thirty years experience in aviation, completing three tours of duty and 45 missions over Iraq during that time. In this episode Mandy describes how failing at a critical point in her career empowered her to change the system of recruitment in the Royal Air Force. She reflects on how her hand was forced into choosing a career path with no chance of promotion after the birth of her children and discusses the changing attitude to work / life balance in the workplace. Mandy also shares what she’s most grateful for in her life and career, and her key mantra for success. Hosted by Jeff Dewing Discover Cloudfm Group Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  LinkedIn


24 Jan 2022

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#25 Fast Jet Pilot Mandy Hickson #2 on Imposter Syndrome and Working with Fear

The Mann on a Mission Podcast

This is round #2 with former fast jet pilot Mandy Hickson. Again an amazing story and a deeper dive into the mindset needed to operate under the extreme pressures of 'Top Gun' flying. In this conversation we talk about Mandy's experience of imposter syndrome while public speaking and how to work with and  overcome fear in moments of pressure. We also discuss the mental framework of elite performers to be able to recover from mistakes and get back on task and much more... Mandy's website LinkedIn

1hr 26mins

6 Aug 2021

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090: Mandy Hickson on jet fighter pilot performance

Supporting Champions

Mandy Hickson on jet fighter pilot performance This week I spoke to Mandy Hickson. Mandy is a fighter pilot, having joined the Royal Air Force in 1994 and flew the Tornado GR4 on the front line, where she operated in hostile environments, including patrolling the ‘No Fly’ zone over Iraq. I was fascinated to discuss with Mandy about the physical and mental challenges of training to become a top fighter pilot. I was particularly interested how pilot’s like Mandy improve, what are the stages of progression to go from small craft, to faster and more manoeuvrable craft, and then to train in such a way that you’re ready to operate and perform in a combat zone, where the stakes are as high as they get. The conversation is so rich with insight, where Mandy unpacks a number of situations, scenarios and seriously pressured circumstances with powerful detail and shares a number of useful frameworks that helped her to manage the fears and doubts but then rise to the top. She shares her insights with a combination of breeziness, fun, care and a level of wisdom that comes from profound experience. Oh and there’s another detail that’s pretty obvious but in many ways is irrelevant and relevant as you’ll hear in this discussion. She’s a woman who got to the top in a male dominated field. And while that might not matter to some, as a role model to other people aspiring to do something against the odds, she’s an inspiration. Notes Types of jets and craft Mandy has flown in the RAF Training takes time  Grey out, G-Force and the G-suits required to be worn and the pressure of G-Force Situational awareness and the bigger picture Notice, understand and think ahead - NUTA Getting your head out of the detail Debriefing and best practice Everyone hates feedback but give me a BOOST - balanced, observed, objective, specific and timely DODAR Diagnose share with the team, what do you think?, options - what would you do?, option generation leading to the decision by the leader, Assign task and review (or give me a reason not to)  Being a female fighter pilot Making better quality decisions and creating a solutions based culture, the ‘Just Culture’ Links Follow Mandy https://twitter.com/MandyHickson https://hicksonltd.com/ Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve Supporting Champions on; Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions

1hr 2mins

16 Jun 2021

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Fighter Pilot - Mandy Hickson

Gwen Gets To Work

What is....an Officer but not a Gentleman????? It is...Mandy Hickson! Mandy dreamt of being a fast jet pilot when she was just 13. She went on to lead an entirely male dominated Front Line Tornado Squadron, flying a multi-million pound jet in hostile territory for the Air Force.In this week's episode Gwen has the immense privilege of talking to Mandy one-on-one about her incredible journey to become one of the UK’s first female, fast-jet pilots.You can read about how Mandy overcame obstacles and developed the skills needed to succeed in a demanding and unusual career in her fascinating book, An Officer Not A Gentleman. Find out more about what she does now - helping businesses and inspiring leaders - on her website.Every week in the Gwen Gets To Work podcast, Gwen finds out about what a different adults does all day at work. Visit our website for past episodes and videos: https://gwengetstowork.com/Help us out! Gwen is fundraising for some better equipment so that she can get out and about and interview adults like Elaine at their places of work, once it is safe to do so. Here is her Go Fund Me link.An Enigma Records Production: https://enigmarecords.co.uk/Gwen Gets To Work uses Buzzprout and we think it is a really user-friendly platform for new and seasoned podcasters. Use Buzzsprout to launch your podcast!Support the show (https://www.gofundme.com/f/gwen-gets-to-work/)


26 Apr 2021

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RFT 493: Fighter Pilot/Author Mandy Hickson

Ready For Takeoff - Turn Your Aviation Passion Into A Career

Mandy was the only female pilot on her Front-Line Tornado Squadron, flying multimillion-pound fast jets for the Royal Air Force. She has operated in hostile environments, including patrolling the ‘No Fly’ zone over Iraq. Drawing on her experience of calculated risk-taking, decision-making under pressure and the critical role of the human in the system, she transfers vivid lessons from the cockpit to other management and leadership contexts. Mandy is a highly demanded keynote speaker and has been invited to share her insights with some of the most successful organisations across the world where she describes the Strategies, Tactics & Behaviours that she adopted when the stakes were at their highest. She talks with humour and great passion to inspire those around her. Author of best-selling book An Officer, not a Gentleman an inspirational journey of a pioneering female fighter pilot. You can also buy her book from her website.


22 Apr 2021