Cpt. Emil Dobrovolschi & Octavian Pantis – Dark Cockpit

What does the airline industry have in common with the business world? Communication. This key element can have disastrous consequences in our everyday lives, but more so when you’re a pilot. Octavian Pantis and Captain Emil Dobrovolschi, authors of Dark Cockpit: How to Communicate, Lead, and Be in Control at All Times Like an Airline Captain, wrote the book to showcase the parallels of how communication can affect our respective professional industries.  Pantis says the book is about leadership and being a better professional, regardless of what we do for a living.  In his capacity as a professional airline pilot, Captain Dobrovolschi is very familiar with the term “dark cockpit.” In layman’s terms, it refers to the concept of the cockpit being dark, with only environmental lights on. Basically, everything is going as it should. Right now, Pantis adds, people are feeling overwhelmed and facing many uncertainties making it “easy to see the ‘lights’ going on in our lives.” He emphasizes the importance of having leaders communicate effectively with their own teams to help alleviate the warning lights going off around them. That sense of constant communication is an important element to run their teams productively without additional distractions.