Rene Banglesdorf
René Banglesdorf mingled with students at a reception prior to her speaking event

Crushing mediocrity: The sure way to become a world changer

Jasmine Grillmeier
December 10, 2015

The CEO of the first aircraft broker and dealer to be certified as woman-owned shared her secrets to success with an audience of Ohio University students and faculty during a presentation in celebration of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Nov. 18.  The seminar was sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, TechGROWTH Ohio, OHIO Women in Business and ohiowomen.

René Banglesdorf’s company, Charlie Bravo Aviation, was certified as woman-owned in 2009, thus qualifying for federal, state and corporate contracts that give preference to such enterprises. Banglesdorf is a leading advocate for women in business aviation and an active member of the Women President’s Organization, International Aviation Women’s Association, the National Business Aviation Association and the National Air Transportation Association's President’s Council.

In her presentation, Banglesdorf shared six life principles to live by in order to crush mediocrity:

1. Be excellent.

“Attention to detail and willingness to be excellent in the little things build a great foundation.”

2. Do the work.

“Do your best work in menial tasks and outside of your comfort zone,“ she said, adding, “I’m no longer afraid to take risks; what I’m afraid of today is being mediocre.”

3. Solve problems.

“You must be a problem solver, not a problem identifier.”

4. Share successes.

“It’s important to share your successes with loved ones.”

5. Be a servant leader.

“A servant leader listens, includes, inspires and builds trust.”

6. Know your purpose.

“You shouldn’t try to find a job doing what you love,” Banglesdorf said. “You should try to find a job that enables you to do you really drives you.”

In a closing question and answer session, Banglesdorf was asked, “How should a women navigate in a male dominated field?” She responded, “You’ve got to work harder, read more books, learn more and look good doing it.”