Looking back on his flight training, Zahid Rathore recalls his instructor signing off on every step of the process before he earned his pilot’s license. A flight student must be well-equipped physically, technically, and mentally before being allowed to take to the skies on a solo flight. This requires careful consideration, focus, and anticipation of what’s ahead, not just what is happening in the moment. These lessons from flight school mirror what Zahid practices in his Healthlink Advisors career, helping clients lead in healthcare delivery while considering the bleeding edge of technology adoption and the complex landscape of regulations.
Zahid completed his first solo flight from D.C. to Pennsylvania — a feeling he describes as both terrifying and exhilarating. It demanded precision while simultaneously paying attention to all the systems, controls, air traffic control, and exterior conditions in order to navigate successfully and land safely. He says the satisfaction and confidence he built from that experience was unbelievable, and all he had to do was take it one step at a time like he learned in his training.
Through his flight training, Zahid has been able to apply aviation principles and tactics to the world of consulting. He believes that making strategic decisions grounded in fundamental understanding of the possible challenges lead to successful project outcomes. Working alongside his clients, he’s able to navigate to an end goal, anticipate and steer through any surprises that may come up, and maintain strong communication with the people around him.
Like his first flight, launching a new client project at Healthlink Advisors requires balancing many moving parts, incorporating several perspectives on how best to achieve the end goal, and staying focused on the course to approach a smooth landing. Zahid finds it’s the fundamentals that drive the process and, in the end, through focus, communication, and staying ahead of the course, a smooth landing is usually in store.