aboutjvEver meet someone who has captured his every wish… his every dream? The gentleman pictured here is one of those people. “JV” came across his dream when he was just 4 years old. Through many years, setbacks and challenges, he never lost sight of it – and in many ways, he owes much more than what he’s accomplished to that dream. His life, family and livelihood were challenged by a battle with cancer in 1996. Through his faith, an unstoppable attitude, and with that beacon of a dream on the horizon, he went on to beat the disease and capture the dream of his lifetime. JV is a graduate of the USAF’s Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun), and has flown fighter aircraft all over the world.

He has led individuals, teams and organizations as large as eleven hundred people at the highest ends of performance and risk in peacetime, and in combat. Most notably was his time as the commander and demonstration leader of the USAF Thunderbirds. He is a powerful speaker who can help you bring out the best in your organization, your family, and in you. He lives with his beautiful wife and two sons in Northern Virginia.


Author, Breaking the Trust Barrier

breaking_the_trast_barrierThis readable, dynamic manuscript breaks the mold of every leadership book on the market in its approach to leading organizations, teams, families, and even the friends around you. It lays bare the nerve endings of team dynamics, then reveals how to fire them up for everyone’s benefit through the forceful effects of Drafting. The book demonstrates and embeds in its readers a repeatable, step-by-step process that will further the momentum of any team by generating closure between the people around you. You discover a systematic approach to building momentum by closing the gaps within an organization, and can adapt the approach to fit virtually any situation.

Breaking the Trust Barrier reaches out to a  wide audience, from sales managers to chief operating officers, from orthopedic surgeons to college graduates stepping into their first leadership role. You might pick up this book to learn a tip or two about leadership. You will also get methods and enduring stories that resonate in practically every moment of your day-to-day life.

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Reader reviews (Almost ALL 5 Star!)

“Building High Performing Teams Through Selfless Leadership Commitment”

“Of the hundreds of leadership books I have read and referenced over the years, this book stands out as exceptional, if not exemplary. The thread that runs through John Venable’s work is humility and a commitment to help others…”
– Bruce Wright, LtGen, USAF (Retired)

“The most enjoyable book on leadership I have ever read.”

“JV Venable’s new book dives into the lessons he learned as an Air Force officer – both good and bad – and how they helped shape the leadership style that he would implement over his amazing career. His unique perspective of practical, yet powerful, ways to develop a high performance team grabbed me from page 1 and I devoured the book in a single setting…”

“Thunderbird Leader brings his leadership acumen to everyday leaders”

“When your life depends upon tightly knit teamwork and superb leadership, you learn it well. JV Venable has lived this experience as a leader of the Thunderbirds. He brings to life the leadership lessons from his extraordinary career. Not many people can speak to leadership from his vantage point. A great read for anyone who wants to understand the relationship between loyalty, commitment and trust to develop high performing teams.”
– Julie L. Thompson

“A Great Read For Leaders”

“I just finished reading an advance copy of JV’s new book “Breaking the Trust Barrier”. Within 24 hours I facilitated a Team Building Event for a very diverse group of 75 employees in my MRO program in Saudi Arabia. Last night I completely rewrote the theme and used Commitment, Loyalty, and Trust as the basis for my exercise for a very broken team…”
– Richard “Pappy” Lander (CMSgt Ret USAF)