From Wall Street Journal Best
Selling Author Carey Lohrenz
Span of Control |Book | Carey Lohrenz | WSJ Bestselling Author | Forbes Author
June 1st, 2021
What do you do
when life gets
out of control?
What to do when you’re
under pressure,
overwhelmed, and
ready to get what you really want
What to do when you’re under pressure, overwhelmed, and ready to get what you really want

We live in an age of overwhelming chaos—and it’s taking a toll on all of us. Every day, there’s more to do and less time to do it in. We all make to-do lists in the morning and are lucky if we have three items crossed off by 5:00 p.m. We struggle to keep up with overflowing inboxes or persistent things to do. We’re getting pulled in a million directions by work, social, and family obligations, and it’s all set to the chimes of our iPhones and the drone of upsetting news reports of events taking place thousands of miles from where we sit.

At our core, we know we’ve lost control. We’ve lost our grip on what we really want and who we really want to be.

As the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy as well as a mom, wife, business consultant, Wall Street Journal best selling author, and speaker to audiences across the globe, Carey Lohrenz knows that the stress here on land can be just as intense as the stress 40,000 feet up in the air. But she’s got a secret weapon most people don’t: years of training to overcome the specific natures of stress, chaos, burnout, anxiety, and pressure:

Span of Control

You might be familiar with the usage of the term in the corporate world: your span of control is the number of direct reports you can effectively manage at one time. But in the Navy, the idea is a lot broader and a lot bigger. Your span of control is determined by the things you can and should control at any given time and reminds you what to focus on right in the moment, knowing that any other stuff is uncontrollable and shouldn’t take up precious mental space. For Carey, recognizing her span of control kept her focused on what mattered and became a primary tool in taming the distractions and pressures of flying demanding, high-pressure missions.

In order to solve this problem of chaos, and make our goals, dreams, commitments happen, we have to understand that to succeed when the pressure is on we’ve got to know what we can and cannot control.

In Span of Control you’ll learn how to:

  • Move away from our knee-jerk desire to do and control everything.
  • Identify and overcome stress, anxiety and burnout.
  • Befriend and learn from your pain and failures.
  • Discover your biggest, scariest, most exciting goal and how to effectively tackle it.
  • Go beyond what you ever thought was possible for your life.
  • Manage competing demands and feel encouraged to live your own version of success.
  • Navigate fear, discover focus, and implement useful prioritization tools.

Span of Control is a high-octane dose of encouragement and practicality. With the help of eye-opening science, gripping personal stories, insightful interviews, prescriptive advice, and helpful worksheets, tools, and exercises, anyone can find something transformative in these pages and will be empowered to create positive change in their own lives and the world around them.

Meet Carey Lohrenz

Author. Speaker. Aviator.

Carey Lohrenz is a dynamic communicator with an incredible story. As the first female F-14 Tomcat pilot, she was a pioneer in military aviation. Having flown missions worldwide as a combat, mission-ready United States Navy pilot, Carey Lohrenz is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results.

Carey is uniquely qualified in the fundamentals of winning under pressure, reducing errors and overcoming obstacles. Her mastery of these fundamentals can help your team triumph in this high-risk, time crunched world. Her experience in the all-male environment of fighter aviation and her ability to pass on the lessons learned in her career allow her to deliver insight and guidance from a credible platform.

As a high content Keynote Speaker, who is both motivational and inspirational, Carey Lohrenz inspires Fearless Leadership and increased team performance. Carey has been requested by name from some of the top Fortune 100 businesses. Her ability to connect with both an audience and on a one-on-one level, coupled with her knowledge and experience in leading high-performing, diverse teams, has made her highly sought after as a business consultant and leadership speaker.

Carey Lohrenz is the author of Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons from the Flight Deck. She resides in Excelsior, MN and is currently working on her Masters in Business Administration in Strategic Leadership.