He's using it as a metaphor for business -- that is, we don't need more people who look at a prescribed map, follow procedure precisely, and guide you to a destination. In business, we need more people willing to shake things up and throw us off course, so to speak.
Generally speaking, I don't disagree. However, as an actual pilot, I'll say there are certain traits that you do want as part of your organization. There are two that leap to mind:
The learned skill of anticipation.
I've blogged before that it's necessary for a pilot to "be ahead of the airplane." The best pilots are thinking about what's happening two hours (at least) in front of the airplane, so as to avoid bad weather, stay out of traffic congestion, and generally maintain an efficient and directed flight so as to arrive at your intended destination. In my experience in business, not enough of us (me included) do enought thinking about what could be coming at us in two hours, two months, or two years. But we should.
The also learned skill of brief but entirely complete communication.
Most who listen to air traffic control hear what sounds like a foreign language. Some of it is -- there are acronyms and terms unique to aviation, as you might guess. But the rest is merely pure and simple brevity. Instead of:
"Portland approach control, this is United flight 220, we're 35 miles west of the airport, we're at 18,000 feet now but are descending to 15,000 feet, we're following the Pendleton five arrival pattern, and we have the "Charlie" information for the Portland airport."
you're going to hear:
"Portland approach, United 220 three-five west, one-eight thousand for one-five on the Pendleton five, information Charlie."
Oh, the times you've wished someone would just say what they're going to say and stop with the runaround.
The former is probably generally more applicable and relevant. The latter is more a nice-to-have, but still also relevant.
So while I agree with Seth, I would probably want to take any profession and pick through it a bit to find a skill or learning or two that I can apply to my own situation. There's very likely at least one.