Best Companies to Work For

[December 9, 2016]  Now is the time of year that the best companies to work for are ranked.  You can see the top 10, 25 or 100 companies and a variety of reputable firms are ranking them based on a number of classic criteria.  The focus is usually on surveys that ask employees how they… Read More »

Core Values: Wawa

[December 8, 2016]  Senior leaders are big believers in making their core values known to all.  And the closer those values are to the traditions in that society, the easier those core values will be accepted.  Wawa, like any organization that has had success over an extended period of time; and can be found with… Read More »

Pearl Harbor: December 7, 1941

[December 7, 2016]  There are many military analysts who claim that the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Empire on this day, December 7, 1941 could have been prevented, or the destruction reduced, and that it was a gross failure of the military and of the political administration of President Roosevelt.  There are also… Read More »

Hero: Paul Smith

[December 6, 2016]  The most widely accepted definition of hero refers to a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character. It also refers to a person who, in the opinion of others, has special achievements, abilities, or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model or ideal.  So it is with U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Paul… Read More »

Distinguishing Senior Leaders

[December 5, 2016]. Today I’m slow posting due to relocating from New York City to southern New Jersey. The nearest town center is about 4 miles away and the ocean beaches are nearby!  And I will be without Internet for a couple of days so all this typing is done on my iPhone 4. A… Read More »

Leaders Recognize that Symbols Can Be Powerful

[December 4, 2016]  A few days ago a small, rusting wrought-iron gate was found in rural Norway.  Any of us would not have given it even a passing thought.  But this gate bore the words “Arbeit Macht Frei” or “Work Sets You Free” and was the gate in which prisoners passed as they entered the… Read More »

Leadership and Following the Rules

[December 3, 2016]  We’ve all been there, sitting in the classroom with other students and being told by the teacher that following the rules is important to learning.  And so it is.  But following the rules in everyday life also applies to leaders and they must understand that when the decision is made to forgo… Read More »

Hampshire College President: Leader Failure [Updated]

[Updated] This afternoon we learned that the U.S. flag which had been ordered removed by Hampshire College president Jonathon Lash, has now been reinstated.  Lash called it a “learning experience” and that “this is what free speech looks like.”   He is right and it is also what leadership failure looks like. [December 2, 2016]  A… Read More »

Being Mocked as a Leader

[December 1, 2016]  Humor is a great American pastime.  And so it is with many other societies that have enjoyed the benefit of Democracy, wealth, and peace.  One form of humor is especially poetic and that is satire.  Satire can be used to mock leaders and is an effective tool to deliver a strong yet… Read More »

Leadership and Intelligence

[November 30, 2016]  Whenever people talk about important leadership traits, they never fail to mention intelligence as a key component in making leaders successful.  Just like honesty and courage, intelligence always finds a place as a crucial component of leadership.  Yet anyone who owns a dog and has had their dog around others know that… Read More »