Category Archives: Leadership Toolbox

Leadership Toolbox: the SWOT Analysis

By | February 23, 2018

[February 23, 2018]  Yesterday I ran across some of my notebooks from combat tours in Iraq.  As an army engineer, those were laced with a military analytical framework that helped us overcome the complexity of construction in a combat zone.  Based on the more well-known SWOT analysis, we planned, developed, built, and maintained more work than engineers had… Read More »

Leadership Toolbox: the Planning Cell

By | December 12, 2017

[December 12, 2017]  Good leadership means possessing a well-developed sense of planning ahead.  Not surprisingly it is also recognized in basic leader development that planning is the key to being prepared, good decision-making, and quality of life.  That is why the best leaders have a planning cell in their leadership toolbox. This “planning cell” – or whatever name… Read More »

Leadership Toolbox: Investigations

By | November 5, 2017

[November 5, 2017]  Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into a potential coordination between U.S. President Trump’s campaign and Russia.  The legal counsel’s look into possible wrong-doing is an example of a formal investigation and an item that all leaders should evaluate as part of their leadership toolbox. This formal investigation, largely open-ended and with considerable power to… Read More »

Leadership Toolbox: The Stand-down

By | September 20, 2017

[September 20, 2017]  Back in my early unmarried days, I had the opportunity to take a graduate-level course in Organizational Theory and Practice.  I sat in on one of the most intellectually useful academic courses of a lifetime because of the “professor” (a retired U.S. Marine and now a manufacturing CEO) taught us about useful leadership tools.  One… Read More »

Leadership Toolbox: Terms of Reference

By | December 20, 2016

[December 20, 2016]  Confusion, chaos, and frustration will result from simple miscommunications and, unsurprisingly, is a fundamental problem whenever humans are involved with one another.  At its most basic level, good leadership means establishing formal definitions in a leadership toolbox for selected concepts as a way to avoid potential misunderstandings; we call these terms of reference. Miscommunications will… Read More »

Leadership Toolbox: Targeted Indicators

By | June 11, 2016

[June 11, 2016]  After the December 7th, 1941 Japanese bombing of the U.S. base at Pearl Harbor Hawaii, several fact-finding commissions were formed to determine whether any targeted indicators were missed that would have forewarned of the impending attack.   This included intelligence on Japanese military, economic, and political activity that pointed to Pearl Harbor and the propensity of… Read More »