Category Archives: Information

Duck Dynasty

By | February 11, 2014

[February 11, 2014]  Some people say that this television reality show has nothing to do with leadership … I disagree.  In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past several years, one of the most popular shows on television lately has been “Duck Dynasty.”  It’s a series that portrays the lives of the Robertson’s out of… Read More »

Physical Fitness

By | February 9, 2014

[February 09, 2014]  Most people in leadership positions will tell you that staying in good physical shape has some obvious benefits other than health: clarity of thinking, stamina, and will power.  Furthermore, it demonstrates the leader’s discipline and ability to balance many aspects of one’s life. This is all true, of course.  I propose that staying physically fit… Read More »

Leader Feedback

By | February 8, 2014

[February 08, 2014]  Leader feedback on performance, attitude, and foresight is essential regardless of the maturity or position of a leader.  This feedback should ideally be from their immediate supervisor, their peers, those that work for them, and other stakeholders. The US Army uses what they call MSAF360 (Multi-Source Assessment and Feedback).  The system is good in providing… Read More »

Just Do Something

By | February 6, 2014

[February 06, 2014]  “Just do something,” is a common catchphrase we hear frequently from leaders.  I think a better quote would be, “Just do something, anything at all.”  Some people believe that any action is seen as better than no action, irrespective of whether the action is beneficial or damaging. Frankly, this is not leadership.  It’s a sign… Read More »

Military Senior Leaders Behaving Badly

By | February 2, 2014

[February 02, 2014]  In a January 26 Washington Post article, several generals and admirals (flag officers) were identified as having involvement in allegedly unethical behavior.  A follow-up article appeared two days later.  The author rightly exposes what was hidden and is an example of bad leaders.  But this is not the entire story.  The military should be neither… Read More »

Profile on Evil Leaders

By | January 31, 2014

[January 31, 2014]  Leadership means many things but ultimately it means getting people to accomplish a goal.  Leaders come in a range of abilities and outcomes in performance – great, good, bad and yes evil.  But there is one category, the evil leader, which deserves special mention. Several years ago I was presented with a DVD of recordings… Read More »

Stuck in Atlanta Airport

By | January 30, 2014

[January 30, 2014 – Thursday]  I’m writing this from the Atlanta airport this morning, being delayed along with thousands of others since yesterday.  For those who have been out of the last 48-hour news cycle, the city of Atlanta and much of the southeast was in gridlock after two inches of snow and ice hit mid-day Tuesday. Both… Read More »

Leadership is Not Linear

By | January 29, 2014

[January 29, 2014]  Leadership is neither linear, nor is it one-dimensional.  It is not linear because critical skills of leaders are not gained at a consistent or predictable pace; if at all.  And, leadership is not one-dimensional because it is complex, multifaceted, requires focused effort to learn, and those skills can be lost.  We have all read books… Read More »