Category Archives: Information

Leaders Must be Tested

By | June 26, 2014

[June 26, 2014] We have discussed many leader traits here, most of them essential for the successful leader. Yet, rarely discussed in or in leadership literature is the fact that leaders must be tested in order to be at their best. This testing must be on-going, not necessarily every moment, but testing is frequent. Leaders are resilient.… Read More »

Leadership Lessons from the IRS Scandal

By | June 25, 2014

[June 25, 2014] The new IRS chief testified Monday night before the U.S. Congressional Oversight Committee. It was not pleasant for the new chief. From his testimony, there are a few important leadership lessons that can be learned for those wishing to dissect the exchange between him and the members of the committee. Regardless of the political biases… Read More »

Learning from Failure

By | June 22, 2014

[June 22, 2014] A long-developed theme here on the has been the importance of learning from the failure of others. Learning from failure is a critical skill of leaders. It is so important that it ranks up there with the most important features of leadership. If we were to individually learn only from our mistakes, we would… Read More »

Building Initiative (Part 2)

By | June 22, 2014

[June 22, 2014] “I learned it from the school of hard knocks.” In Part 1 of Building Initiative yesterday, I proposed two things. First, it is possible to improve initiative in workers through some very specific steps. Second, that it was the obligation of a leader to build initiative. Many believe that initiative is learned only through relevant… Read More »

Army Helicopters and Indian Tribe Names

By | June 19, 2014

[June 19, 2014] As I buckled myself into the helicopter’s backseat, I joked with the young Blackhawk pilot that I probably had more hours flying in his US-60 aircraft than he did. We were flying low and fast over the city of Baghdad. That tactic got us to our destination faster and helped avoid anti-aircraft missiles. Most people… Read More »

Leaders Admit Mistakes Quickly (an Example)

By | June 18, 2014

[June 18, 2014] A common practice in leadership is to spend time learning from the mistakes, errors, and omissions of others. Senior leader mistakes should be studied very closely because of the value it brings to our development. Now comes news that the IRS “lost” emails that stem from allegations of IRS target political enemies. A basic rule… Read More »