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 »