Category Archives: Leadership

Characteristic #26: Extraordinary Persistence

By | October 24, 2013

[Updated December 28, 2013] Great leaders have extraordinary persistence.  Yes, possession of large doses of persistence is a prerequisite for great senior executive leaders. The dictionary defines persistence as, “Firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.”  In other words, do not expect persistence to be easy.  In fact, it’s hard. For… Read More »

Core Values: U.S. Army

By | October 21, 2013

[October 21, 2013]  By discussing core values, it is again easy to select an organization that clearly articulates its values. The U.S. Army has seven values which follow the acronym LDRSHIP.  They are: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Integrity, and Personal Courage.  There is the expectation that every Soldier, regardless of rank, memorizes and lives by those values.… Read More »

Characteristic #24: Recognizing Bias

By | October 20, 2013

[October 20, 2013]  Every decision that leaders make involves some level of bias.  The problem is not that there is bias, a natural function, but that some biases in decision-making and employee affairs can lead to an incorrect judgment, unfounded conclusions, and uncertainty. Senior leaders are interested in both mission accomplishment and taking care of their employees.  Therefore,… Read More »

Characteristic #23: Humility

By | October 19, 2013

[October 19, 2013]  Humility is defined several ways.  However, the meanings used today lead to confusion, especially when employed to describe a leader.  First, it can mean lack of confidence or timidity.  Or second, it can mean to be humble, lacking pretence, not believing you are superior to others. In some cultures, the language separates the meanings but… Read More »

Characteristic #22: Dealing with Unknown Unknowns

By | October 17, 2013

[October 17, 2013]  Unpredictable major events, good or bad, that have a major effect on people, organizations, or society are often justified as destiny after their occurrence.  While we cannot predict such events, we can certainly put into place mechanisms that prepare us better to take advantage of them.  Taleb called these events “Black Swans.”1 The Honorable Donald… Read More »

Keeping the Best Employees

By | October 16, 2013

[October 16, 2013]  Today’s business environment is changing.  Companies are struggling to meet the challenges and the opportunities of a communications-centric business environment.  This means that the way organizations are lead must keep pace, in part, by retaining their best employees. So, how do we keep the best, first-rate employees?  It is common knowledge that keeping any employee… Read More »