A Few Thoughts on Leader Transparency

By | March 12, 2015

[March 12, 2015] The recent ruckus over Ms Hillary Clinton’s use of private email to conduct United States official business gives us an opportunity to provide a few senior leader thoughts on leader transparency. Ultimately the email controversy is about transparency; whether a leader is playing by the rules and being open, fair, and honest with the American… Read More »

Characteristic# 87: Forgiveness

By | March 11, 2015

[March 11, 2015] One of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted characteristic of a senior leader is forgiveness. Rarely talked about and while practiced by many, unevenly applied. Leaders who practice forgiveness will benefit everyone in their organization and simultaneously retain the best worker talent and improve performance. People make mistakes – some unintentional and some by choice –… Read More »

Ethics: Leaders Accepting Gifts

By | March 10, 2015

[March 10, 2015] Senior leaders rarely need a warning about people giving them gifts. They know that actual or perceived favoritism, bias, or corruption can result. Yet, regardless of how well we understand this and agree there could be problems, invariably senior leaders still get into trouble accepting gifts. During my time as a military flag officer, several… Read More »

Core Values: KBR, Inc.

By | March 8, 2015

[March 08, 2015] During my three years in Iraq as a U.S. Army engineer, I was exposed almost daily to KBR personnel who provided engineering and logistical support to the U.S. military. Without the capability provided by this firm, the military could not have operated at the level that U.S. and Coalition did to attack insurgent and terrorist… Read More »

Helping Leaders by Not Helping

By | March 7, 2015

[March 07, 2015] There is no doubt that teaching and mentoring young leaders to develop their skills is critical to their future success. However, there comes a time where it is often better to allow them to experience failure. Sometimes, helping leaders by not helping them is the better alternative. A fine line exists between allowing a leader… Read More »

Leadership Toolbox: Email and Texting

By | March 5, 2015

[March 05, 2015] A few days ago it was discovered that the past U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used a private email address to conduct official business. Many accused her of purposefully shielding her communications from review and avoiding public access laws.  Email and texting are valuable leadership tools that if not used properly may cause serious… Read More »

The Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism II

By | March 3, 2015

[March 03, 2015] Over the past few weeks, there has been a surge in anti-Jewish movements in the United States; many originating on college campuses. With the attacks by terrorist group the Islamic State, it surprised many that a parallel movement of anti-Semitism has gained strength in Europe and America. Yet, this movement is not just opposition to… Read More »