Univ. of Connecticut Basketball Champions

By | April 8, 2014

[April 08, 2014]  Congratulations to the University of Connecticut basketball team for their 2014 National Championship win last night.  No one expected them to be a winner this season after their NCAA suspension last year, some team members leaving, and several poor games; but they did win.  And they won big. Listening to what the players had to… Read More »

22 Executive Leader Characteristics

By | April 7, 2014

[April 07, 2014]  Just recently compiled a year’s worth of key writing points on Senior Executive Leadership into a single presentation.  These traits assembled here are those I consider the top 22 characteristics of the most successful senior leaders. I will be posting it here on theLeaderMaker blog before I go public with it. The presentation is downloadable… Read More »

Profile: Joseph Stalin

By | April 7, 2014

[April 07, 2014]  Leadership comes in many forms and leadership can stand for either good or evil.  Generally, senior executive leaders profiled here have benefited or helped millions of people.  This is what we normally think about when we think of leadership.  Joseph Stalin (1879-1953), leader of the Soviet Union, can be described as one of the most… Read More »

Gold Star Wives and Leadership

By | April 6, 2014

[April 06, 2014]  On April 5th, we paid respect to the Gold Star Wives of America 69th anniversary of the founding of their organization.  Its goal is to provide support for the spouses and children of those in the Armed Forces who lost their lives.  This organization has outstanding leaders who should be commended on their great works.… Read More »

Comments on the “Zero Defects” Leader Trap

By | April 6, 2014

[April 06, 2014]  We often hear that a leader “zero defects” mentality means a struggling organization that discourages risk-taking and creativity.  Why is it that senior executive leaders fall into this trap and why is there a zero defect mentality in the first place when it can be so destructive? There is one clear critical facet of leadership… Read More »

Mozilla and the Thought Police

By | April 5, 2014

[April 05, 2014]  The Mozilla senior executive leadership took a radical and un-American step in forcing their new CEO to step down for privately supporting traditional marriage over gay marriage. In the United States, we are beginning to see some companies like Mozilla forcing people out of jobs because of their private views.  In this case, his private… Read More »

Opportunity Knocks but Once?

By | April 5, 2014

[April 05, 2014]  There is an old proverb that says that opportunity knocks only once.  While there are many meanings, one common interpretation is that when something presents itself to you, there is only one chance to make the right decision on it.  “Opportunity knocks only once. You never know if you’ll get another opportunity.” – Leon Spinks … Read More »

Characteristic #55: Accountability

By | April 4, 2014

[April 04, 2014]  Senior executive leaders know that accountability is something that is required of them and also know it is one of those traits that runs against our natural tendencies.  Accepting responsibility for the actions of others, in particular poor actions of others, is a leader feature that sets them apart from others.  All leaders are accountable… Read More »

Fort Hood Shooting

By | April 3, 2014

[April 03, 2014]  We can expect over the next few days a lot of talk and hype about the reasons for another deadly shooting at a U.S. military base and, of course, much speculation about the shooter.  Further, the national media and others will use the tragic event to further their political agendas.  We will hear most about… Read More »