Getting on Plan

By | September 19, 2013

[September 19, 2013]  Major General Joe Robies, Jr., the president and CEO of USAA, wrote about “getting on plan” in the Fall 2013 USAA insurance magazine.  He was giving good advice to USAA members to establish a financial retirement plan and get on it.  Of course, we all will agree with MG Robies.  We can carry his idea… Read More »

Characteristic #9: The Right Values

By | September 19, 2013

[September 19, 2013]  Senior executive leaders recognize that values1 held by people will be one of the factors that determine the success or failure of that employee and of that organization. In today’s work environment, it is no longer politically correct to enquire about personal values.  This is unfortunate because there are values that directly contribute to a… Read More »

Characteristic #8: Developing Strategy

By | September 18, 2013

[September 18, 2013] He who defends everywhere, defends nowhere.  – Sun Tzu The senior executive leader is personally responsible to ensure that an effective strategy1 is developed and that their organization is properly guided along a path to achieve its objectives and goals.  Without a strategy, there is no map for this journey. What does strategy allow us… Read More »

Professional Reading List (Update)

By | September 17, 2013

[September 17, 2013]  This afternoon, I’ll be adding two books that I found interesting:  How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life.  John C. Maxwell. In Maxwell’s 2009 book, he says “Good thinkers are in demand.  A person who knows how may always have a job, but the person who knows why will always be his… Read More »

Battle of Antietam: September 17, 1862

By | September 17, 2013

[September 17, 2013]  Known as the Battle of Antietam (or alternatively as the Battle of Sharpsburg), this was the first major battle in the American Civil War to take place on Union soil. It is the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with 22,717 dead, wounded, and missing on both sides combined. The Battle of Antietam ended the… Read More »

Characteristic #7: Selecting the Right People

By | September 17, 2013

[September 17, 2013]  One of the key attributes of senior executive leaders is their ability to select the right people for the right job.  Unfortunately, sometimes people are chosen even to be senior leaders who turn out to be stunning failures. Choosing leaders is not just a difficult task, but new senior executive leaders should quickly establish their… Read More »

Characteristic #6: On Being Honest

By | September 16, 2013

[September 16, 2013]  Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential for success in life – all areas of life.  The really good news is that anyone can develop both honesty and integrity.    – Zig Ziglar, author, motivational speaker, salesman. There is a short-list of values that are essential to all leaders.  One of the most important among them is… Read More »

Profile: General Douglas MacArthur

By | September 15, 2013

[September 15, 2013]  As part of this blog’s profiles in senior executive leadership, the first great leader will be an obvious choice: General Douglas MacArthur.  William Manchester writes of General MacArthur that:  He was a great thundering paradox of a man, noble, and ignoble, inspiring and outrageous, arrogant and shy, the best of men and the worst of… Read More »