Leadership Skill: Encouraging Open Debate

By | August 23, 2014

[August 23, 2014] Significant risks to “modern” senior leaders are not having all the best ideas on the table while making decisions and communicating strategy. This includes having all the relevant information available and the thinking behind the best ideas. Both the information and thinking needed is best achieved through encouraging open debate. Successful organizations, lead by some… Read More »

Sports Lessons: What? A Rain Delay, No Way

By | August 22, 2014

[August 22, 2014] “Yuh gotta hand it to baseball and schmucks,” so says my good friend Vinny. I like to say that you simply cannot make this stuff up. While we watched the Chicago Cubs – San Francisco Giants game earlier this week, the umpires called the game for rain and declared the Cubs the winner at 2-0.… Read More »

Douglas R. Satterfield

Leadership Skill: It’s Not Personal

By | August 22, 2014

[August 22, 2014] Leaders who find themselves being emotionally drawn into certain situations risk being seen as biased, untrustworthy, fixated, and partisan. The best leaders treat their job as a professional. Senior leaders should be careful about taking things personal in their work. The message sent is that they can be swayed or manipulated by certain issues. Therefore,… Read More »

World War One: Plan XVII

By | August 21, 2014

[August 21, 2014] Here at theLeaderMaker.com, we are commemorating World War I with the hope of never repeating the same political and military mistakes. Students of history know WWI was a nasty affair that resulted in the deaths of millions. It wrought havoc everywhere and instead of solving any problem, it actually put into motion events that would… Read More »

Leadership Skill: Press Savviness

By | August 21, 2014

[August 21, 2014] Anyone spending time in front of the camera of the press knows that the skills needed to come across as credible are different. Likewise in a print media interview, what you know about your job is often less important than your ability to project a well-informed, shrewd, and practical understanding of the subject … and,… Read More »

Politics: A Military Challenge

By | August 19, 2014

[August 19, 2014] An advantage that leaders have over others is the passion to get things done, the internal drive to conquer the enemy, to turn a profit, to run a successful enterprise. Yet, a special challenge to all senior leaders, in particular military leaders, is being able to engage with politicians on difficult subjects without acrimony. Politics… Read More »

The Flaw of Adaptability

By | August 18, 2014

[August 18, 2014] I’ve written in this blog extensively about “adaptability” in leadership (see here, here, and here for some examples). What if adaptability is not up to all the hype we hear about it? Could we be so wrong? Adaptability is critical to senior leadership and of course to all leaders. The flaw of adaptability that sometimes… Read More »