Small Town Leadership

By | September 29, 2013

[September 29, 2013]  Yesterday in a small central Pennsylvania town, there was a community celebration called “Borough Day”.  The celebration, an annual event, is designed to show off the community-minded spirit of its people. “The Little Town that Could®” demonstrates that strong leadership works great things regardless of the number of people involved, the resources available (small budget),… Read More »

Profile: George Eastman

By | September 29, 2013

[September 29, 2013]  He was a high school dropout, judged “not especially gifted” when measured against the academic standards of the day.  He was poor, but even as a young man, he took it upon himself to support his widowed mother and two sisters, one of whom was severely handicapped. But building a multinational corporation and emerging as… Read More »

Characteristic #14: Overcoming Obstacles

By | September 28, 2013

[September 28, 2013] “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford  Keeping an organization on track (Staying on Plan) is a difficult task.  There are seemingly endless list of obstacles/challenges that hinder leader, team, employee, and organizational performance and mission accomplishment.  Some goals are externally imposed, like the… Read More »

A Leadership Philosophy

By | September 27, 2013

[September 27, 2013]  When I was a young Infantry captain and company commander, I published my command philosophy (i.e., my leadership philosophy) – good thing because it forced me to think about how I would act and how I thought soldiers would perceive me. I had spent time reading books on famous leaders from history, World War II… Read More »

Characteristic #13: Drive a Positive Culture

By | September 25, 2013

[September 25, 2013]  If employees enjoy coming to work and customers are pleased with your product and services, then you have a positive organizational culture.  A positive, healthy culture is the basis for improving your organization’s competitive edge.  The most senior executive leaders have the responsibility to drive their organizational culture in a positive direction.  While this is… Read More »

Senior Leader Interview Questions

By | September 24, 2013

[September 24, 2013]  Whenever senior executive leaders are being interviewed for a prominent position, they will be asked questions that fall into distinct categories.  Of course, like in any interview, success is predicated upon a high level of preparation.  But what makes a senior leader executive truly successful in an interview means that one must understand what makes… Read More »

Characteristic #12: Mentor Programs (Part 2)

By | September 23, 2013

[September 23, 2013]  As noted before (Characteristic #11), senior executive leaders provide value to other leaders in a variety of ways.  One way to do this is to articulate those things that you see as elements for a successful junior leader (the “66 essentials”).  Another way is to ensure that there is a functioning and effective mentorship program… Read More »

Characteristic #11: Mentor Essentials (Part 1)

By | September 23, 2013

[September 23, 2013]  66 Essentials to be a Successful Junior Leader.  Senior executive leaders provide value to other leaders in a variety of ways.  Be available to teach, coach, and mentor those leaders working for you.  One way to do this is to articulate those things that you see as elements for a successful junior leader.  Future blog… Read More »

Profile: Lady Margaret Thatcher

By | September 22, 2013

[September 22, 2013]  The Right Honorable Baroness Margaret Hilda Thatcher, a British politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990.  A Soviet journalist once called her the “Iron Lady”, a nickname that became associated with her leadership style.  When she became leader of the Conservative Party in 1975, Britain was on the… Read More »

Myths about Senior Executive Leaders

By | September 21, 2013

[September 21, 2013]  While myths about senior executive leaders have been published, they are not widely known.  The fundamental reason to list these reasons here is twofold.  First, it makes the senior leader more aware of perceptions that may impede organizational success.  Second, junior leaders, by learning about them, might not be held back by their own misconceptions. … Read More »