Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

By | January 20, 2014

[January 20, 2014]  Today we recognize and give our respect to Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK), whose leadership helped move the U.S. toward the ideal of eliminating racial discrimination.  MLK was the leader and chief spokesperson for the civil rights movement – protesting racial discrimination in federal and state law. MLK was largely responsible for the nonviolent protest… Read More »

Lack of Trust in the U.S. Government

By | January 19, 2014

[January 19, 2014]  Over the past several days, there has been heightened rhetoric about the lack of trust and confidence in the U.S. government as a whole and the failure of its senior leadership in particular.  This time it was due to the highlighting of NSA’s data collection methods and the situation is unfortunate because all successful societies… Read More »

Photographs of Battle

By | January 18, 2014

[January 18, 2014]  War extracts a toll on the lives of humans.  Only in the past 150 years have we been able to document by photography the battles that have shaped human history but also our families. In respect for our military, I have included here some photographs from World War II. There are many websites dedicated to… Read More »

A Balanced Personality

By | January 17, 2014

[January 17, 2014]  Leadership requires a person with a balanced personality.  The problem, of course, with this observation is the debate over what constitutes a “balanced” personality. There are many books and articles, as well as big businesses that make money allegedly offering the answers through a balanced personal life.  Some of these actually have great points about… Read More »

Interviews for Senior Leader Jobs (Part 2)

By | January 16, 2014

[January 16, 2014]  In Part 1, it was proposed that senior leadership interviews have neither the form nor purpose as the classic interview.  Not to imply that the executive interview is simply a formality, because it does not.  The interview is only a part of a more complex network of decision-making.  This post is broken into a 2-part… Read More »

Interviews for Senior Leader Jobs (Part 1)

By | January 15, 2014

[January 15, 2014]  Let’s begin by noting that the purpose of an interview is to determine whether a person is the right person for a leadership job.  However, the search process for a senior leader position begins before any interview and may end well after the final decision is made.  Does this mean that the “interview” is largely… Read More »

Hiring and Employing “Tainted” Leaders

By | January 14, 2014

[January 14, 2014]  In the U.S. national news lately we have seen what many call a “corruption of leadership” because senior leaders have considered hiring or currently employ “tainted” leaders to assist them.  Basic leadership requires the establishment of trust and confidence with whom we associate.  When leaders employ or consider employing other tainted leaders, this can put… Read More »

Improving on Respect in the Workplace

By | January 13, 2014

[January 13, 2014]  Respect is one of those workplace conditions that impacts directly on the ability of an organization to function, to accomplish its mission, and its leadership to succeed.  Respect cannot be purchased, it cannot be willed into place, and it cannot be repaired easily if damaged.  Once an organization has lost respect among its employees, changing… Read More »