Characteristic# 80: Breaking Stupid Rules

By | December 12, 2014

[December 12, 2014] Christopher is a team leader with a well-known oil extraction firm in downtown Houston. But he had a problem retarding his ability to produce high quality designs because his company would not allow him the required computer software – he succeeded anyway. Breaking stupid rules is sometimes necessary to get things done. The firm had… Read More »

Reading List (Update)

By | December 9, 2014

[December 09, 2014] I’ve been a bit remiss in not providing my professional reading list. As I wrote in a post just a few days ago in My Blog Themes: Top 10, “Professional level reading is a very important ingredient in this effort [to be a great leader].” For that reason, I have two wonderful books that will… Read More »

Reverse Mentoring of Senior Leaders

By | December 8, 2014

[December 08, 2014] A few years ago I was with a group of senior officers discussing the challenges of insurgent warfare with U.S. General Stanley McChrystal. We talked about “reverse mentoring.” That’s when our younger soldiers – who were more informed of recent developments – instructed us more senior leaders. This is the reverse of how mentoring is… Read More »

Pearl Harbor

By | December 7, 2014

[December 07, 2014] Today is a day to pay our respect to U.S. service members and civilians who were killed or wounded on December 7, 1941 when the Japanese Imperial Navy attacked the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. I have been fortunate to have spoken to several military survivors of the attack and hear their amazing… Read More »

What Senior Leaders Think of Leadership

By | December 5, 2014

[December 05, 2014] They think it’s pretty darn important. Well, that’s no surprise … but there’s much more to this story, of course. While most senior leaders know a great deal about leadership, there remains neither a clarifying definition nor consensus on the key traits of what makes a great leader (thus my blog). There are, however, components… Read More »