Core Values: Whole Foods Market, Inc.

By | April 13, 2014

[April 13, 2014]  Over the past decade there has been a transformation of food quality production, distribution, and service to the customer.  Whole Foods Market is one of the organizations that has played a major leadership role in the transformation and can be said to be America’s Healthiest Grocery Store™ (at least according to them and they have… Read More »

Examine Your Weaknesses

By | April 12, 2014

[April 12, 2014]  “Exploring your weakness makes you a good person.”  This is one topic that philosophers try to explain how and why that looking at our weak traits can make us better.  Leaders, in my opinion, are not interesting in “exploring” ourselves, in particular exploring our weaknesses.  What we should be very interesting in doing however is… Read More »

Intelligence and Leadership (Update)

By | April 11, 2014

[April 11, 2014]  Over the past few days, within the blogosphere, there has been talk about the “intelligence equals education” debate.  The debate centers on whether a college degree is a requirement for “higher [political] office,” like President of the United States.  The implication we can get from this debate is that leadership probably requires a college degree. … Read More »

Mohawk Indians: Iron and Bravery

By | April 11, 2014

[April 11, 2014]  They were known as the Brooklyn Mohawks and they were famous as “fearless high-rise construction workers.”  As iron workers and riveters, they helped make the New York City skyline in the early 20th Century.  As senior leaders know, leadership employs bravery (moral or physical courage).  The Iroquois Nation’s culture1 with a “warrior ethic” was a… Read More »

The IRS and Leadership (Update)

By | April 10, 2014

[April 10, 2014]  Today we are being told that former IRS official Ms Lois Lerner was held in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about the targeting of “conservative groups” by the IRS1.  Interestingly, we are starting to see more political leaders coming forth asking the IRS to be transparent about what happened.  I argued a… Read More »

Move Out, Don’t Wait to Be Told

By | April 10, 2014

[April 10, 2014]  As my readers know, I spend a significant amount of my time in airports and on planes traveling.  There are plenty of times where I am witness to airport workers and flight attendants not serving their customers.  This happens all too frequently. Too often, I have watched leaders (and managers) stand by and allow a situation… Read More »

Reading List (Update)

By | April 9, 2014

[April 09, 2014]  Two really good books for our readers.  It is no surprise that I’m still catching up on my reading after a couple of months with a heavy overseas travel schedule.  These books are excellent reads any time.  The first by Dale Carnegie is an oldie but goodie – it’s the type you can pick up… Read More »

Federal School Lunch Program Failure

By | April 9, 2014

[April 09, 2014]  The federal government’s new public school lunch program announced in 2012 and quickly implemented in the past school year has developed a number of problems.  This happens when large bureaucratic programs are enacted without the groundwork and right leadership in place to ensure success. Some of the “healthier” foods, the students would not eat.  Many… Read More »