VA Scandal: An Employee Problem

By | June 27, 2014

[June 27, 2014] The newly published American Legion Magazine1 does a good job of addressing the nation-wide VA scandal involving veteran health care. Quoting and agreeing with a Florida Congressman, the bigger problem is accountability, “a culture shift that needs to be made.”2 While they are right, it is not exactly clear what they really mean by the… Read More »

Characteristic# 65: Thick-Skinned

By | June 27, 2014

[June 27, 2014] A well-known characteristic of great senior leaders is a thick-skinned personality. This is only possible when the leader is one that possesses extensive, broadly-based, and relevant experiences. Yet, this does not necessarily mean the leader is arrogant or uncaring. In the best of leaders, being thick-skinned means also being humble and optimistic. Being thick skinned… Read More »

Leaders Must be Tested

By | June 26, 2014

[June 26, 2014] We have discussed many leader traits here, most of them essential for the successful leader. Yet, rarely discussed in theLeaderMaker.com or in leadership literature is the fact that leaders must be tested in order to be at their best. This testing must be on-going, not necessarily every moment, but testing is frequent. Leaders are resilient.… Read More »

Leadership Lessons from the IRS Scandal

By | June 25, 2014

[June 25, 2014] The new IRS chief testified Monday night before the U.S. Congressional Oversight Committee. It was not pleasant for the new chief. From his testimony, there are a few important leadership lessons that can be learned for those wishing to dissect the exchange between him and the members of the committee. Regardless of the political biases… Read More »

Off-Topic: Computer is in the Shop

By | June 23, 2014

[June 23, 2014]  My computer is having the real hard-core techies giving it the “full Monty”.  They call it a diagnostic test.  Something was wrong with Windows 8.0 installation.  So, as I type on my wife’s machine, my computer is in the shop.  This will slow down my posting a bit.  Tomorrow I might be a little late… Read More »

Profile: Paul Harvey

By | June 23, 2014

[June 23, 2014] “Now, the rest of the story.” Those iconic words represent the essence of radio personality Paul Harvey. Certainly not a traditional great leader and not even in the minor leagues with the greats like General Eisenhower. Yet, Paul Harvey was one of the greatest communicators in America. Born Paul Harvey Aurandt (1919-2009), he was on… Read More »