Off Topic: Introducing New Topics

By | March 27, 2014

[March 27, 2014]  Beginning this week, in addition to the senior leader blog, I’ll occasionally introduce new topics that are joined to senior leader issues, but not so close that it deserves a leader tag.  My first “off topic” will be about Baseball – it requires “heart” to play (passion), practiced study of the opponent (patience and intelligence),… Read More »

Core Values: TD Bank

By | March 27, 2014

[March 27, 2014]  The “financial crisis of 2008” saw the U.S. Government loan banks billions of public dollars in what was unofficially known as “bailout money.”  Formally called the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), the full amount loaned has never been revealed or paid back in full, but ranges from $700 billion to over $7 trillion in loans. … Read More »

Lessons in Leadership: A Child Teaches Us

By | March 26, 2014

[March 26, 2014]  Learning about leadership can come in the most unexpected ways, from surprising sources, and at inconvenient times.  Such was a leadership lesson in compassion that Colorado school administrators learned the hard way earlier this week.  What happened?  A 9-year old Colorado student shaved her head to show compassion for her friend who was bald from… Read More »

Reading List (Update)

By | March 25, 2014

[March 25, 2014]  Another good read, this time by economist William Easterly published in 2013.  I just had time to order the book and began reading it on my Kindle but wanted to get it on my favorite lists quickly.  The timeliness of the book is great, given the current debates on poverty.  Congressman Paul Ryan was the… Read More »

Malaysia Flight 370: Leadership Fail

By | March 24, 2014

[March 24, 2014]  The world’s media is in full hype and speculation mode about MH 370’s whereabouts.  One cannot watch a television show, listen to radio, or read a newspaper without Malaysia Flight 370 being front and center.  But this is not as important as the outright leadership failure of the Malaysian government’s lack of keeping the investigation… Read More »

“Hybrid” Leadership: A Warning

By | March 23, 2014

[March 23, 2014]  Warning to all my readers … there a few articles written about “hybrid” leadership, some of which are recycled ideas and others are poorly constructed concepts.  What one will find typically, are leader traits dressed up to look different or something on male-female hybrid attributes.  The former concept is no different than what has been written… Read More »

Characteristic #54: Understanding Relevant History

By | March 22, 2014

[March 22, 2014]  When General Petraeus, as the senior commander in Iraq, introduced his new “Clear, Hold, Build” strategy in late 2006, it was based on several factors; the most important of which was with an analysis and understanding of the history of insurgencies.  Not unlike a senior leader needing the relevant experience in order to be most… Read More »

Leadership Attributes of Special Forces

By | March 21, 2014

[March 21, 2014]  It was interesting to get a short course on horseback packing, their care, and how to engage in a firefight while mounted.  The U.S. Marine Corps conducts a hands-on training course at their Mountain Warfare Training Center on the military use of large animals in difficult terrain.  Leadership means thinking beyond the obvious solutions and… Read More »

Characteristic #53: Being Ruthless when Necessary

By | March 20, 2014

[March 20, 2014]  When action is called for, when the company is in a death spiral, when the organization is headed to mission failure; it’s time for the senior leadership to be ruthless and do those things necessary things to save it from destruction.  Doing the right things morally, ethically, and legally is of course a must for… Read More »