Characteristic #57: Ethical Behavior

By | April 15, 2014

[April 15, 2014]  Today is tax day.  But I digress.  I won’t be sarcastic by referencing ethics and taxes in the same sentence (oh).  From many mentors throughout my military career I’ve been given counsel to “Never do anything illegal, immoral, or unethical.”  While it certainly provided me with successful and practical guidance, the ethical advice never seemed… Read More »

Off Topic: Baseball and Video Review Controversy

By | April 14, 2014

[April 14, 2014]  Baseball for the 2014 begins with an on-going controversy surrounding the umps interpreting replay videos.  Last night’s game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox had its exciting moments and controversy.  There are many of us who believe the video reviews are hurting the game.  Baseball is becoming more like football (oh… Read More »

EEOC: Work Standards and Leadership?

By | April 14, 2014

[April 14, 2014]  Work standards have been a sensitive subject over the past few years because, when applied, the impact on workers is not equal.  The federal government has been looking closely at the affect that implementing standards in the workplace have on people; in particular, as the impact applies to identifiable categories like race, gender, ethnicity, etc. … Read More »

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 »