Profile: Joseph Stalin

By | April 7, 2014

[April 07, 2014]  Leadership comes in many forms and leadership can stand for either good or evil.  Generally, senior executive leaders profiled here have benefited or helped millions of people.  This is what we normally think about when we think of leadership.  Joseph Stalin (1879-1953), leader of the Soviet Union, can be described as one of the most… Read More »

Gold Star Wives and Leadership

By | April 6, 2014

[April 06, 2014]  On April 5th, we paid respect to the Gold Star Wives of America 69th anniversary of the founding of their organization.  Its goal is to provide support for the spouses and children of those in the Armed Forces who lost their lives.  This organization has outstanding leaders who should be commended on their great works.… Read More »

Comments on the “Zero Defects” Leader Trap

By | April 6, 2014

[April 06, 2014]  We often hear that a leader “zero defects” mentality means a struggling organization that discourages risk-taking and creativity.  Why is it that senior executive leaders fall into this trap and why is there a zero defect mentality in the first place when it can be so destructive? There is one clear critical facet of leadership… Read More »

Mozilla and the Thought Police

By | April 5, 2014

[April 05, 2014]  The Mozilla senior executive leadership took a radical and un-American step in forcing their new CEO to step down for privately supporting traditional marriage over gay marriage. In the United States, we are beginning to see some companies like Mozilla forcing people out of jobs because of their private views.  In this case, his private… Read More »

Opportunity Knocks but Once?

By | April 5, 2014

[April 05, 2014]  There is an old proverb that says that opportunity knocks only once.  While there are many meanings, one common interpretation is that when something presents itself to you, there is only one chance to make the right decision on it.  “Opportunity knocks only once. You never know if you’ll get another opportunity.” – Leon Spinks … Read More »

Characteristic #55: Accountability

By | April 4, 2014

[April 04, 2014]  Senior executive leaders know that accountability is something that is required of them and also know it is one of those traits that runs against our natural tendencies.  Accepting responsibility for the actions of others, in particular poor actions of others, is a leader feature that sets them apart from others.  All leaders are accountable… Read More »

Fort Hood Shooting

By | April 3, 2014

[April 03, 2014]  We can expect over the next few days a lot of talk and hype about the reasons for another deadly shooting at a U.S. military base and, of course, much speculation about the shooter.  Further, the national media and others will use the tragic event to further their political agendas.  We will hear most about… Read More »

Is Leadership Accidental?

By | April 3, 2014

[April 03, 2014]  Leadership works and (supposedly) it does work because of rational decisions of humans.   But consider that leadership may be an outcome of trial and error in human affairs1.  Maybe it’s the result of some people wanting the easier path, avoiding responsibility. In an earlier blog (link here) we discussed how leadership is not linear because… Read More »

The Most Hated Woman in America

By | April 2, 2014

[April 02, 2014]   Leadership does not mean that in order to be successful, people must like that person.  However, it is important for senior leaders to not be in a position of being intensely hated.  To be truly hated, that leader must dramatically violate accepted norms of society. Two women today are hated by the major of Americans… Read More »

Off Topic: Baseball Season Begins

By | April 1, 2014

[April 01, 2014]  This season’s of Major League Baseball has begun.  We begin with a number of interesting tidbits.  But what makes baseball such an addictive game?  It’s slow, boring at times, and has a bunch of guys in their pajamas standing around spitting on the ground and staring at each other.  What could be “worse” we are… Read More »