Characteristic #20: Recognizing a Slow Race

By | October 10, 2013

[October 10, 2013]  Senior executive leaders need to possess not just more experience and focus, but they must also be capable of exceptional performance.  This performance should be an order of magnitude better than average. When I was a new second lieutenant at the Infantry Officer Basic Course in Fort Benning, Georgia, my class of 300 officers were… Read More »

Characteristic #19: Storytelling Leadership

By | October 9, 2013

[October 9, 2013]  Understanding the psychology of human beings; what motivates us and focuses our employee talent is something every senior executive leader wants. From the beginning of the human race in the most primitive settings to our modern world, a good story is something we all can relate to and remember.  Thus, the use of storytelling1 in… Read More »

Leadership in a Family Business

By | October 8, 2013

[October 8, 2013]  Yesterday I was fortunate enough to visit the corporate offices and museum of Hillerich & Bradsby Company who make the Louisville Slugger1 baseball bat in Louisville, Kentucky.  For the baseball enthusiasts out there, you can understand the thrill of visiting here.  But this is really a story about a family that through determination, hard work,… Read More »

The Problem with Assumptions

By | October 7, 2013

[October 7, 2013]  People make assumptions1 on just about every aspect of their life.  It is a simple fact of life that we do not know everything and those knowledge gaps are filled by assumptions.  Put another way, assumptions are mental shortcuts that save us time and effort since we don’t check out all the information surrounding the… Read More »

Profile: George Washington

By | October 6, 2013

[October 6, 2013]  George Washington came forward as the most significant leader in the founding of the United States of America and became known as the Father of the Country.  To select George Washington as an important senior leader for this profile was important.  I wanted to select Abraham Lincoln originally but eventually decided to go with Washington… Read More »

Characteristic #18: Moral Courage

By | October 5, 2013

[October 5, 2013]  The photograph accompanying this article is famous in many respects.  It is a photo taken June 6, 1944 of the Omaha Beach landing during World War II.  It is used to symbolically represent courage.  More accurately it is symbolic of physical courage.   Moral courage, on the other hand, is more difficult to show symbolically and… Read More »

Leader Popularity

By | October 4, 2013

[October 4, 2013] “Popularity is not leadership.”                        – Richard Marcinko, US Navy Seal, Author The saying that leaders need to be popular to get things done is a myth.  However, there is some confusion about this in the workplace and among leaders and lay people alike.  Certainly, leaders do not want people to hate them because that… Read More »

Characteristic #17: Provide Motivation

By | October 3, 2013

[October 3, 2013]  For any leader, one of their most important tasks is to give inspiration to people in the organization to carry out the mission.  The most talented leader not only provides employee enthusiasm but also provides the motivation for their boss(es), peers, and customers. This is what we mean when we say a leader provides motivation1.… Read More »

Characteristic #16: Leading Transitions (Part 2)

By | October 2, 2013

[October 2, 2013]  In Part 1 of this blog on “Leading Transitions”, we saw that the way to ensure a smooth change and reduce the risk involved, is to learn from others’ mistakes. Part 2 of this blog will go into more detail about the lessons learned. With a weakened and changing economy (e.g., technological advances), it is… Read More »

Professional Reading List (Update)

By | October 1, 2013

[October 1, 2013]  Today I’m adding more books that I found interesting: Outliers: The Story of Success.  Malcolm Gladwell. In this book the author seeks to convince us of the notion that success is not a function of innate ability and IQ.  Gladwell focuses on other things like what income level, culture, and time of a child’s birth, as… Read More »