The Senior Leader Challenge

By | October 28, 2013

[October 28, 2013]  A frequent question asked is: “What is the most challenging part of a senior leader’s job?” Most believe that dealing with the impact of America’s unstable economic situation, overwhelming organizational bureaucracy, or working with insufferable government agencies unfamiliar with the leader’s organization would the challenge.  While these are a bit demanding, they are not the… Read More »

A Cool and Stable Temperament

By | October 27, 2013

[October 27, 2013]  Good leaders are not defined by any one temperament. Leaders come with a variety of temperaments that may change depending upon the circumstances that are needed to produce a particular set of results. There are times when situations demand that the leader have a cool and stable temperament.  The most obvious is that of a… Read More »

Topic: Outside the Comfort Zone

By | October 26, 2013

[October 26, 2013]  If you want to be a good leader, but especially if you want to be a great leader, plan on doing things outside your personal comfort zone.  Senior leaders must be always on the lookout for ways to improve their capability and capacity to get things done.  “If you’re comfortable, you’re not growing.”  – Unknown … Read More »

Persistence: The Brooklyn Bridge

By | October 25, 2013

[October 25, 2013]  As children we used to tease each other occasionally by telling our friends we had a real “good deal” for them.  We would sell them a bridge … called the Brooklyn Bridge … at a great price.  This teasing game likely came about in the 1800s when the bridge was associated with some political corruption. … Read More »

Characteristic #26: Extraordinary Persistence

By | October 24, 2013

[Updated December 28, 2013] Great leaders have extraordinary persistence.  Yes, possession of large doses of persistence is a prerequisite for great senior executive leaders. The dictionary defines persistence as, “Firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.”  In other words, do not expect persistence to be easy.  In fact, it’s hard. For… Read More »

Battle of Leyte Gulf, October 23-26, 1944

By | October 23, 2013

[October 23, 2013]  The Battle of Leyte Gulf, formerly known as the Second Battle of the Philippine Sea, is generally considered to be the largest naval battle of WWII and, by some criteria, possibly the largest naval battle in history. Today I’m honoring those who fought so valiantly in this most important naval battle. Also, happy belated birthday… Read More »

Characteristic #25: Learning from Failure

By | October 22, 2013

[October 22, 2013]  It is said that learning from your mistakes is the best teacher.  I think the jury is still out on that judgment but failure certainly provides the most unforgettable opportunity to learn. Senior executive leaders will learn lessons from those failures just like any leader.  However, the lessons that senior leaders take away are more… Read More »

Core Values: U.S. Army

By | October 21, 2013

[October 21, 2013]  By discussing core values, it is again easy to select an organization that clearly articulates its values. The U.S. Army has seven values which follow the acronym LDRSHIP.  They are: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Integrity, and Personal Courage.  There is the expectation that every Soldier, regardless of rank, memorizes and lives by those values.… Read More »

Characteristic #24: Recognizing Bias

By | October 20, 2013

[October 20, 2013]  Every decision that leaders make involves some level of bias.  The problem is not that there is bias, a natural function, but that some biases in decision-making and employee affairs can lead to an incorrect judgment, unfounded conclusions, and uncertainty. Senior leaders are interested in both mission accomplishment and taking care of their employees.  Therefore,… Read More »