Boston Red Sox Win

By | October 31, 2013

[October 31, 2013]  Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox baseball team for their win in the 2013 World Series.  They now have won three times in the last nine years – a tremendous feat by the players and managers.  Their team continues to show leadership on and off the field.  Baseball is a great game. Watching these last… Read More »

Profile: Mahatma Gandhi

By | October 31, 2013

[October 31, 2013]  Mahatma Gandhi was not only a great leader for the country of India but became one of the most influential leaders in the world.  He showed that a leader can fight for a better world innovatively – in this case, without weapons but with thoughts and beliefs. On the surface, Gandhi appears radically different from… Read More »

Contrasts in the Passion of Leadership

By | October 30, 2013

[October 30, 2013]  Over the last two days, I visited a soon-to-deploy military combat unit (with their families) and visited a Veterans’ Administration hospital.  The contrast between the two in the “passion” of the personnel at each event was noteworthy. Both the personnel conducting the troop and family event, as well as those attending, were unparalleled in their… Read More »

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 »