Characteristic #22: Dealing with Unknown Unknowns

By | October 17, 2013

[October 17, 2013]  Unpredictable major events, good or bad, that have a major effect on people, organizations, or society are often justified as destiny after their occurrence.  While we cannot predict such events, we can certainly put into place mechanisms that prepare us better to take advantage of them.  Taleb called these events “Black Swans.”1 The Honorable Donald… Read More »

Keeping the Best Employees

By | October 16, 2013

[October 16, 2013]  Today’s business environment is changing.  Companies are struggling to meet the challenges and the opportunities of a communications-centric business environment.  This means that the way organizations are lead must keep pace, in part, by retaining their best employees. So, how do we keep the best, first-rate employees?  It is common knowledge that keeping any employee… Read More »

Characteristic #21: Dealing with Surprises

By | October 15, 2013

[October 15, 2013]  As senior executive leaders, it is important that we deal with surprises appropriately.  At the executive level we are fond of saying we don’t like surprises, simply because surprises tend to be very large and very bad. How senior leaders deal with a surprise can determine success or failure in our organizations. “What you see is… Read More »

Profile: Vince Lombardi

By | October 14, 2013

[October 14, 2013]  Choosing a famous leader for these profiles has been relatively easy.  The Vince Lombardi selection today was not only easy, he is the person I quote most on leadership and have the most affinity toward. “Leaders are made, they are not born.  They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of… Read More »

Reading List (Update)

By | October 13, 2013

[October 13, 2013]  Today I’m adding more books that I found especially interesting: Rumsfeld’s Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life by Donald Rumsfeld Donald Rumsfeld is controversial writer and figure in U.S. politics, war, and business.  In this book, Rumsfeld captures his rules, gathered over his lifetime.  There are many pearls of wisdom for us. … Read More »

Americans Dissatisfied with U.S. Gov’t

By | October 12, 2013

[October 12, 2013]  It is certainly no surprise that we Americans today are not happy with our federal government.  Our dissatisfaction has reached a record-breaking low point. Consider how dissatisfied we are in the following sampling of survey results: 18% are satisfied with the way the nation is being governed1   60% say fire every single member of Congress2  … Read More »

Core Values: Boy Scouts of America

By | October 11, 2013

[October 11, 2013]  To discuss core values, the Boy Scouts of American (BSA) is a classic.  The BSA is universally seen as an organization that instills moral character into young boys.  The cause is noble and it has been successful beyond what people thought possible. The BSA was inspired by and modeled on the Boy Scout Association, established… Read More »

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 »