Category Archives: Profiles

Core Values: USAA Insurance

By | December 5, 2013

[December 05, 2013]  Another organization that has been historically successful and displays its core values prominently, is the financial services company USAA (United Services Automobile Association).  In 1922, a group of U.S. Army officers decided to self-insure when they were unable to get auto insurance because they were considered high risk. USAA’s stated core values are: Service Loyalty… Read More »

Profile: The Reverend “Billy” Graham

By | November 29, 2013

[November 29, 2013]  Reverend William “Billy” Graham, Jr.  is a Southern Baptist minister, who rose to celebrity status in 1949 reaching a large constituency across the U.S. and the Christian world.  He held large indoor and outdoor rallies; sermons were broadcast on radio and television, some still being re-broadcast today. He is a great communicator with a consistent… Read More »

Profile: Lady Gaga

By | November 10, 2013

[November 10, 2013]  My previous famous leader profiles may have been biased toward world legendary people, all of which proved themselves over decades.  The greatest leaders possess a long-term record of success. However, this profile of “Lady Gaga,” the stage name for a recently famous musician and philanthropist, shows that leaders can have millions of followers if you… Read More »

Core Values: Korean Air

By | November 5, 2013

[November 05, 2013]  As we have seen repeated here, senior executive leadership exhibits itself and its successes in several ways.  Today, I will use Korean Airlines to show senior leader values (see disclaimer below).  Annually, I travel over 125,000 miles by plane.  This level of use gives me an appreciation for good service and how international airline carriers… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »