Starting With The End In Mind – Goals

Starting With The End In Mind – Goals

Do you know what you want? Are your goals well defined and clear? This morning, I was inspired listening to a podcast interview with Chris McChesney, co-author of the book The 4 Disciplines of Execution. Setting aside that book, which is all about executing on your...
A Leader’s First 30 Days

A Leader’s First 30 Days

Think back to a time when a new leader came into your organization. When that leader came into the organization, did he immediately begin changing things? Changing workflows? Changing people’s roles? How did that make everyone feel? Did your respect for the person...
The Buck Stops With You

The Buck Stops With You

As a leader, do you want to motivate people to work for and with you rather than against you? Rather than appealing to their materialistic motivations to motivate them, how would you like to help them develop a better core motivation, where they work with you out of...
You Are What You Tolerate

You Are What You Tolerate

In regards to exemplary leadership tactics, one must look beyond oneself and into the actions of his or her followers to examine the success of one’s leadership. What are our employees doing or saying when we are not around? What are we doing to encourage good...
Lead With Duct Tape?

Lead With Duct Tape?

The Setup “Who would live up here? They must love reindeer…” I was the leader of a column of 8 BV-206 “Bandvagn” tracked vehicles moving west about 15 miles through an 80 mile road (ice) movement to Alta, Norway, the port city. We were at the top of...
Your Words Have Meaning

Your Words Have Meaning

Choosing your words carefully can make or break your communication. Think back to a time you gave an address to a group, when you walked away from that experience, did you feel good about what you said? Did what you meant to say come through in what you did say?...
Leaders, Are You Last?

Leaders, Are You Last?

We are taught that “leadership is an island”. In the military, the division between the leader and the led is well defined, structured, and has been in place with few changes for a very long time. If you have never taken the time to ponder and internalize...

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