General James Mattis on Ethical Standards

On August 4, 2017 General James Mattis, the United States’ Secretary of Defense sent the following memo to every member of the Department of Defense.  Ethical behavior from our military’s leaders is expected by the public and by the military itself. General Mattis makes it clear how each officer, enlisted, and civilian personnel should behave […]

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Leadership Development Improves The Bottom Line

We don’t lack smart people in business these days.  Smart people are everywhere.  We lack leaders. The latest studies are proving leadership equates to profits.  Developing good leaders does more to effect the bottom line of an organization than hiring yet another top graduate from a famous school.

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Compliant Teams Vs. Committed Teams

Playing within the rules is a given in business. But, the increased communication around compliance has a negative side effect. Compliance becomes a goal in and of itself. The implication is that if I have a compliant team, I am a successful leader. Not true.

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Teamwork: A Navy SEAL’s Definition

Who doesn’t love the Navy SEALs?  Answer:  The enemy’s of freedom.  But to the rest of us, these warriors are heroes.  They are the elite of the elite. They understand teamwork and define it with simplicity.

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Finding Elite Team Members

Everyone wants to be part of an Elite Team and leaders want to lead Elite Teams. Leaders can push a lot of buttons and pull a lot of levers in an effort to make their team elite. But, the truly elite teams start with the right kind of team members.

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West Point’s Prayer for Leaders on July 4

Thirty-three years ago this week, I entered the United States Military Academy at West Point as part of the Class of 1988.  That first week, we had to learn the West Point Cadet Prayer. This week the Class of 2021 began their journey as part of the “Long Gray Line”.

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Three Things a Mature Leader Knows

Which person in this picture is a mature leader? It may not be the one with gray hair. Age and experience have less to do with being a mature leader than some people think. The real key to being a mature leader has more to do with the leader’s ability to let go of their […]

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Teamwork Versus Integrity

Last week I observed two sales representatives at a local restaurant taking a company mandated knowledge test together. When someone asked what they were doing the answer was “Just exercising good teamwork.” Really?  Is that what that was?

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Should Loyalty Trump Integrity

When President Trump purportedly asked FBI Director Comey for his loyalty, a shiver went down my spine.  I wrote the following blog over 3 years ago. It’s amazing how the title and topic of this blog seem eerily prophetic. I also want to thank the President, the former Director and every politician in Washington for […]

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Pride and Insecurity are Linked

“What will they think of me?” That is the question insecure people always ask themselves. I ask, “What makes you believe people are thinking about you?” That is how pride and insecurity are linked. We think others are focused on us. 

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