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Leadership Lessons from Normandy

June 6, 1944. The skies over the English Channel were cloudy and the water cold and rough as more than 156,000 American, British, and Canadian soldiers climbed down from their ships and into the landing craft that would take them to the beaches of Normandy to liberate Europe. It was to be a very difficult day. The mission was accomplished at a terrible cost and many stories of great leadership…

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Leadership 101: Time Management – Take Time to Smell the Roses

After many years of hard work Jack was offered a very coveted position, one for which few were considered, and he could barely contain his excitement. He went home to tell his family, but his teenage son had news of his own and ignored Jack’s enthusiasm. There was a high school awards banquet the next week. Jack’s son would be graduating that year and really wanted his father to attend.…

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Leadership Development: Team Building and Rock Stars

All leaders want “rock stars” on the team. There is plenty of advice available about how to hire the “right” people. That’s great. I’m all for building the best team possible, but is selecting the team the only way to do that? My military experience provides an interesting answer. Military leaders seldom if ever have the opportunity to select their own team. Instead, leaders are assigned to an existing team,…

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Leadership 101: Team Dynamics and the New Hire

“I’m not sure about that new guy. He doesn’t seem to be fitting in and doesn’t seem to know what he’s doing. Why’d you hire him?” Ever have someone walk into your office and say something like this? Ever find yourself wondering why a new person on the team isn’t fitting in? On-boarding a new hire can be stressful. In teams that are well-established and performing well, the stress can be…