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I’m Appalled – Enough Already

I’m appalled, though unfortunately I guess I’m not really surprised. Amidst all the rhetoric about equality and fair treatment, it turns out there is a lot of inequality and unfair treatment going on. Specifically, ever day now the news brings us another story detailing the sordid details of some new example of sexual harassment in the workplace. We even hear of overt harassment and even physical abuse happening in a…

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Beauty and the Beast: Servant Leadership vs. Command and Control

Command and control (the beast) is not a popular form of leadership these days. Most of the time the method is unnecessary and a sign of a weak and insecure leader who knows no other way to be effective. The most effective leaders find some version of servant leadership (beauty) to be a better approach. But sometimes command and control is necessary. In emergencies or when time doesn’t permit discussion,…

Performance

9 Ways to Create the Perfect Coaching Relationship

Coach. Say the word and different pictures come to mind. Some might think of a favorite sports coach while others conjure images (good or bad) of their drill instructor, or perhaps a favorite teacher. Regardless of the situation, we find that coaches are individuals who provide assistance to someone to work on a specific issue or to strive for self-improvement. The benefits of actively coaching individuals in an organization are…

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Shannon Brooks, center, 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron production expeditor from Folio, Calif., reviews an aircraft forms binder which contains aircraft maintenance discrepancies and statuses Feb. 19, 2014, on RAF Mildenhall, England. Brooks improved the wash rack program by establishing a team structure, ensuring the wash teams had transportation and adequate tools, and he implemented a 30-day wash cycle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Gina Randall/Released)

A Leadership Story About Sergeant Joe

We called him Sergeant Joe. He was from Thailand and we could not pronounce his real name. It barely fit on his name tag so he took pity on us and let us call him Sergeant Joe. Three of us brand new aircraft mechanics were assigned as his trainees, which was very fortunate for us because he understood his leadership role and left a lasting impression on his young charges.…

Happy Team

The Three-Step Foundation for Employee Engagement any Leader Can Use

Are your team members engaged? Unfortunately, many business leaders complain that some of their team members are not reliable and will shirk their responsibilities whenever they can? Since much of my leadership experience comes from a long career in the military, I’m often asked why the military seems to have more dedicated people. Of course, the military has members who are not engaged and are unreliable, but within the service…