Stop

When You Know You Have the Answer, Stop!

I knew I had the answer. From the head of the table I had the power to end the discussion and let everyone know my answer. I really wanted to do that because I knew I was right. Finally, I could stand it no longer. With an air of confidence and a little authority I said, “Why don’t we do it this way?” The room was quiet for a moment.…

Empty Office

Why Are You Out Here?

The question caught me completely by surprise. I had been assigned as the new maintenance officer responsible for over 100 mechanics and 27 aircraft. Since I had come from an aircraft maintenance background myself, I was excited about this opportunity. I was walking around the flightline one day and stopped to watch a couple of crew chiefs changing a brake. We exchanged pleasantries but didn’t say much else. Finally they…

Ignorance

It’s OK to be an Ignorant Leader

Did he really just say that? I was sitting in my new boss’s office. I had just been moved to a new position which I was not very excited about and was in the office for the traditional “meet the boss” session. I had been snatched from a job I really loved to take this position and was not very happy. My boss described several urgent challenges that my new…

Books

How to Find Real Value in Leadership Books

A common year-end tradition is lists of books experts recommend for the coming year. The lists I see invariably include a number of tomes on ways to be a successful business leader. There are plenty of those lists out there so I won’t bore you with yet another one. Instead, here are some thoughts on how you should read those books that purport to make you a better leader and…