Canal

What is the Inside Scoop on Your Team?

As a young Boy Scout, I enjoyed hiking and camping in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico. One area where we occasionally camped was near an irrigation canal that brought water to the dryer, lower elevations. We were always warned to stay away from the canal. Even though the surface of the water seemed to be calm, there was a significant undertow that would pull in an unsuspecting swimmer. More…

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.…

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…

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Some Random Thoughts on Leadership

When I was a brand new Air Force maintenance officer, my unit’s superintendent informed me that it was time for our annual breakfast. Each year the unit’s senior leaders cooked breakfast for the troops and he invited me to join in the cooking. It was a fun morning and I think everyone appreciated the effort. It wasn’t that they wouldn’t eat that day if we hadn’t done this. It was…