Vision

“Follow me!” Are you ready to say this?

“Sure, I know where we’re going, follow me.” As you set off for the restaurant with friends in tow, you are filled with confidence. But after a couple of wrong turns things aren’t looking familiar and it occurs to you that you really don’t know where you are going. Embarrassing?  Yes. But in the grand scheme of things you will likely only suffer some good-natured ribbing. But what if the…

F-111 Aardvark. Air Force inventory in 1967

The Power of Risk: A Team Challenge Story

Many years ago, as an aircraft mechanic in the Air Force, I was selected for a small, four-person team challenged to reassemble two F-111 aircraft which had not flown for some time; one for over two and a half years. It was a daunting challenge, made even more so by a deadline of only five months. Many senior eyes were on the project, adding to the stress factor. Those aircraft…

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Your Ace in the Hole

Have you noticed a member of your team who everyone seems to gravitate to. This is the man or woman who seems to be able to get others to do things and when there’s a big success, they are probably involved. This is your group’s informal leader. They don’t have an official title but they are a leader non-the-less. There are three ways you can deal with this informal leader.…

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Are You Waiting for Your Team to Accept You?

“Your people will decide if you are a leader.” Some version of this quote appears from time to time attributed to various people who would have us believe that leaders must please their team to be a real leader. They believe a leader is not really a true leader until their team accepts them as such. Here’s why that belief is wrong and can take a leader down the wrong…

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The Mission: That Others May Live

The air around us was orange. That was pretty common after a dust storm as a fine powder of sand hung in the air. Through the orange haze, I could see the mechanics going through their morning inspections of the rescue helicopters that sat on alert, ready to rapidly respond to whatever emergency might occur. As I walked toward one of the helicopters my radio broke the silence with the…