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Four Steps to Leader Awareness – Hard lessons learned from flight operations

We were on final for a practice bombing run 300 feet above the Arizona desert going about 540 knots (620 mph). The plane was an F-16D which is a two-seat trainer version of the F-16C Falcon.  My back-seater was a flight surgeon logging mandatory air time and who was blissfully unaware how close he would come to dying that day.  What followed was a lesson-learned that has stuck with me…

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Three Things Great Leaders Do When They Are “Too Busy to Lead”

One thing is almost universally true this time of year, people are busy. I can always count on an increased number of schedule changes to coaching calls as students have to respond to the latest crisis at work as end-of-year activities demand attention. One student recently lamented that she had a long list of leadership priorities for her team but she didn’t have the time to do any of it…

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Take the Time to Save the Time

Ah, summer. Relaxing warm evenings, vacation with kids, low stress activities that recharge the batteries. Yeah right! Most everyone I talk to is so busy they barely have time to think. Many companies are in the mid-year push. Those that work in government or government related companies are realizing that the fourth quarter of the fiscal year is just starting and key projects (and spend rates) are lagging behind or…

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Leaky Faucets and Leadership

“Splash”… “Splash”. That’s what I’ve been hearing off and on at night over the last few weeks.  Investigation revealed the shower has an intermittent slow drip that pools water on top of a shower cleaner, eventually tipping it just enough to pour the water off and causing a “Splash.” Then the cycle starts over again. You would think this would be annoying enough to get me to fix it. You…

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This is my highest priority. THIS is my highest priority…and this…and this…

I was preparing to board an airplane not long ago and glanced at my boarding pass to see that I was in Group 1 for boarding.  “Cool,” I thought, “I won’t have to fight for overhead bin space.”  But then I heard the announcements begin for Executive Platinum Priority members, and then Platinum Priority, and then Gold Priority and so forth and so forth.  Finally, I heard, “Now boarding Group…