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Random Musings on Leadership

We think a lot about leadership here at the Daedalus Group and some of those thoughts are even worth sharing! So, from time to time we’ll bring you some of our Random Musings on Leadership. Do you know the mission? When I help organizations create mission statements and goals, I normally hear comments like, “we know what our mission is” from the leadership team. When I ask them to tell…

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Memorial Day Wishes

The national cemetary at the United States Air Force Academy sits not too far from where I live. As Memorial Day weekend approaches, I was thinking about former comrades I know that now lie in rest there and elsewhere; individuals who paid the ultimate sacrifice while in service to their country. As you enjoy time with family or friends this holiday weekend please pause a few moments and remember the reason…

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Does Effective Leadership Mean Popularity?

It seemed that Jerry was the example of effective leadership. He never interfered with his subordinate leader’s areas or responsibility, he was well liked by everyone, and the organization was running smoothly. Then one day a crisis struck and investigation revealed that Jerry was not as effective a leader as he seemed. He had failed to stop bad behavior or take the tough action required to enforce the organization’s standards.…

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Great Leaders Create Culture

This week we welcome guest blogger Jay Pullins from Catapult Leadership Solutions. The first priority of great leaders is making more leaders. But it doesn’t just happen. Making leaders requires selflessness, confidence and intentionality (see last week’s blog). And making more leaders doesn’t happen without a plan. That’s why many organizations fail to grow their leaders. They don’t have a viable plan to do so. As they say in the…

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Don’t Raise Mushrooms

Shortly after arriving in the new organization, I asked why we were doing certain tasks that didn’t seem to make sense. This was my first job as an airplane mechanic. I was very young, impressionable and quite curious. So I was disappointed when another mechanic told me not to bother asking. He said we were like mushrooms: kept in the dark and fed, well, you get the picture. Was this…