Weâ€™re excited to announce the first group completed The Confident LeaderTM workshop in Indianapolis this week. The Confident Leader is the first in a series of workshops formulated to provide the skills necessary to be successful leaders. Despite a small class we had great discussion and a lot of fun… Read More »The Confident Leader has launched in Indianapolis!
An article came through my feed the other day called 22 Habits of Successful Leaders from entrepreneur.com. It was an interesting article, but could have been more accurately titled, 22 Quirky Habits of some Famous Successful People. I realize it wouldnâ€™t have gotten nearly the number of clicks, but why… Read More »Correlation or Causation â€“ The Trouble with Studying Successful Leader Characteristics
Let’s not let Memorial Day weekend be just that long weekend marking the start of summer. Since World War I more than a half million Americans have laid down their future lives with friends and family for the sake of others. Please pause for a few moments this weekend and take time to… Read More »It’s Memorial Day – please join us in remembering our fallen heroes
A very good friend of mine was recently promoted to lead the division in which she has been working for a number of years. She confided in me that in addition to the usual worries about taking a new position was the worry that the person who assumes her old… Read More »Moving up? Let go of the past!
I have a new lady in my life, and my wife approves! My new â€œladyâ€ is an 8-year old golden retriever weâ€™ve named Katy. She came to us as Savana, but we thought Katy was a better fit. Not that it mattered that we changed this old dogâ€™s name; Savana… Read More »Leadership, Motivation, and a Dog
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… Read More »Four Steps to Leader Awareness â€“ Hard lessons learned from flight operations
In workshop discussions concerning conflict management, inevitably the subject of dealing with “toxic” individuals comes up. I maintain that if you have toxic individuals on your team, you normally donâ€™t have a conflict problem, you have a values problem. Weâ€™ve talked about workplace culture before but, in my experience, few… Read More »Dealing with Toxic Team Members
I had been a commander of a flying training squadron for a few months. One Monday morning I was getting ready to go into work when the phone rang. I put the phone to my ear and heard, â€œWhere are you?â€ Have you ever had one of those moments when… Read More »What do you do when you fall short as a leader? (Pictograph)
In my free time I enjoy powered paragliding. I have a unique perspective while moving slowly across the landscape from a couple hundred feet up that is quite illuminating. Iâ€™ve seen coyotes lying in long grasses waiting for prey, jackrabbits actually forming small â€œherdsâ€ for mutual protection, how antelope seem… Read More »Do They See What You See? Great Leaders Share the Vision
Our leadership students come from many different companies. Most come from companies with great cultures that take an active interest in their employees and develop them into engaged individuals with a vested interest in organizational success. Others…not so much. Iâ€™ve had a number of students who, unfortunately, worked in environments… Read More »Stuck in a toxic work culture? Three thoughts on what to do.