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Getting to Know Them – What’s Their Motivation?

The crowd waited in rapt anticipation. The famous motivational speaker was about to take the stage. He was going to motivate them to do more, be better, and whatever else they desired. I was in that audience and I too was anticipating the speaker’s words, although for a different reason. I’ve studied motivation for years and I firmly believe we cannot motivate other people. But I wondered a little. After…

The Leadership Forge: The Impact of Mentors & Relationships on Success

Take a moment and think about a teacher, coach, or mentor that had a major positive impact on you.  Often the best mentors are those that do it out of love, a sense of duty, or the desire to give back.  The impact that a person has had is sometimes not realized until later in life.  Fellow Academy Leadership affiliate Michael Paczan tells this story about “one of the greatest…

High Priority: The Leader Gets a Haircut

Note: This post comes from Ed Rugerro at Academy Leadership. Sicily, July 1943 Captain Ed Sayre peeked over the edge of the trench and down the hill, where the German infantry had disappeared into a grove of trees to prepare a counter-attack. Sayre’s eighty exhausted and foot-sore GIs had just pushed the enemy off one of the sun-blasted ridges that march across southern Sicily like inland waves, but the Germans…

3-Step Business Crisis Management for Leaders [infographic]

I’m reflecting this week on what I learned about crisis management from a particularly experienced instructor pilot in the Air Force helicopter rescue unit were we were both assigned. He said that, in an emergency, the first thing to do is “hack the clock.” I wrote about this in August – but today I’m revisiting the topic and offering an infographic to glance at when you’re under pressure. Note: A little…

10 Tips for Effective Communication

Are you an effective communicator? Communication is one of the most important aspects of leadership. Effective leaders communicate in a concise, professional manner. Few people have the time or patience for long drawn-out communication. That doesn’t mean all good communication is short or that you should leave out important details. Just omit what’s not important and doesn’t support your point. Everyone appreciates brevity. Professional communication means sticking to the subject…