Have you thanked your piano player lately? I was at a wonderful event recently where a world renown singer gave a wonderful concert accompanied by a marvelously talented piano player. After his performance, the host went on stage and thanked
I remember vividly as a young lieutenant being in charge of a establishing a field testing site for soldiers. We then executed the actual test that would determine their potential for promotion to the next rank. Upon completion of the
Becoming a better leader can be an intimidating topic – for people of all ages, in all professions, at all levels to include executives. A frequent question I get from people looking to improve their own leadership ability is simply: Where do I start? My response is follow three simple steps: commit yourself to learning, learn about yourself, and implement an action plan with the help of others. Celebrate your victories and develop your next plan!
I had my new car for only 2 months before it happened…. that dreaded first dent. I backed into a tree while exiting a parking lot in a field. I did this in my new state-of-the-art, technology-enabled car designed to
I will always remember a profound question asked of me when preparing to take command of an Army battalion (like President of a 800 person organization): “Jeff – what do you want your leadership legacy to be?” I was a
Most successful organizations do not hesitate to invest in training their people to ensure proficiency in the technical skills required for their job. What is noticeably missing in many organizations, however, is investment in professional leadership development – that is
Does your organization suffer from: high turnover, lack of willing collaboration, lack of trust, low morale, excessive politics, disrespectful behavior towards others, illegal or unethical employee conduct? If so, then culture is likely at the heart of the issue. A
Failing to plan is, ultimately, planning to fail. Yogi Berra once said: “If you don’t know where you are going, you are certain to end up somewhere else.” We all plan for the future in our families – kids to
I have been part of many high, and some not-so-high, performing teams in my 32 years in the Army and 5 years in the civilian work force. I can personally attest to these seven fundamentals. They were derived from
The cost of low trust between employees and leaders, and consumers and business is staggering, according to a host of studies by Gallup, Forbes, Washington Post, Maritz, MasteryWorks, The Economist, Edelman, and more. On the other hand, the value of
This book is a wonderful vehicle to help people learn servant leadership. By watching the lead character learn and grow, one learns how to apply the same lessons in their own life.
The Army taught me that there are three ways one learns to become a better leader: formal education, on-the-job training, and self-development. Formal Education One way to get educated is to attend a formal program – dedicated to teaching leadership.