Impediments to Progress – Monumental Inertia

As the twentieth century began, navies in only a half-dozen countries were experimenting with a new type of watercraft – the submarine. Invented in its most recent and most useable form by Irish immigrant and schoolteacher John Philip Holland, most traditional navy officers didn’t like submarines, did not understand how submarines could be deployed or … Read more…

Three things you can measure right now that will help determine where you fit as a leader or manager

At what level do you most often think? At what level are you most often called upon to think? You have to think about a lot of things. You daily task list may be long and detailed or limited and general. But you have a lot to think about. Paul Hersey and Kenneth H. Blanchard … Read more…

7 Things you can do right now to enthuse your associates and employees with hope

A few days ago I shared 5 reasons why hope is not an effective strategy. In that same article I also emphasized that hope is nonetheless an essential attitude. There is a difference between hope and hope so. The former is certain, expectant, optimistic. The latter is tentative, doubtful, and pessimistic, at least to a … Read more…

9 things your associates and team absolutely need to make the journey towards vision. What Lewis and Clark shows us about effective leadership and the pursuit of vision.

Undaunted Courage is one of the great stories in American history. When Merriweather Lewis and William Clark departed St. Louis in May, 1804 on what was then called the Corps of Discovery Expedition, they actually failed in their stated purpose. Commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson to find “the most direct and practicable water communication across … Read more…

5 phases of your role as leader

The expectation that leadership can be a singular role is unrealistic. We wear a lot of hats. We manage, we motivate, we correct, we monitor, we inspire, we facilitate, we coordinate, we focus, we bark, we growl, we whisper, we articulate, we define, and we execute. A couple of posts ago I wrote about our … Read more…

3 leadership lessons I learned on board the USS Midway

In mid-January of this year my son and I spent the better part of a day touring the USS Midway, a decommissioned aircraft carrier berthed in San Diego harbor. I’ve been on naval vessels before but none as large as the Midway. As awe inspiring as the Midway’s war making capabilities were, both Nathaniel and … Read more…

6 secrets to keeping your team working for the same goals.

Does your right hand know what your left hand is doing and why it is doing it? In assisting organizations, businesses, and individuals in developing and implementing an effective vision one of my first questions is what is your vision for this company? After hearing their definition, I will ask the department heads, the associates … Read more…

The principle of risk management

Let’s say for the purpose of this article that you have a position open and a slate of applicants who possess approximately the same list of qualifications, what do you do? You start looking at qualities. Certain qualities are important in almost any job but particularly critical when working in a service industry or in … Read more…