Challenges? Push Past With Humor!

She frantically ran into the room yelling, “CHIP! CHIP!  I THINK HE’S GONE…I THINK HE’S GONE!” We both dashed into the living room and there, peacefully, sat my Dad, her soulmate, slumped over in his favorite chair, gone. He hadn’t been well for a while.  Five years ago he was diagnosed with stage four lung […]

4 Strategies For Listening Mo’ Better

Yes, I’ll admit it…I’m a terrible listener.  I have the best of intentions of hanging on every word that is said but, usually, I drift.  But, it’s not my fault!  I have these crazy monkeys jumping around in my head at all times!  One causes me to babble, another one causes distractions and the host […]

R U ANGRY!?

I stood there in complete amazement as the man yelled, “Hey!!  You can’t cut!!  There’s a line here!  What are you doing!?”   No, he wasn’t yelling at me…he was yelling at a another man who was trying to board our 5 hour flight to San Francisco ahead of him.  It was like, somehow, we had […]

Time Parasite? Just Walk Away!

Damon couldn’t believe that I just left in the middle of the conversation and left him hanging.  Later on, he came to my office and I explained the art of walking away. Although Damon and I were both Lieutenants (and contemporaries), I had a lot more time in the Navy than he did and had […]

Kick Apathy’s A$$!

The stench of apathy permeated our department.  I had been there for about a month and had watched as my team floundered on figuring out what needed to be done and how they were going to get it done.  We had metrics that we were judged by but, admittedly, there was a whole pointlessness to […]

Deckplate Leadership

My first two years in the Navy were less than productive. As a young 18 year old, I was loud, obnoxious, and thought many things were funny that my supervisors didn’t. On the opposite end, I was also smart, eager and enthusiastic – but I asked a lot of questions and wanted to know the […]

Are You A Deckplate Leader?

My first two years in the Navy were less than productive.  As a young 18 year old, I was  loud, obnoxious, and thought many things were funny that my supervisors didn’t.   On the opposite end, I was also smart, eager and enthusiastic – but I asked a lot of questions and wanted to know the […]

YOU Are the Guide Ship!

As we pulled alongside the guide ship in our small frigate to transfer fuel and supplies, I worked and watched (in amazement) at a symphony of coordinated efforts that ensured the entire Underway Replenishment (UNREP) was executed with 100% accuracy.  Lines, cables, people and both ships had to be in perfect alignment for this to […]

4 Methods to Self Promote Without Brown Nosing!

Years ago, as a junior officer, I worked with another young Lieutenant named, Derek.  Derek was a smart, articulate and a hard worker but he was also a MAJOR League sycophant (aka: fawning parasite or brown-noser).   Whenever the opportunity would arise, we would duck and pucker in the hope of outshining the rest of the […]

Zucchini Bread and Leadership

I love to eat!  And, because of this, I also love to cook.  My cooking adventures started after my home economics class in the seventh grade (yes, I home economics instead of wood shop to support my habit).  That summer was a flurry of trying new recipes while my parents worked and eating the products […]