No Loyalty? YOU LOSE!

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Every summer, I try to do something for my own personal development. This summer, it was to get in touch with my “geeky” love of history and catch up (and reacquaint myself) on everything that’s happened in the past 1500 years. I read about the Plantagenet’s, the Tudors, the American Revolution, the French Revolution, Truman, […]

Problems Are Like Weeds!

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I hate yard work.  Truthfully, my dream lawn is one that is brown and dead or paved (and painted green).  Recently, while downstate in Illinois visiting my parents, a good friend of mine from high school came over and, while there, suggested that we help out my elderly parents by doing some “spring cleaning” in […]

Is Your Leadership Style A Mystery?

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I love a good mystery, don’t you? Some of my favorite Sunday afternoons as a kid were spent watching Sherlock Holmes or Charlie Chan use their super sleuth skills to solve the most complex of crimes and, ultimately, save the world from complete annihilation. However great contemplating classic capers have been for me, having a […]

Empowerment and Underwear

The stench of sweat, mothballs and fear permeated the room as the timer went off and the instructor said, “Go!” It was our final locker inspection for my graduation from boot camp and we all needed to pass in order to move on to the next “adventure.” 80 sweaty, stinky, and desperate men sped to […]

Build Communities

Standing there (in nothing but a large pair of boxer shorts) during my first 2 days of Navy Boot Camp, I stenciled my clothes as quickly as my chubby hands could get them done while the person next to me, obviously stressed, was crying as he was doing his within the allotted time limits (quietly, […]

Unconventional Process!? Unconventional Results!

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The stench of sweat, mothballs and fear permeated the room as the timer went off and the instructor said, “Go!” It was our final locker inspection for my graduation from boot camp and we all needed to pass in order to move on to the next “adventure.” 80 sweaty, stinky, and desperate men sped to […]

We ALL Screw the Pooch!

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Back in the olden days, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and thoughts were kept on “post-its” (and not a smart phone), I was in charge of the travel budget for my squadron.  Since we had planes, travel was part of what we did and keeping a tight budget was paramount in our ability to make […]

Leadership Interview

I had the GREAT opportunity to be on STEAMFEED radio and be interviewed. Listen to it HERE!! More Social Networking Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Gettysburg Gerry on BlogTalkRadio Originally posted 2014-04-30 19:41:43. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Teamwork is All About “ME”

Whenever I teach a class or give a presentation on teamwork, I always give the old adage of “There’s no ‘I’ or ‘U’ in the word TEAM.” Just like clockwork, as if drawn by the laws of physics, someone will shout out, “Yah, but there is a ‘ME’!” I then enthusiastically reply, “YES!” My astute […]

Six Things NOT TO Share With Your People

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“Sweet, Lord!  Please do not share ANYTHING else with me!” is what I thought as she droned on about everything that was going on in her life. As a new Ensign in the Navy, I worked for a Lieutenant named, Sheila.   She was nice but  didn’t know what to keep to herself.  It was then […]