No Loyalty? YOU LOSE!


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, […]

GTFO!! You’re Irritating Me!


It was a fun job!  I was still working my Navy job during the day but had started teaching at night.  My first semester went off without a hitch.  My second, however, proved to be a little bit different story.  It wasn’t bad.  It’s just that I had a “Chatty Kathy” who kept disrupting the […]

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

All Engines Ahead Full!

It was the Independence Day holiday weekend and all of my buddies were going out to paint the town.  It had been a long 10 weeks of training during Officer Candidate School and each of us had earned the privilege of going out to blow off some steam.  I, however, decided to stay in and […]

6 Tips For Managing Your Time

The only thing I can figure is that I used to have a LOT of time.  Way before children, responsibilities and work, I must have had oodles and oodles of time.  Because now, after the rigors of life have wedged their spiny hooks deep within my flesh, I don’t know where to get more time.  […]

Common Sense Isn’t Common

Chip Lutz

The ocean swells were so large I thought I was reliving the beginning scene of Gilligan’s Island.  I had only been in the Navy for six months and out to sea for the last two.  I was pretty green (not only as a Sailor but also from the motion of the ocean).  Books, papers, and […]

How Can You Positively Impact Your Culture?

YOU can make the difference!

Each team member impacts the culture of an organization (positively or negatively) because emotions pass from person to person. Fifteen years ago, I was working for a particularly mean-spirited manager. He would spend his days yelling, stomping and publicly chastising me (and I was a work horse!). Although he looked at this as a type […]

Rough Seas? Take Action!

In order to navigate today’s rough waters we must do more than talk about it, we must do it!  One of the best action leaders I ever served with was a man named, Russ.  Russ was a retired Naval officer with what seemed to be boundless energy.  The momentum he generated in tackling problems, producing […]

Voices In My Head

Voices In My head

“Hey, I saw you walking up the street talking to someone…but no one was there” the Major said. Yup, he was correct.  You see, I have this really bad habit of going through potentially contentious conversations in my head prior to having them. The bad part is that I get so into the conversation that […]

The Cement of Good Relationships

Relationships parallel houses in the way they are built. Daily, we add (or detract) from the foundation of our relationships – at work and at home. Daily, we lay bricks, reinforce walls, put up barriers, and cover open spaces. How much reflection and planning are you investing into the building of your house? It takes […]