Which Are You?


In my estimation, there are two types of people in this world; Mayonnaise people and Miracle Whip people.  My Mother will not eat a sandwich without the hefty slather of Miracle Whip and my ex-wife’s love of mayonnaise is SO GREAT she won’t even look at Miracle Whip in the grocery store (let alone buy […]

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

It Ain’t No Birthday Party!


As the day approached, I grew a little more panicky of what to expect.  I had signed up to join the Navy the summer before my Senior year in High School.  Ten months had passed and, although I knew I was leaving for boot camp two days after my 18th birthday, I had put being […]

Is It Close Enough?

Team attitude begins with leader attitude

I don’t know about you, but I like to get things right.  So much so that I can put a lot of undue pressure on myself to do so.  Sometimes, isn’t done just good enough or just close enough for jazz? After a long session of practicing, my High School orchestra conductor, Dr. Scott Johnson, […]

Listen To Your Gut!


Personally and professionally, we all face challenges. My greatest professional challenge came when I was put in charge of the Navy’s Security Forces in Washington, DC. There, I was responsible for the safety and security of 25K people on 9 different Naval Installations in the National Capital Region during the September 11, 2001 crisis. It […]

Are You A Talker Or A Doer?


In order to navigate today’s rough waters we must do more than talk about it, we must do! One of the best action leaders I have ever served with was a man named, Russ. He had an ability to take an abstract idea and drive it home to completion unlike anybody I had ever seen. […]

Don’t Wear Out Your Best Team Member


The Gunnery Sergeant assigned to my class during Officer Candidate School (OCS) was big, mean and made Lou Gossett Jr. (from an “Officer and a Gentleman”) look like a kitty cat.  Seemingly, he loved the heat; he loved to see us sweat; and he especially loved to have us march.  Our only form of transportation […]

The 3 Elements Needed For Motivating


When I first joined the Navy I, like every young Sailor, went through the required training to learn how to fight and prevent fires. Twenty years later, I still remember that you need 3 elements to create a fire – oxygen, heat, and fuel. Take one of them away and the fire is gone and […]

Unconventional Team Connection


Growing up, my ol’ man had a nickname for everyone. I don’t know if it was because he couldn’t remember anyone’s name or because he thought it was funny. Whatever the reason, if you knew him (and he liked you) you got assigned a name. At his work there was a Flopjaw, Leo, Goliath, and […]

How To Make Your Own Luck


As I crossed the bridge on my way from the train station to the college, the comedic irony of the situation made me burst into laughter. At the end of the bridge was a panhandler, asking for money and, as a very attractive woman approached him wearing what would be illegal in many states, he […]