Why Size Matters


If you had met Captain Pat on the street, you would never have guessed that he was an officer in the Navy or that he was responsible for nearly 10,000 people and millions of dollars of in Navy assets. He always had shaving cream behind his ear, appeared to comb his hair with a rock, […]

How To Change Your Attitude

Big Cup O' Joe!

I reached my hotel room at 1AM and wondered what the next day was going to hold for me. It had been the end of an extremely long day. I had left Milwaukee that morning on (what I thought) was going to be a short flight to Oklahoma City to work with veterans that had […]

Is Your Leadership Style A Mystery?


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 […]

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 […]