See Dick Run…His Team Into The Ground

“Everything you do affects other people down the line!’ were the words that bellowed, angrily, from Dick’s reddened face as he pushed the team to work faster with fewer errors. It was four o’clock in the morning and I was packing trucks at UPS during the peak holiday season.  The kids were young and I […]

Make a Positive Impact!

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 […]

Common Sense Isn’t Common

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 […]

You Take Control

He would come in daily to verbally smack me around and let me know I wasn’t hitting the mark.  I didn’t understand his leadership style but it certainly frustrated me.  As soon as I would see him (my Division Chief) my ears would turn off and my barriers would go up.  Still, I wanted to […]

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 […]

Father Knows Best

I had hit a brick wall and didn’t know what to do.  As a military person, I had never dealt with unions before.  We had a ton of changes to make within my security department but every time I tried to make a change, the union shop steward would be in my office telling me […]

Make It Through The Trials

I was two months into my first Command tour when the call came in.  It was the call I hoped would never happen but, in the back of my head, knew would eventually come.  As the senior Naval Officer in my area, one of my responsibilities was to make the notification to next of kin […]

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 […]

Six Things NOT TO Share With Your People

“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 […]

Unconventional Process!? Unconventional Results!

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 […]