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 […]

How Can You Positively Impact Your Culture?

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 […]

5 Reasons Your Job Sucks

This job sucks!” I muttered as I shuffled back to my desk.  Barely had the words left my mouth when a co-worker happily said, “That’s why they call it work and not play, jackass!” I’ve had A LOT of jobs.  That’s one of the pro’s and con’s of being in the military; every couple of […]

Deckplate Leadership

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 […]

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 […]

Show Your Ass and Laugh!

RIP!!!  The seam in the back of my dress uniform pants completely gave out.  Admittedly, I had packed on some serious pounds.  I had quit smoking and substituted the smokes for anything sweet around. (Okay, that’s just an excuse…I love donuts and had had a continual stream of them going into my mouth.) That morning […]

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 […]

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 […]

Go Free Range!

“I’d like to thank my parents for ignoring me as a child!”  I said, gleefully, as I held the trophy over my head in triumph.  Yes, I had won the television trivia contest on board the cruise ship.  My mother, who was in the crowd, didn’t see as much humor in my victory speech as […]

Retaining Your Best Is EVERYONE’S Job!

Do you know why the US Navy works hard to retain their best and brightest?  It’s because they can’t hire senior leadership from the outside.  They have to grow their own leaders  The Navy, as with any multi-cultural global entity, is in fierce competition for high quality, talented people who want to make a difference […]