As a young fighter pilot, I metaphorically held two bags in my hand each time I took to the skies; a luck bag and an experience bag. As I found myself in difficult situations, I could pull wisdom from either bag to help extricate myself and be successful in my mission. As one might guess, the experience bag starts empty and can only be built by time in the jet. Thus, the only bag at my disposal in the beginning was the luck bag.… Read the rest
One late spring morning, in a third grade classroom in a quiet, Midwestern town, a nine-year-old boy named Danny was sitting quietly at his desk. All of a sudden, a small puddle begins to appear between his feet. He struggles to imagine how this has happened, as he tries to hide the fact that his pants are wet. After all, it’s never happened before. And, he knows when the other boys in the class find out what happened he will never hear the end of it. Or worse, when the girls find out, they’ll never speak to him again as long as he lives.… Read the rest
GeneralLeadership enjoys the opportunity to highlight leaders who our readers believe provide excellent examples worth taking note of. Through our LeaderView™ Leadership Profile series, we reach out to identified candidates and ask for their insights as to what makes them tick as a leader.
In our latest LeaderView™ Leadership Profile, we caught up with Ronald R. Ladnier, former Air Force Major General and now the President of Flight Safety Services Corporation to ask him a few questions about leadership and personal motivation. Click on the link below to learn more about Gen Ladnier and how he views leadership!
Speed, as any fighter pilot will tell you, is life!
Senior Curator and GeneralLeadership.com COO, Col Matthew T. Fritz shares the rivoting story of Captain Boyd’s Fighter endeavors and the model that emerged and changed our decision matrix. Matthew discusses how operating inside your opponents OODA loop—outmaneuvering, reacting quickly to their attempts to outmaneuver you, and confusing their attempts to adjust to your OODA loop—can be your key to success in many venues.… Read the rest
Richard Branson’s first business venture was a mail-order company started with funding accumulated by handing out leaflets outside of concerts. A 15-year old Bill Gates ditched school in Seattle to develop a traffic-measurement program called Traf-O-Data, netting $20k for himself and fellow student, Paul Allen. Colonel Jimmy Doolittle led 80-men in sixteen B-25 bombers to barely leave the deck of the USS Hornet on a Tokyo raid in 1942, when landing—even return—was tenuous, at best. And a little girl took on a wicked witch and saved all of Oz, despite the efforts of a self-doubting lion.… Read the rest
“Houston, we have a problem!”
These five words, originally spoken over forty years ago by astronaut Jack Swigert of Apollo 13 on April 14, 1970, immediately captured the attention of citizens the world over.
The warning to the Houston Space Center of a major technical fault in the electrical system of one of the spacecraft’s oxygen tanks certainly caused well founded concern. It also immediately sent technicians and scientists into a full-fledged search for innovative solutions to this unexpected life-threatening situation.
For the next seventy-two hours, scores of people worked around the clock to determine what could be done to bring the astronauts safely home. … Read the rest
“Watch your thoughts, they become words;
watch your words, they become actions;
watch your actions, they become habits;
watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
With this in mind, I challenge you to ask yourself the following questions about your leadership: “What type of seeds am I planting as a leader?”
Senior Curator and GeneralLeadership.com COO, Lt Col Mathew T. Fritz reminds discusses the leadership harvest.