“They criticize our generation, but they forget who raised it.”
In today’s workforce we have four generations of workers. Effective leaders understand the perspectives, values, and paradigms that shape each generation and the all-encompassing and frequently discussed subject of generational leadership.
It is interesting that this topic was not discussed as I was being shaped in the leadership ranks circa 1977. We spent lots of time learning human relations, equal opportunities, and supervisor-subordinate interactions. We did not focus on the differences that were present in each of us basically because of the timeframe we were born or raised in.… Read the rest
“You’ve got to know when to hold them…and know when to fold them.”
Kenny Rogers – The Gambler
How many times in life were you told to never give up? Vince Lombardi, legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers from 1959-1967, famously said, “Winners never quit and quitters never win!” This is a concept that’s been drilled into our psyches for our entire lives. Contrary to this view, I believe it is acceptable for a leader to quit.
Part of the common body of knowledge for leadership training is to never give up. A leader is trained to constantly urge his team onwards towards victory. … Read the rest
“I don’t know whether this is the best of times or the worst of times, but I assure you it’s the only time you’ve got.” – Art Buchwald
Standing in front of the assembled group of more than 150 staff to tell them they were being reorganized–again–was a little daunting to say the least. Everyone was clearly nervous about the change, but the leadership team assured them we would seize this latest change as an opportunity. However, embracing the change and looking for opportunities to make that change work for us was key to turning a potential disaster into success. Using a three step process we turned the reorg into an opportunity to chart our own future.… Read the rest
“It follows then as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious.”
President George Washington
Happy 241st Birthday to the U.S. Navy! On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress established a naval force, hoping that a small fleet would be able to offset the uncontested exercise of British sea power. From these humble beginnings, the world’s most powerful naval force was born. With thousands of ships and aircraft serving worldwide, the U.S. Navy is the pre-eminent naval force to be reckoned with.
Tough, Bold and Ready!… Read the rest
It’s a seldom discussed fact that Christopher Columbus nearly missed his chance to make the history books in his 1492 discovery of the “New World.” Had his ship sailed on yet one day longer without sighting land, they would have turned around and headed back to Spain on the 12th of October. The truth is, he had a slight followership problem to contend with—and his own deception nearly cost him historical immortality. Along the way, his crew had grown unruly and restless, which prompted him to start “cooking the books” and keeping a separate set of records: one for his eyes only and the other he shared with his crew.… Read the rest
Turn your radio dials to SiriusXM Channel 125 tonight at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific) for the #GeneralLeadership Hour on the David Webb Show! On the first Wednesday of every month, we strive to bring you the opportunity to engage with our team and our guests virtually and on-the-air with the radio program and live Twitter stream. You can interact live with our hosts David Webb, General John E. Michel, and Colonel Matthew T. Fritz, as well as our special guests. Join in the conversation by tuning into SiriusXM Channel 125, following along on Twitter (#GeneralLeadership and #DavidWebb), or call in to the show by dialing 866-957-2874!… Read the rest
A leader without passion
is merely a manager.
Leadership is Passion.
Leadership is the passion to make an organization better.
Leadership is the passion toward each team member, pushing them toward a higher level of accomplishment.
Leadership is the passion for continuous and deliberate self-improvement.
Leadership is a passion which cannot be taught, but must be learned.
A leader without passion
is merely a manager
Leadership is a passion which intrinsically motivates people toward a common goal, ignites others and drives vision.
Leadership is a passion for fact-based decisions, not emotion-based arguments.
A leader without passion is merely a manager.… Read the rest
“Why fit in, when you were born to stand out?”
It can be difficult to be recognized for your strengths, contributions, and abilities when working as a leader. Often times, we are one of many leaders, and our peer group can be very competitive and of very high quality. Additionally, leaders by nature are humble people and we spend very little time in front of the mirror, analyzing our successes, or telling others about us.
This post is coming from the perspective of what elements, when coupled with outstanding performance can provide the distinction between us as leaders. The picture accompanying the title was taken in a beautiful South Dakota corn field in early August.… Read the rest