On 16 October 2005, an incredible feat was achieved sixteen miles West of Denver, Colorado. What was once considered one of the most contaminated and environmentally dangerous locations on earth, was reopened to the public as a pristine wildlife refuge in one-sixth the time and less than one-sixth the cost of original clean-up estimates. In tangible terms, a project initially forecast to span 70 years and cost taxpayers $36 billion was completed 60 years ahead of schedule and $29 billion dollars under budget….a feat the government’s own General Accounting office declared unlikely, if not impossible.… Read the rest
A supertanker leader is one who pushes aside the normal procedures and looks at a problem from a completely different perspective. He chooses to embrace the discomfort of change and reacts by pushing through that discomfort towards a goal on the other side. The disruption in the organization causes ripples that spread behind the leader and force change rapidly to compensate for the imbalance.
Originally published in written form: http://generalleadership.com/supertanker-leadership/… Read the rest
BLUF—Bottom Line Up Front-The USAF has the expression, “Integrity First” as the first of its stated core values. But in the years since these core values were first stated, we may have forgotten how important these core values are to each and every one of us. Integrity can’t be applied selectively. In my post Air Force employment, I have seen how important integrity is in the general business world. I am glad that our senior leaders continue to live by our Air Force values.… Read the rest
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Senior Curator and GeneralLeadership.com CEO, Brigadier General John E. Michel shares his insight into the power of believing there is a better way. He discusses that the positive effects of people’s actions were never realized by fearing change. Instead, each of them was the result of leveraging an opportunity for people to risk stepping out of their comfort zones to make different, more empowering choices.… Read the rest
“Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.”
Anyone who thinks about September 11, 2001, will likely remember exactly where they were when they heard the news on that fateful fall morning. It is an event forever seared into our collective national and global conscious – a date that marks the end of one era and the start of another.
Within minutes of the attacks on New York City, news stations began reporting events, while numerous federal, state, and local agencies struggled to not only better understand what was happening but try to predict what might happen next.… Read the rest
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”
– Winston Churchill
Senior Curator and GeneralLeadership.com COO, Lt Col Mathew T. Fritz discusses why courage is a skill. Each of us has the ability to find within ourselves a motivation and a drive which can compel us to face adversity and grow through an obstacle.
Originally published at http://generalleadership.com/courage-skill/… Read the rest
To be a great leader doesn’t mean one has to take the flag and charge into cannon fire or make a drastic change in the organization. Those leaders do tend to get all the fame, but the ones that can make a real difference in peoples’ lives are the ones who constantly set a good example, reward positive performance and steer their team to success. The Colorado River carved the Grand Canyon over time; the constant gradual pressure produced breath-taking results. Similarly, leaders can make a large impact with slow, steady inputs to their organization or people.… Read the rest