So you’ve been leading your organization for a year or two, maybe more, and now it’s time to turn over your pride and joy to another leader. You’ve given it everything you’ve got, as you poured your heart and soul into this organization striving to lead your team to new heights. Don’t worry, life will continue for your organization and the team you had the honor to serve with. I learned a long time ago there are many capable leaders, many better than you, and they will do just fine without you. … Read the rest
“…solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom.”
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
On November 11, 1918–after more than four years of bloody fighting by over 70 million soldiers from as many as 100 countries, an armistice was signed in France between the Allies and Germany bringing World War I to a close. At the time, H.G. Wells coined the term “the war to end all wars,” referring to the conflict that left more than 9-million lives on the battlefield and countless others forever changed.… Read the rest
“If you seek tranquility, do less. Or (more accurately) do what’s essential — what the logos of a social being requires, and in the requisite way. Which brings a double satisfaction: To do Less, Better.”
We live in a world of unprecedented opportunity. However, with abundant opportunity comes an incredible level of noise, distraction, and busyness–all of which contribute to the diffusion of our single greatest resource: time.
Never in the entire history of humanity has it been easier to waste time. In fact, how many times have you heard others express, “I don’t have time?” How about you?… Read the rest
“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
Extremely well trained. Reliably successful in highly dangerous environments. Superior situational awareness. Disciplined mental toughness. Sharpened self-control. Tech savvy. Self-starting. Elevated initiative. Take command mindset. Excellence under pressure. Hyper attention to detail. Innovative. Masters of situational and resource improvisation. Process dedicated. Respect for rules. Unassuming. Nerves of steel. Inspiring leaders. Protectors of life.
Bomb squad teams and their Commanders; Superheroes in anyone’s book, except for the playbooks of enemies.
I wanted to learn from these real-life, champions.… Read the rest
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
One day, it hits you. Hard. You realize that you wish you had done things differently. Bad decisions, hurtful actions, missed opportunities, mistakes that later resulted in a lingering sense of regret. Some weigh heavier than others, but regret can certainly be a tricky piece of emotional baggage to carry around.
Research study after study shows that each of us experiences short lived regrets for the dumb things we do in life…the time you dyed the cat green only to find out later you used permanent dye; or the time you stayed out too late partying only to walk into a calculus pop quiz in the morning.… Read the rest
“If your action inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader”
John Quincy Adams
Anyone following the news these days is painfully aware of the divisiveness plaguing politics. There exist far too many examples of leaders who seem to think leadership means making themselves look better by tearing down those around them. To use a construction metaphor, those leaders specialize in demolition rather than construction.
A foreman of a construction company is there to ensure a structure is well-built and will stand the test of time. By starting with a solid foundation, ensuring the supports are strong and finishing with a sturdy roof, the foreman builds something that will be useful to the customer and continue to provide support to others for the life of its existence.… Read the rest
“There is something in you that you have to offer other people that is refreshing to them because it represents something that they don’t have. Finding your confidence in that is much more valuable than trying to compensate by pretending to be efficient in areas that you are not.
I find that observing the challenges of my children offers some very good insights into relationships and leadership. Recently, I discussed circumstances with my children that relate to expectations and how to play a leadership role. That led me to reflect on the Leadership Experience. Is the leadership experience something to be chased, or something to create on your own?… Read the rest
The most effective way to do it,
is to do it.
Have you ever paused to consider that in every great story or notable achievement there is a footnote behind the headline? The footnote is the hard work, sweat, tears, failures and disappointments that went into preparation for the main event. In effect, the footnote is everything the subject of the story said yes to, the good and the bad that must occur, so they were ready to seize the moment when the moment arose.
Let me share a story to illustrate this point.
Amelia Earhart wanted to be a great aviator.… Read the rest
Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers. -Harry S. Truman
As a student at both Air Command and Staff College and National Defense University’s Eisenhower School, I was privileged to hear dozens of accomplished national leaders speak. Generals, Supreme Court justices, Congressional representatives and senators, leaders in industry. We even heard from two sitting presidents. They came from very diverse walks of life and professions but all had a number of things in common: they were all early risers, intellectually agile, often men and women of faith, and committed to their families and to the country. They were also all–to person–voracious readers.… Read the rest
In LeadershipFlow | Perfectly Square, Master Certified Coach and Leadership Expert Croft Edwards finds a fresh way to look at personal and organizational change through his story of a family-owned business and its struggle to survive. Infusing his proven methodology into the narrative and characters, he provides readers with a dynamic roadmap for how to lead and transform a company.
It’s finally here, Croft Edwards’ much awaited book LeadershipFlow | Perfectly Square: A Story about Learning to Lead and Transforming a Company is available in hard cover on Monday the 15th of May. We here at GeneralLeadership just wanted to ensure our readers were aware that one of our featured guest-authors has published and his book is now available for sale.… Read the rest
There are times in your leadership adventure when you need to take some time and perform a Leadership Check-up. The check-up I am discussing is a little more than a quick peek under the hood…it is an honest conversation with the leader in the mirror and maybe a few others too.
Everything in life requires observation, analysis, inspection, and often some adjustment. I propose that a leader is no different. Sometimes, we hear a strange noise, feel an unusual bump, or see something that says to us, “I need to check into that.” The challenge for many of us is to do it.… Read the rest
“Fail often so you can succeed sooner.”
Tom Kelley, Ideo Partner
One particular organization has produced more business owners than any other single institution in our nation’s history. If it is not obvious to you who this organization is, here are a couple more clues to help you figure it out:
- Leadership is a strong suit with this organization…not just talking about it, but teaching and practicing it. This institution also values strategic thinking and planning, promotes innovation and creative problem-solving, and clearly understands that mission execution is the characteristic that separates those who achieve from those who merely dream.
- Although these elements are certainly attributes emphasized in leading business schools, in this particular organization they are imparted less by lecture and more by example.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
Whether we’re at work or at home, to varying degrees, those around us don’t value or see events, situations or issues the we do or in the ways we prefer they would.
Chris R. Stricklin, writes in his most recent published Forbes piece, “Seven Lessons On Building Elite Teams For Disruptive Innovation,” that the first lesson in building elite teams is to “demand diversity of thought.”
Chris knows a thing or two about leading elite teams. As a former United States Air Force Colonel and Thunderbird Pilot his leadership responsibilities included leading a force of 7000 highly trained military members.… Read the rest
“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers who can cut through argument, debate and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.”
Successful organizations possess numerous attributes that distinguish them from their competitors. Leadership is the key component that contributes to the success of these effective teams. At the helm of these organizations is the individual hired to lead, whether they are the commander of a military unit, the CEO of a large corporation or the head of maintenance at an aviation operations company.
I have had the opportunity to lead both small and large military units who were tasked with conducting search and rescue operations for the U.S.… Read the rest