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
“…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
You ask, and we listen—and this article is the first in a series to address our primary mission of providing “Leadership Advice from America’s Most Trusted Leaders!”
Justin, a reader from California, wrote us with the following question:
“I will be joining a team that is already formed and will be their Director. It is a team of 15 that is operating off site at a large client’s place of business. Where I have a question is that from everything I’m seeing, the client is difficult to please, and the staff that I’m taking over is less than professional. The VP that I interviewed with noted that they need a strong leader to shape up the current staff or to remake the staff.… Read the rest
It’s that exciting time of the month again when you have the opportunity to interact with us LIVE on SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125 at 9pm Eastern (8 Central, 7 Mountain, 6 Pacific) Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015. This special “12-Talents” broadcast will feature David Webb, General John E. Michel, Colonel Matthew T. Fritz and our special guests:
- Lieutenant General Michelle D. Johnson, US Air Force: Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson is Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy,Colorado Springs, Colo. She directs a four-year regimen of military training, academics, athletic and character development programs leading to a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission as a second lieutenant.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Few people–even the greatest among us–start out with the intention of changing the world with their ideas. Most simply want to change their ecosystem…then the dream grows wings and the idea takes hold.
Why is that? Quite simply, we often find that our best ideas are shared. Shared ideas ignite passion and motivate involvement. Such can be said for the ideas, passion and motivation of Dr. King–a systems thinker who worked through boundaries, walls and ceilings to advocate for a better world.… Read the rest
“The first principle of architectural beauty is that the essential lines of a construction be determined by a perfect appropriateness to its use.”
(designer of the Eiffel Tower)
Trying to Fly When the
Dashboard Gets in the Way
“You are cleared for the approach…,” relays Edwards Air Force Base air traffic control as my copilot and I began the well-choreographed cockpit dance that followed such announcements. I focused my attention outside the aircraft at the Southern California Mojave-desert landscape and managed the flying side of the responsibilities. By contrast, my copilot fixated on the myriad of button presses, page-over’s, screen scans and the eventual cursing under her breath as she attempted to wrestle the flight management system into submission to give us the necessary displays. … Read the rest
Sadly, the following is a true story: I had been tasked to provide a briefing to a leader whose reputation had preceded him by a wide margin. This particular leader was extremely powerful in his area of performance, and was widely known for a brash personality. When my colleague and I had been appointed to share our briefing with this leader, the enmity he was rumored to feel towards our branch of the organization was at an all time high. Contrary to what you might expect I looked forward to this brief like no other.… 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
PRESS RELEASE – SAN DIEGO, California (GeneralLeadership.com) July 4, 2014 – Tony Robbins and Robbins Research International announced today a generous gift for active-duty military members serving in Afghanistan and their families in the form of complimentary access to Tony Robbins’ MILITARY ULTIMATE EDGE program. This personalized online resource, normally available to the public at $299, was provided free of charge to directly address personal resilience challenges that effect combat-veterans in the U.S. Military and their families. Active-duty U.S. Military members who have served, or are serving, in Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as their spouses and children, can access this complimentary resource at
The MILITARY ULTIMATE EDGE program is the culmination of over three decades of Tony’s work, helping over 50 million people in 100 countries overcome obstacles and achieve results they desire. … Read the rest
The scene — Fighter Weapon School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada: “40-seconds and your mine,” snarled a confident Air Force Captain John Boyd to his challengers. “Meet me at 30,000 feet on my tail. I’ll reverse and get you in my guns in 40-seconds…or I’ll give you 40 dollars!”
Quite a wager for a Captain in the 1950’s by any standards—even more so when the challenge is laid at the feet of pilots at the premier fighter training facility in the country. Invariably, students found themselves in front of him wishing they’d never taken the bet.… Read the rest
At the end of May, we launched the 2014 Reader Survey. This is the first time we have done this exercise, and we have benefited enormously from your participation. Ultimately, we think it also benefits you, because it helps us improve our blog and our services.
We feel it is important to summarize and share our results. We also want to share the conclusions we have come to because of the data. A very large portion of you has completed the survey so far, and we are always interested in hearing your opinions and feedback.
If we summarized the results into a typical “reader profile,” it would look like this: Our typical reader is a male (66%) between the ages of 30–59 (66%).… Read the rest
Join us — LIVE Wednesday, 14 May — at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific) on SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125 & the David Webb Show! We’re a week-off-sequence this month in order to bring you a special 2-hour Memorial-Day themed event as we feature heroes from all US conflicts.
Join us on the air by calling into the show at 866-957-2874. You can also follow along on Twitter @GenLeadBlog and @davidwebbshow with hashtags: #GeneralLeadership #MemorialDay. We look forward to sharing with you!
Our lineup of exciting guests tonight:
In keeping with this month’s theme, we will showcase “National Heroes” both in and out of conflict.… Read the rest
OH! THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!
You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.
Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss)
Its 9:45am at Chicago’s O’Hare International Terminal as American Airlines Flight 1693 hums patiently at Gate K18 on the snow-covered ramp as passengers take their seats. In seat 27E of the Boeing 737-800 sits 8-year old Jim Nelson—excited and eager for his first airplane flight. His parents have done a great job keeping the destination a secret as they place their bags in the overhead compartment and smile knowingly to one another while buckling up on either side of him. … Read the rest
Join us — LIVE Wednesday, 2 April — at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific) on SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125 & the David Webb Show! This is our 10th installment of the “12 Virtues of Leadership” series and tonight we feature the virtue of “Grace.”
Join us on the air by calling into the show at 866-957-2874. You can also follow along on Twitter @GenLeadBlog and @davidwebbshow with hashtags: #GeneralLeadership #Grace. We look forward to sharing with you!
Our lineup of exciting guests tonight include Military Spouses:
In keeping with this month’s theme, we will showcase “Selfless Service” through true American-heros, the military spouse.… Read the rest