On the eve of another Mother’s Day, as I’ve unfortunately done a few times in my history, I needed a not-too-subtle prompt, this time from an internet ad, to get me moving on buying my mom something for the day. Almost settling to just call her tomorrow, which is something I knew she’d be just fine with, I elected to try and do some quick internet shopping to order her some flowers. Looking through the on-line options back in my hometown of Midlothian, Texas, I was surprised to find several more choices than the two little stores from back when I was a kid.… Read the rest
“In order for a business unit, function or organization to obtain heretofore unrealized opportunities it is often necessary to have executives who work in the white space and find these opportunities”
Peter G. Spanberger, Ph.D
Don’t Do Anything. Sounds bad. After recently hearing from a senior military leader and observing organizational challenges around me, I believe that a senior leader who doesn’t “do” anything may be the best thing for an organization. “Do”ing too much can have a negative effect on your time, perspective, and messaging.
I was fortunate to be at meeting of senior military leaders where Vice Admiral “Ted” Carter was a guest speaker.… Read the rest
“99% of excuses come from people who make excuses”
Does anybody send cards to the President on President’s Day? It’s probably not a lucrative business model for Hallmark or American Greetings, as there would only be a handful of recipients available…but it’s worth a thought! Presidential character and growth has been the subject of much discussion over many generations–as the very feat of rising to such a pinnacle of leadership seems so daunting for many of us. What we fail to realize is that Presidents all started out like you and I–ordinary people honing their leadership skills and style through personal growth and experience. … Read the rest
Taking a break to celebrate a respite from our labors today. We will return to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow!
Thanks for tuning in to GeneralLeadership.com where we bring Advice from America’s Most Trusted Leaders to YOU!… Read the rest
“Keeping baggage from the past will leave no room for happiness in the future.”
Wayne L. Misner
Here’s a tip to add brilliance, shine and value contribution to your work and your personal brand. Try it.
I defy you to tell me it doesn’t get you noticed and known as an original workplace thinker when you work it right and apply it to a business direction, project and strategy piece.
Bring value by uncovering what is…
by DeCluttering what isn’t.
While others focus on value adding, you focus on subtracting what isn’t value rich. Don’t think what can be added. Or what’s missing.… Read the rest
Anyone can put their head down and power through life, however, it takes a mature person to understand that how you live is equally important as what you accomplish. -The Five Be’s
We sat in the Officer’s Club at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho: three lieutenants with cold beers in hand trying to impress each other with the hours we were working. It was a perverse matter of pride for us–and lots of others at the time–to brag about the amount of time we were working. Bragging about children’s birthdays missed, anniversaries spent away, and late nights was a badge of honor.… Read the rest