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
“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 https://generalleadership.com/courage-skill/… Read the rest
If you are an insulated leader, you are missing the big picture. As a result, you are making decisions based upon poor—sometimes misleading—information. In today’s climate, you cannot afford to misinterpret the variables that make up your opportunity for a winning equation. Senior Curator and GeneralLeadership.com COO, Col Matthew T. Fritz reminds us to never be an insulated leader.… Read the rest
Join us tonight — LIVE — at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific) on SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125 & the David Webb Show! Tonight we will be debuting “The 12 Talents” with the first in a new series which will take us through this year.
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 #12Talents. We look forward to sharing with you!
Our lineup of exciting guests tonight include:
- Angela Maiers
Senior Curator and GeneralLeadership.com COO, Col Matthew T. Fritz reminds us our leadership style casts a shadow. Neglect it and your effectiveness suffers.… Read the rest
Speed, as any fighter pilot will tell you, is life!
Senior Curator and GeneralLeadership.com COO, Col Matthew T. Fritz shares the rivoting story of Captain Boyd’s Fighter endeavors and the model that emerged and changed our decision matrix. Matthew discusses how operating inside your opponents OODA loop—outmaneuvering, reacting quickly to their attempts to outmaneuver you, and confusing their attempts to adjust to your OODA loop—can be your key to success in many venues.… 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
“Watch your thoughts, they become words;
watch your words, they become actions;
watch your actions, they become habits;
watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
With this in mind, I challenge you to ask yourself the following questions about your leadership: “What type of seeds am I planting as a leader?”
Senior Curator and GeneralLeadership.com COO, Lt Col Mathew T. Fritz reminds discusses the leadership harvest. … Read the rest
Associate Curator and GeneralLeadership.com CGO, Colonel Chris R. Stricklin discusses the importance of friendship in leadership. … Read the rest
Senior Curator and GeneralLeadership.com COO, Col Matthew T. Fritz shares the challenges of complex change and strategy. What defines the difference between success and failure is the way leaders communicate their plan to the very teammates who will execute the moves they need made. Ask yourself…where are you leading your team? Do they know why the change matters? Better yet…can they tell the story with the same passion as you?… Read the rest
Senior Curator and GeneralLeadership.com COO, Lt Col Mathew T. Fritz discussed the importance of managing your leadership shadow.… 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
Senior Curator Matthew T. Fritz explains that insulation of a leader reduces intensity, flow or transfer of a stimulus. It can be acoustic, electrical, impact or thermal: the latter measured in R-value, or the true measure of the insulating material’s resistance. Measuring leadership R-value – that is, the amount of insulating resistance built into a team, which restricts the flow of valuable information among members—is critical for effective communication.… Read the rest
Overcoming the boundaries between the military community and society requires a deliberate effort to open our world. It is tempting to stay on our military bases, live in military communities and only talk to those we know. For the curators of The General Leadership Foundation, it is our mission to bring the experiences, principles and stories amassed through war and military life to the public. On the other side of this motivation, we want to learn from you, to garner your leadership principles and lessons from the non-military world. It is our belief leadership is a universal skill-set…and is defined by results, not attributes.… Read the rest
Senior Curator and GeneralLeadership.com COO, Lt Col Matthew Fritz shares the value of nurturing your fields of inclusion, commitment and selflessness towards stronger mission accomplishment anchored with deep-roots of team potential. With simple actions, you can share self-multiplying power within your team: A single thought (acted upon), a single word (spoken), a selfless deed (done). Each of these actions are seeds with the potential to motivate those around you to stretch farther, reach higher, and grow stronger than they previously thought possible.… Read the rest