Leader Development

First-Line Supervisors Do The Most Important Training

I was thumbing through my dog-eared and highlighted copy of Cigars Whiskey & Winning Leadership Lessons from General Ulysses S. Grant in which Lesson 31 states that; Grant recognized that his top priority was to prepare his regiment for battle.

How Do You Develop Strength of Character and Adaptive Leaders?

Don Vandergriff discusses leader development and the importance of developing strength of character and why that is important attribute or value to have as it relates to doing things better by challenging the system. He touches on Boyd and problem solving via the OODA Loop when handling complex problems. Focusing on developing leaders of character and do whats right verses whats right for you!

Don’t Fear Failure; Instead Make Failure Your Classroom


“Failure = Normal = Good. ("Reward excellent failure. Punish mediocre success." "Fail faster. Succeed sooner." "Fail. Forward. Fast.") ~Tom Peters

Adaptability is Key in Handling Crisis Situations…Be In Command and Out Of Control

“…the first thing I told our staff is that we would be in command and out of control,” Van Riper says echoing the words of management guru Kevin Kelly. “By that, I mean that the overall guidance and the intent were provided by me and the senior leadership, but the forces in the field wouldn’t depend on intricate orders coming from the top. They were to use their own initiative and be innovative as they went forward….” Paul Van Riper, US Marine commander.

For Meaningful Lasting Results, Get Into the Weeds…and Identify Root Causes

fishing weeds

I have over the years often heard the term “we need to get out of the weeds and solve this problem” I have even heard “I don’t want to hear the problem give me the solutions!” Whatever happened to Charles Kettering‘s idea that; “A problem well stated is a problem half-solved?”

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