To Bring Your Plans to Life, You Need a Dedicated Crew

“Officers and crew of the United States Gerald R. Ford, man our ship and bring her to life!” commanded Susan Ford Bales, daughter of President Ford and sponsor of the newest U.S. aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford. The command was answered by sailors in crisp, white uniforms peeling off formation and running to... Continue Reading →

Trust and Speed: Lessons from Percy Barnevik

How do you get a large, multinational company to move fast? You do what Percy Barnevik did at ABB in the late 80's and early 90's. You push decision making to the lowest level and embed a culture of decisiveness at all levels. What seems like a simple idea is actually very difficult. For large companies,... Continue Reading →

Stop Expecting People to be Perfect

I have written many times that leadership is a people business. It's about motivating and challenging people to accomplish big things. If you don't like people, you shouldn't be a leader. The truth is, people are messy. They have fears, anxieties, quirks, annoying habits, hangups, issues, and problems. Each member of your team is probably... Continue Reading →

Gathering of Six Active-Duty Marine Corps Four-Star Generals

At one time in history, the Marine Corps had six active-duty four-star generals. On April 19, 2013, they gathered at the home of the Commandant of the Marine Corps where this epic picture was taken. "Old Breed, New Breed, there's not a damn bit of difference so long as it's the Marine Breed." Chesty Puller... Continue Reading →

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