Blog Posts

If you have been following my writing for a while or just joined in, you probably know that I care deeply about leadership.

To be honest, I started writing about leadership because I was tired of hearing stories about bad bosses. I was tired of seeing studies showing that 70% of employees were unengaged & uninterested at work.

There is a leadership problem in business today that needs to be addressed.

I’ve written dozens of blog posts dealing with everything from micromanagers to customer complaints. Take a look and let me know what you think. I’m always interested in hearing your feedback.

I also publish stories on Substack. Check it out here.

Why Leadership Matters
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Jon Rennie

Why Leadership Matters

One leader can make a difference in any situation and any organization. You might have seen the news this week that Ernest Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance, was discovered

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a high-performing team requires a sense of belonging
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Jon Rennie

A Sense of Belonging

Can you remember a time when you felt like you really belonged? For me, it was the day I became a submariner. During the pinning

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Radical Transparency
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Jon Rennie

Radical Transparency

Have you ever sat through an annual performance review and had that awkward feeling? Like your boss was not giving you true feedback? Like they

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Driving out Despair
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Jon Rennie

Driving out Despair

A recent guest on the Deep Leadership podcast, Steven Mays, got me thinking. He said that one of the most important actions a leader must take

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Chief Petty Officer Submaines
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Jon Rennie

Who’s Your Chief?

When I was just 23 years old, fresh out of submarine school, I was given my first leadership job. I was assigned to lead the

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why good employees go bad
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Why Good Employees Go Bad

Let’s talk about employee engagement. According to Gallup, only 34% of U.S. workers are engaged and enthusiastic about their jobs and companies. And, it’s a

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facing a crisis
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The Crisis We Face

I’ll be frank. I’m concerned about the state of leadership in corporate America. Every day I hear a new “bad boss” story.  One person told

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calm under pressure
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Jon Rennie

Calm Under Pressure

“Losing your head in a crisis is a good way to become the crisis.” C.J. Redwine Dealing with Bad News It wasn’t what I wanted

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mission minded leader
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Jon Rennie

The Mission-Minded Leader

It Starts with the Mission Great leaders are mission-minded. They are also great communicators. They understand the importance of clear, concise, and continuous communications with

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Father and Son Going Surfing
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Jon Rennie

A Good Leader Has Your Back

Strong leaders support their employees and create a high performing culture. Those that don’t create an organization based on fear. I had spent thousands of dollars

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leadership
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Jon Rennie

Too Busy to Lead?

“The managers of this company just don’t care.” That was the feedback I received from one of the production workers and I was trying to

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U.S. Pacific Fleet Thanksgiving
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Jon Rennie

Deployed for Christmas

“I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams” – Bing Crosby I never liked eggnog. As a young man, I hadn’t really developed

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US Flags
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Jon Rennie

Remembering 9/11

“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.” —Sandy Dahl, wife of

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Jon S. Rennie leadership
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Jon Rennie

Communicating Bad News

It’s never easy telling people bad news. As a leader, I have had more than my share of experience telling employees things they didn’t want

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get up and get going
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Jon Rennie

Get Up & Get Going!

“It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.” Aristotle As I wrote about in The Secrets of

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Patton on Micromanagement

“Keep on advancing… whether we go over, under, or through the enemy,” General Patton told his troops, and they did. Under his leadership, the 3rd Army

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None of the Above

  Fair warning, this is not my typical article. It’s not about leadership, business, careers, culture, entrepreneurship, or the military. But it’s related. This post

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One Kind Word

Today, one of my colleagues gave me the ultimate compliment.  In front of my boss and several other senior leaders, he told me something very meaningful.

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The Gifts Leaders Give

This is the time of the year where we think about gifts. Whether it’s Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or Small Business Saturday, we are thinking

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