The One Trait That Makes Veterans Invaluable Employees

Why do some people succeed while others give up? What is it that allows certain individuals to endure the toughest challenges without wavering? Is it education, training, upbringing, connections, social status, or money? The answer may surprise you. In one of the most significant business books that has been written in the past ten years,... Continue Reading →

The Best Way to Thank a Veteran this Veteran’s Day

This Veteran’s Day, don’t thank a veteran, hire a veteran. It will be the best thing you ever did for your company. “If you are in a position to hire, hire a veteran. They will be the best employees you have.” Robert Bosch As of September 2017, more than 309,000 veterans are out of work.... Continue Reading →

Looking to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone? Hire a Navy Seal

“Don’t get too comfortable. Ever.” Navy Seal Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. We’ve all probably read this quote or seen something like it on Instagram. Deep down, we know personal growth comes when we depart our comfort zone. Many of us are willing to step outside our comfort zone for short... Continue Reading →

Remembering 9/11: Lessons in Crisis Leadership

  The world changed on September 11, 2001. And as a leader, I changed too. I was seven years out of the Navy and leading my first manufacturing plant. My time in the military was over and I had started a new career running a factory which made products for the electric utility industry.  The... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Everyone Can Help Give Veterans a Fighting Chance

I remember the feeling I had stepping off the USS Tennessee for the last time. It was 1994, I was 26 years old, and I had no idea what I was going to do next. For the five years I served on active duty, the Navy pretty much told me what to do. They also... Continue Reading →

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 swept across France, crossed the Rhine and charged straight into the heart of Germany.  In 1945, his troops captured more than 10,000 square miles of enemy territory in one 10-day... Continue Reading →

The Four C’s of Leadership

"A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent." Douglas MacArthur Douglas MacArthur, arguably one... Continue Reading →

The Man in the Arena – 107 Years Later

107 years ago today, Theodore Roosevelt delivered a speech called "Citizenship In A Republic" at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France. In that speech, he included a section known as "The Man in the Arena." To this day, it remains my favorite Roosevelt speech because it reminds me of my time in the military and the years I... Continue Reading →

Six Reasons You Need to Hire a Veteran Today

Hiring is tough. Finding the right person who will make a great employee is one of the hardest jobs we do as leaders. We are searching for that rare individual who will come into our organization and make a difference quickly. If only there was an easier way. If only there was a pool of potential employees... Continue Reading →

10 Leadership Lessons I Learned Living on a Nuclear Submarine

My first job out of college was my dream job. I served as a Naval Officer on a nuclear submarine, the USS Tennessee. In five years, I earned my “dolphins” (qualified submarine officer) and was certified as a naval nuclear engineer. I made seven deployments and spent around 540 days underwater. Yes, that’s a year and a half under... Continue Reading →

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