Getting Comfortable with Making Mistakes

Many people put off the dream of starting their own business because they are afraid to fail. The truth is, about half of all new businesses will fail in the first five years. But that also means that half will succeed. If you’re thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, consider the six points that I wrote... Continue Reading →

10 Steps to Survive and Thrive in Your First Leadership Job

  I had all the wisdom of a 23-year-old and all the experience of a junior officer who spent the past year in Naval training schools. In other words, I had no idea what I was doing. But I was in charge. My first leadership job was taking over the Reactor Controls Department on the... Continue Reading →

Great Leaders Aren’t Afraid to Love Their Teams

One frustrating thing I see in leaders from time to time is a negative attitude towards people. Many choose a career in leadership who don’t like dealing with people. Unfortunately, they usually find they are less effective as a leader with this mindset. The reason is that leadership is inherently a people business. "Leadership is... 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 →

The Truth about Authenticity

  While fake news is often hard to spot, phony advertising, inauthentic companies, and fake people aren’t. I was listening to my favorite podcast the other day and I heard it. I wasn’t listening for it, but it was obvious. Commercials on podcasts usually involve the host telling you how great a product or service... Continue Reading →

3 Reasons Why Leaders Need a No Whining Policy

When Pope Francis tells you to stop whining, you know there is power in the message. Since becoming the new pope, Francis has been a model of humility, empathy, and compassion. It’s obvious he cares deeply for people, especially the poor and oppressed. But a few weeks back, he did something that made headlines. He installed a... 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 →

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 →

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 Morning People Revealed, mornings are uniquely important in five distinct ways: Your willpower is at its highest Your mind is less scattered You’re less likely to be interrupted You increase the... Continue Reading →

3 Reasons Why the Struggle is More Important than the Goal

I’m not a runner, but I ran six half-marathons once. Growing up in New England, it was always a dream to one day run the Boston Marathon but training for and running six half-marathons was all I needed to realize how difficult that would be. I learned that running is hard and running long distances... Continue Reading →

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