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Leadership Lesson: Humility Commands Respect, Hubris Doesn’t

At two of my speaking events this week, we included a Question-and-Answer period afterwards, and although the two audiences were quite different, I did field very similar questions.  The hardworking professionals at the New York Federal Reserve and the diligent students in the upper-level management class at UNC-Wilmington both asked me, among other things, about [...]

By | 2017-11-16T16:25:18+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Leadership|0 Comments

The Business Case for Hiring Veterans

In 2016, SHRM reported that more than two-thirds of organizations hiring full-time staff were having a difficult time recruiting for job openings1. Veterans often possess the experience, capabilities, attitude and desire for these open positions, but hiring veterans is difficult for many organizations due to a lack of understanding how their skills translate into the private [...]

By | 2017-10-31T13:18:30+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Veterans|0 Comments

Leadership in the Millennial Workplace

As someone who regularly speaks to corporations and associations about effective leadership and personal growth, I am often asked about Millennials and the supposed challenges they bring to today’s marketplace.  Sometimes I jokingly say that George Grant, the Navy Corpsman who saved my life in Iraq, was only 25 years old at the time, so [...]

By | 2017-10-11T16:59:11+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Leadership|0 Comments

Leadership and the Importance of Building Resiliency

The business world is changing, and it takes new skills and attitudes to be successful.  Resiliency is key mental attribute of successful leaders.  After all, if you are leading without a plan or purpose and are not fortifying yourself and your teammates, you will likely become overwhelmed by the pace of information and challenges hurtling [...]

By | 2017-10-03T16:40:31+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Leadership|0 Comments

Thoughts at the Train Station: Leadership Starts Locally

We’ve seen terrible destruction in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma – lost lives, entire towns leveled. We’ve also heard incredible stories of support, sacrifice and courage. Everyday people drove their boats straight into the dangerous floods to save the stranded. Complete strangers pulled one another to safety. Critical supplies were delivered to those [...]

By | 2017-09-21T11:11:53+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How Integrity Will Help You Make Better Business Decisions

Study after study has found that companies that have high, clear, and inspiring values consistently outperform other companies in the same industry who do not. We also know that those who perform at high levels are very clear about what they believe in, and those who perform at an average level are blurred as to [...]

By | 2017-09-15T09:10:49+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Leadership|0 Comments

3 Steps to Start Leading in Your Community

A quick Google search for “leadership development” will instantly provide thousands of links to courses you can take to learn how to be a better leader at work.  Naturally, those are important, but only apply to a certain percentage of our population.  Certainly, far more of us can find leadership opportunities in our local communities [...]

By | 2017-10-03T16:40:55+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Leadership|0 Comments

Preparing For Effective Leadership: 3 Key Focal Points For All of Us

Everyone can grow to be an excellent leader, if that is what you want to do. Leaders are made, not born.  And if you want to be an excellent leader, it is just like anything else - you have to study and watch others and learn and put your time in and become identified as [...]

By | 2017-09-15T09:16:31+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Law Firm Leadership: Developing and Implementing Your Vision

Winston Churchill said, “The empires of the future are empires of the mind.” Like many successful military and business leaders throughout the ages, Churchill knew that every desired goal starts with an exciting vision. True law firm leaders project into the future and imagine what that ideal future will look like. A big question a [...]

By | 2017-09-15T09:07:43+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Corporate Leadership – The Human Touch

PenFed has 1,500 employees, and we had the opportunity to talk with 400 of them while we were in Omaha.  And I think if more companies or government agencies did what James did, employees would be much happier in the workplace and feel more connected at work.  As I told James, due to the nature [...]

By | 2017-05-08T09:47:23+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments