ICYMI

August 2014: Why is the Army’s AAR Such a Powerful Leadership Tool?

Just over a month ago my company completed and submitted a major proposal that could be worth millions over the next 5 years if we win the contract. We spent about 6 weeks researching and writing it. More than 20 people were involved including numerous outside subject matter expert consultants. In the end we got the proposal submitted on time. But, just like every project, it wasn’t without some bumps, set-backs, surprises (not the good kind), and hiccups along the way. The worst part is that some of the mistakes were repeated from previous similar proposal efforts involving many of the same team players. We will do this type project again in the not too distant future. So, this time we decided one week later to gather everyone together just like we did at the kick off meeting and conduct an After Action Review (AAR). Now I am confident that the next time we do it, we will do it better – not perfect, just better.

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June 2014: 11 Timeless Principles of Leadership (US Army 1948)

The 11 principles of leadership were first developed in 1948 and first published in an Army Field Manual on Leadership in 1951 more than 60 years ago. What is fascinating is that they are still taught, basically unmodified, ever since. Today they are still used by all the Armed Forces in basic training including Marines, Air Force, and Navy – from entry level privates to officers at all levels. Why are they still unchanged after being reviewed every few years for 60+ years by different people over the course of time? Whenever I conduct leadership courses and seminars I challenge my attendees to find a 12th. Is there one missing? Perhaps – but what principle is not covered? What area or behavior should be added?

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April 2014: Money is the only TRUE Motivator

April 2014: Money is the only TRUE Motivator

April Fools!! Money is not the best motivator. Certainly, you need to pay someone what they are worth (fair market salary, decent benefits, etc). Plus, everyone likes a little bonus every now and then. But…study after study proves that after a certain income level (and that does vary by location a bit) money is not a primary motivator nor will make someone try harder or become more loyal or engaged.

The REAL title of this month’s 90-Second In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) blog is:
Motivating WITHOUT Money.

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March 2014: Leadership Lessons from Cartoons

I wanted to follow up on my lessons from TV Shows blog in January with a quick one on lessons from movie and TV cartoons. I recently took my 2 and 3 year old boys to “The Lego Movie”. Big mistake! It was not “G” it was “PG” and I learned an important lesson in parenting. Don’t get me wrong – it was a fun movie – but the violence level was not appropriate for toddlers. That experience aside, many cartoons characters often face a difficult task, have to build a team, forge relationships, set goals, have formidable competitors or enemies, and face challenges. The other reason I like cartoons for leadership role models is that rarely do they have a position or title – they are peer leaders, or reluctantly become leaders through setting the example and their persistence or drive toward a goal. Most importantly they become natural leaders of their group or band of misfits because of their VALUES.

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February 2014: Do You Deserve an Executive Coach?

What do Michael Jordan, Bill Clinton, and Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO of Google have in common? They all have had coaches helping guide them and working with them to optimize their performance. Coaching isn’t just for the C-Suite or troubled staffers anymore. This month for ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) we look at the increasing trend for senior executives and more junior high potentials investing in a professional coach.

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January 2014: Want Leadership Lessons? Watch More TV

This month for “In Case You Missed It” we explore some lessons from TV shows and characters. Each year I have the same new year’s resolution – watch less TV. It really is an addiction and doesn’t add much to the quality of my life. It goes beyond a few favorite “must see” shows – sometimes I just plop on the couch and surf mindlessly. Not good. But, this year, while my resolution to cut back remains, I take some solace that perhaps I am catching some golden leadership nuggets as I enjoy my guilty pleasure. No TV leadership list would be complete without some Captain Kirk – but there are some surprising sources here too.

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December 2013: 14 Things List (New Top 10?)

This month for “In Case You Missed It” I roll up a few Top 14 lists. Did I miss the memo – or is 14 the new “Top 10” ? As you know I love “Top Lists” so when I saw one with 14 – it clearly caught my eye and I had to chuckle because it made me think of “This is Spinal Tap” and the classic scene where he describes how their amps and equipment all go the extra number to eleven for that extra sound. So, in this case the magic number is not 3, 5, 10 or 20. I liked each of these and so for this month – 14 is the number of leadership and management tips.

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November 2013: Motivating Millennials

This month for “In Case You Missed It” we discuss cross generational leadership. The funny thing is that each generation of Americans (and perhaps other countries too) often talk about how much harder they had it or how much harder they work(ed) – often looking down at “those darn kids” that represent the next generation of great performers and great leaders. Enjoy these articles because they do point out shared experiences and some cultural trends that have shaped different generations’ opinions and approaches to life and work – but do not assume these apply to someone you know based upon age alone. 30 people work for you?? You need 30 motivation plans.

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October 2013: How To Manage Up

This month for “In Case You Missed It” we discuss a sensitive topic that many struggle with. It comes up EVERY leadership course I teach. “How do I manage my boss?” or “I know what good leadership is now…but my boss is terrible…what do I do?” So here are a few good articles I dug up on the topic.

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July 2013: Are Women Better Leaders than Men?

In this month’s ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) we explore the leadership strengths and remaining challenges for women leaders. There is some great stuff in here from McKinsey which has published a series of reports since 2007.

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