Leadership Development

August 2015: Why You Should Have A Written Leadership Philosophy

In the summer of 1992 I was a junior officer assigned to the US Army’s prestigious Berlin Brigade, whose Cold War mission to counter Soviet strength in Germany’s historic capital had changed drastically with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the USSR. We would now be a rapid deployment force available for missions anywhere in Europe. Practically, this meant a unit designed to fight on foot in a large city now had to be ready to take on tank formations anywhere on the continent. The transition was a huge challenge; frankly, many of the leaders had no idea how we were going to get the job done.

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June 2015: Green Berets: Business and Leadership Advice from the Original Special Forces

When I was growing up, I hadn’t heard of “Special Ops”, Navy SEALS or even a Delta Force. I thought we had one group – THE SPECIAL FORCES who wore Green Berets and were the best of the best the U.S. military had to offer. Now we have US Special Operations Command USSOCOM and all the branches have an elite Special Operations unit or units.

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October 2014: Setting and Communicating S.M.A.R.T. Goals

October 2014: Setting and Communicating S.M.A.R.T. Goals

I wanted to write this month about delegation – something that many struggle with from newly promoted first time managers to the most experienced managers who simply just take on too much. But, to properly address delegation, a leader must have a firm grasp on and become proficient in setting, communicating, monitoring, and evaluating goals. I feel the easiest way to accomplish this is through the use of S.M.A.R.T. goals format. So let’s cover that topic first and delegation second.

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