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November 2015: To My Sons: “Play to Win”

November 2015: To My Sons: “Play to Win”

“Upon the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds, that on other days, on other fields, will bear the fruits of victory”
– General Douglas MacArthur

Like General MacArthur I believe sports play a critical role in preparing us not just for fun and games but for life overall.

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October 2015: Want Results? You Need a Single Person of Accountability

October 2015: Want Results? You Need a Single Person of Accountability

Back in the military when I was 17 years old, I was taught an early and important lesson about leadership. If there two Privates are assigned to scrub toilets – one of them was in charge of scrubbing toilets. No matter how simple or complex a task is – always ensure there is someone who understands that they will ultimately be responsible and accountable for success or failure. This person is your SPA, Single Person of Accountability.

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April 2015: Leadership Skills For IT Professionals

I read an article in Harvard Business Review recently that really caught my attention. It discussed a recent CareerBuilder survey that found that only 34% of people want to become a manager. It was appropriately titled Most People Don’t Want to Be Managers.

While I was initially shocked at the low stat – I took a step back and understood that for many, they obviously prefer to be an individual contributor or subject matter expert. I come from the information technology industry and have seen many people over the years that would prefer to stay hands on and directly involved in the coding, architecture, or implementation. They don’t necessarily want a promotion and worry about being away from the action too long and missing the rapidly evolving technologies, platforms and hot trends. In many ways, they are right – the skills, priorities and tasks you spend time on are VERY different for a leader than a team member.

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February 2015: The Single Most Comprehensive Collection Of Military/Business Articles – Bar None.

Over the past couple of years I have been researching various topics associated with leadership. During this same time, I have been ask to keynote, coach, and mentor a number of Vets transitioning to business as well as various Vetrepreneurs. My message is always the same – “I know this is a difficult and uncertain time, but trust me the skills and lessons you learned in the military will translate quite well in the civilian world.” So I am sharing this set of articles I have been curating and boldly state the following – this is THE MOST comprehensive collection of articles on leadership and business based upon military service.

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July 2014: Is Leadership Training Worth It?

July 2014: Is Leadership Training Worth It?

In 1999, Gallup did a study. They polled of over 1 million professionals in 330 organizations worldwide. They determined that well managed work groups are 50% more productive and 44% more profitable. Stop. Re-read that last sentence. Well led teams perform better. Period. If that doesn’t make sense to you or you don’t agree it seems reasonable, feel free to stop here.

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