Insights Blog

Insights Blog

 

The goal of this newsletter is to present a roll up of some of the best articles, white papers, book reviews, and resources for leaders from the past 30 days. It will be designed to be a 60-90 second read with the ability to take a deeper look at an article or resource that catches your eye.

 

If you are looking for information on a specific topic (millennials, conflict, goal setting, training, mentoring, etc.) or you have an article yourself – please reach out. We can help.

 

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January 2015: What Makes US Navy SEALs So Special?

This past weekend like millions of others, I went to watch “American Sniper” and loved it. I also finally watched “Captain Phillips” on HBO this week. Tom Hanks was phenomenal. Both films highlight the elite Navy SEALs. I have yet to see “Lone Survivor”, but that is another real life combat story turned into a [...]

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December 2014: Two Things All Leaders Can Learn from Eagle Scouts

As part of TD Foundation I have had the great pleasure of working with two Boy Scouts as part of their Eagle Scout projects. One from New Jersey and one from Massachusetts. They both selected our charity to be the recipient of their project. When the second one approached me about a year after the first, I unknowingly offered to send him the first project plan. He insisted that he could not review or use the work of another Scout and must do it entirely by himself. No one would have known. I didn’t. But, he would have and that is all that mattered.

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November 2014: Delegation: What Are You Waiting For? A Practitioner’s Guide

A recently promoted friend of mine joined me for lunch. He had something on his mind. He loved being a manager and yet had difficulties passing on tasks to his team. 6 months into his new role he asked his former colleagues, now direct reports, for feedback on his performance so far – they said give us MORE. His own team was telling him to delegate more and do less of his old job. My buddy is not alone.

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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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September 2014: Why Everyone Needs a Good 60-second Elevator Pitch

Great leaders are great communicators. Not just giving guidance, or feedback, or even setting the vision. At its core, communication is about transmitting a message that is fully understood by the intended audience no matter how complex or new the topic. Therefore, this month for “Lead Like A Legend” we will discuss the importance of clear and careful communication.

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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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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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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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May 2014: Grit: Persistence Alone Is Omnipotent

I read a lot about performance, leadership, success, management, and relationships. Many will suggest that raw intelligence is the primary success factor (IQ), a more popular one in the past 25 years is (EQ) from an article called “Emotional Intelligence” by Peter Salovey and John “Jack” Mayer in 1990. Having a strong network and little bit of luck can be contributing factors as well argue others. But this month for 90-Second In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) blog I want to address a trait that I believe has a great deal to do with my own success as well as the success of many others. I want to talk about persistence.

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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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