A Leader’s True Mission is the Greater Good

A Leader’s True Mission is the Greater Good

The Greater Good
The Marine Corps is all about doing more with less.  If ever there was an organization able to solve a problem with a paperclip and a rubber band, the Corps would be it.  Move over MacGyver.

Though there were limited funds and always more problems to solve than money available, there was still visible waste.  Like any other organization, a lot of it was driven by process more than necessity.
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A Simple Solution for Creating Achievable Goals

A Simple Solution for Creating Achievable Goals

A simple solution for creating achievable goals
If you are naturally goal-oriented, then achieving success could be as simple as deciding you want something and then going after it.  But what if you are not naturally goal-oriented?

I believe that anyone can achieve great things, using interim goals and incentives as a way to move forward along a challenging path.  The trick is – not anyone can use just any incentive.  You have to find the right one(s) for you.
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The Transition from Frustration to Compassion – Star Wars Edition

The Transition from Frustration to Compassion – Star Wars Edition

Transition from Frustration to Compassion
During vacation, I experienced a rare and precious treat.  My  son and I watched the original Star Wars with my father, who took me to see it when I was my son’s age.  Every time I see the movie, I experience it in a new light, relative to on-going challenges and opportunities in life and leadership.

Over the last few weeks, I have had a number of conversations with members of my organization regarding the need to move past initial frustration to a place of compassion when interacting with others.  While watching A New Hope, I realized that the transformation of Darth Vader provides a context for looking beyond the mask we all show to the world, to what is really driving the person underneath.
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An Engaging Idea for City-Friendly Team Building

An Engaging Idea for City-Friendly Team Building

City Friendly Team
I try to write once a week consistently.  This week, I’m sharing my post a little early because I don’t know what my schedule will bring over the next few days.  My father (aka “the Colonel”) is coming into town.  We don’t get to see each other often, so when we’re together, I try to keep email and work in check to focus on family first.  That said, this week I thought I’d share a new idea regarding team building, something that sometimes stretches the limits of my creativity.

My current team is spread out across 3 states in two different time zones.  They all work independently for the most part, so varying geographies and the nature of the work don’t make for frequent interaction across the entire team.
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The Many Faces of Leadership

The Many Faces of Leadership

Faces of Leadership
I recently read an article by Jessica Hagy, a contributor at Forbes.com, titled “The 6 people you need in your corner.”  The article is about having those individuals in your life or on your team that push you, drive you to be better, cheer you on when you need it, or expand your reach so that you can achieve incredible things.

As I was reading, I was immediately thinking about who I have in my life and what categories they all fall into.  Do I have a cheerleader?  Do I want or need one?  Who doesn’t want to achieve great things?  To have a formula for getting there…Awesome.
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