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There are times in your leadership adventure when you need to take some time and perform a Leadership Check-up. The check-up I am discussing is a little more than a quick peek under the hood…it is an honest conversation with the leader in the mirror and maybe a few others too.

Everything in life requires observation, analysis, inspection, and often some adjustment. I propose that a leader is no different. Sometimes, we hear a strange noise, feel an unusual bump, or see something that says to us, “I need to check into that.” The challenge for many of us is to do it.… Read the rest

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“Be enthusiastic as a leader. You can’t light a fire with a wet match.”
-Author Unknown

It’s your stage, what do you do with it? As leaders, we are out in front of our organizations and they take cues from us. Our language, body language, and how we discuss and frame challenges can have a big effect on the culture and morale of the organization. I believe it is necessary for a leader to be able present themselves in a positive and constructive way, despite the challenges. Though this does not play a role in solving the challenges being faced, it inspires the people in the organization to keep aspiring to solve problems and meet those challenges.… Read the rest

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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Few people–even the greatest among us–start out with the intention of changing the world with their ideas.  Most simply want to change their ecosystem…then the dream grows wings and the idea takes hold.

Why is that?  Quite simply, we often find that our best ideas are shared.  Shared ideas ignite passion and motivate involvement.  Such can be said for the ideas, passion and motivation of Dr. King–a systems thinker who worked through boundaries, walls and ceilings to advocate for a better world.… Read the rest

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As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

It’s that festive time of the year when we pause to spend time with our families and focus on what is important: our relationships.  As a result, we turn off the monitors, switch off the laptops, close the books and take off or reading glasses for a short period while we recharge our batteries and sharpen our pencils for the new year.  From all of us at GeneralLeadership.com, please enjoy the happiest of holidays!… Read the rest

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“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”
Meister Eckhart

In 1863, in the midst of a Civil War that had been raging for more than two years and shortly following the Union victories at Vicksburg and Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation to Americans:
“Set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving.” 
His wish for all of us was to “solemnly, reverently and gratefully” acknowledge the nation’s many blessings.

From our table to yours, and to the tables of our brothers and sisters who are serving, and have served, America’s call to be away from home and family during this special holiday, we send our solemn, reverent and grateful thanks.… Read the rest

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“Admiration of the Nation
We’re the finest ever seen
And we glory in the title
Of United States Marines”

Early words to the last stanza of the first verse of the “Marines’ Hymn”

Happy 241st Birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps!  On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia, and passed a resolution stating that “two Battalions of Marines be raised” for service as landing forces with the fleet. This resolution established the Continental Marines and marked the birth of the United States Marine Corps.  Since then, Marines have participated in all the wars of the United States, and in most cases were the first service members to fight. … Read the rest

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Armistice Day parade – 1929 – Boston
(Source: Boston Public Library)

“…solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom.”
President Dwight D. Eisenhower

On November 11, 1918–after more than four years of bloody fighting by over 70 million soldiers from as many as 100 countries, an armistice was signed in France between the Allies and Germany bringing World War I to a close. At the time, H.G. Wells coined the term “the war to end all wars,” referring to the conflict that left more than 9-million lives on the battlefield and countless others forever changed.… Read the rest

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If you can’t be a good example, you’ll just have to be a horrible warning.
Anonymous

How important is it to represent the organization properly? This question has come to mind in rapid-fire succession these past few weeks as we witness people doing exactly the wrong things while representing their organizations on a daily or weekly basis.

I was raised in a family that taught me to always do the right thing because others were watching and you did not want to tarnish the family name. This was simple ethics: an established standard of behavior based upon doing a good (right) thing.… Read the rest

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“It follows then as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious.”
President George Washington

Happy 241st Birthday to the U.S. Navy!  On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress established a naval force, hoping that a small fleet would be able to offset the uncontested exercise of British sea power.  From these humble beginnings, the world’s most powerful naval force was born. With thousands of ships and aircraft serving worldwide, the U.S. Navy is the pre-eminent naval force to be reckoned with.

Tough, Bold and Ready!… Read the rest

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“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore”
Christopher Columbus

It’s a seldom discussed fact that Christopher Columbus nearly missed his chance to make the history books in his 1492 discovery of the “New World.” Had his ship sailed on yet one day longer without sighting land, they would have turned around and headed back to Spain on the 12th of October. The truth is, he had a slight followership problem to contend with—and his own deception nearly cost him historical immortality. Along the way, his crew had grown unruly and restless, which prompted him to start “cooking the books” and keeping a separate set of records: one for his eyes only and the other he shared with his crew.… Read the rest

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