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“There is something in you that you have to offer other people that is refreshing to them because it represents something that they don’t have. Finding your confidence in that is much more valuable than trying to compensate by pretending to be efficient in areas that you are not. -Steven Furtick
I find that observing the challenges of my children offers some very good insights into relationships and leadership. Recently, I have discussed circumstances with my children that relate to expectations and how to play a leadership role that led me to reflect on the Leadership Experience. Is the leadership experience something to be chased, or something to create on your own?… Read the rest
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
“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
“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
“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
“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”
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
“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
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
If you can’t be a good example, you’ll just have to be a horrible warning.
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
“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.