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Periodic interviews focused on goodness and leadership

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Leadership Story | Leaders Understand Energy

It has been a privilege getting to know a Christian-based organization following an open-enrollment Leadership Excellence Course this summer at the USAF Academy. We may ask ourselves, what does a Christian-based organization have to do with leadership? Good question. Let’s consider the scope of our follow on engagement, an Energize2Lead Workshop. Energy has a great deal to do with leadership. How many of us would ever say we we were energized by a demotivating leader, or more simply, a sourpuss? Not likely. Tony Schwartz comes to mind, especially during the U.S. Open tennis tournament, since he has coached many tennis pros. Tony focuses on managing our energy levels, and that we can apply that to our own effectiveness as leaders. According to Tony, we have four personal energy dimensions: Physical, Emotional, Mental, and Spiritual. We’re probably pretty comfortable talking about our physical energy levels, with diet and exercise such everyday topics. How many of the other three di...

2 MIN2019 SEP 16
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Leadership Story | Leaders Understand Energy

Coaching Story | Leaders Create an Energizing Environment

One of the attendees at our most recent Academy Leadership Excellence Courses hosted at the USAF Academy shared a realization both on the first day to our group of eleven, and afterward during our one-on-one follow-on executive coaching sessions. Here’s what happened. Much of the first day of a Leadership Excellence Course is focused on learning about ourselves, in particular, what energizes us so that we may energize and perhaps inspire others. This attendee shared his reflection that over the past six months his working environment had changed — from one energizing to someone who prefers an independent course of action — to a more compliance, rules-based day to day routine. In addition, he was increasingly left out of decision-making processes, which he has both an instinctive need for and was brought up believing people ought to include others when making choices. Keep in mind this attendee had been successfully working 2.5 years on a really cool project.Attending the course p...

3 MIN2019 SEP 2
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Coaching Story | Leaders Create an Energizing Environment

Episode 25 - Interview with Brandon Lark, President of Great Southwestern Construction, Inc.

In Episode 25, we meet a next-generation business leader, who focuses as much on people as results, Brandon Lark. Starting out “in the field” as a Superintendent and Project Manager, Brandon was appointed President of Great Southwestern Construction in May of 2014. While a Vice President, Brandon launched a broad-based leadership development initiative, which has included working with Academy Leadership. Brandon first attended a three-day Leadership Excellence Course in November 2013, and has subsequently focused on aligning Great Southwestern Construction around a set of common core values as defined by everyone within the company and his own Personal Leadership Philosophy.

31 MIN2019 AUG 20
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Episode 25 - Interview with Brandon Lark, President of Great Southwestern Construction, Inc.

Coaching Story | Leaders Continuously Grow

At a recent Leadership Excellence Course hosted at the United States Air Force Academy, one of the attendees both had and shared a significant realization and growth experience. With Roger’s permission, it’s worth sharing with you: Team, I was going to share the following with you tomorrow at our all hands. Unfortunately, that schedule did not hold up. Given that all of us have so many things going on right now, I could not find a time when I thought we could get together as a team before most of you deploy out to Montana, or South Dakota. While communicating with you in this regard is not ideal, and definitely is not what I had hoped to do, I felt it was necessary to at least get this too you with some brief explanation. Recently, I had the privilege of participating in a truly extraordinary learning experience. During this time, I was provided an opportunity, and the tools to evaluate what my personal leadership philosophy was. It was a very tough, introspective journey that dir...

3 MIN2019 JUL 31
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Coaching Story | Leaders Continuously Grow

Leadership Story | Leaders Are Transparent

After binge-watching the powerful HBO miniseries Chernobyl: https://www.hbo.com/chernobyl my thoughts turned to our country and the ongoing issue with Boeing’s 737 MAX. What’s common to both events? A single word: Transparency. Or, the lack of it. The first episode of Chernobyl highlights — at the individual and at the organizational level — consequences of not sharing information, or the truth, especially at the beginning of an accident. Any viewer of the series will be struck by the breathtaking denial of the reactor core explosion, and how many lives, such as those of the firefighters in the first episode, will later horribly end in an isolated Moscow hospital due to massive radiation poisoning. Let’s turn to the 737 MAX events. After two overseas fatal accidents, both during takeoff, many questions arose about similarities leading to the crashes. Following a series of articles in the Wall Street Journal, it quickly becomes apparent that not everyone at Boeing was sharing vi...

3 MIN2019 JUN 16
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Leadership Story | Leaders Are Transparent

Coaching Story | Great Leaders Create Alignment

At an in-house Leadership Excellence Course last week multiple attendees realized, that from their position in the corporate hierarchy, the mission of the company was not as clear as it should be. This affects the teams they are responsible for, and may be addressed in multiple ways, which were discussed in several of our nine leadership workshops. Here are three examples. First, the corporate mission may be included or referenced in their Personal Leadership Philosophy, for both possible introduction and reinforcement. Second, during the Aligning and Accomplishing Goals workshop, multiple attendees observed that a lack of knowledge of broader corporate goals could lead to misalignment when establishing SMART (specific, measurable, agreed-upon, realistic, trackable) goals with subordinates. We discussed this common situation within organizations is how silos form, or independent groups working either unaware and/or disconnected from the direction of the overall enterprise. The third...

2 MIN2019 APR 30
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Coaching Story | Great Leaders Create Alignment

Episode 24 - Interview with Andie Kramer and Al Harris, authors of Breaking Through Bias

In Episode 24, we meet a most interesting couple, Andrea Kramer and Alton Harris. Andie is a partner in the international law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, which was just listed as one of the “10 Best BigLaw Firms for Female Attorneys.” Despite her successful and demanding legal career, Andie has helped thousands of women navigate both the obvious and subtle gender biases they encounter in all career settings. In 2015, she received the Inspiration Award from the Coalition of Women in Law Initiatives for her continued support of women’s initiatives, mentoring, and coaching. Al was a founding partner of the Chicago law firm of Ungaretti & Harris where Andie started her legal career and which in 2015 merged into the national law firm of Nixon Peabody LLP. Over the course of his career, Al has grown increasingly concerned about the barriers and biases women face in traditionally male career environments. Because of this concern, Al has mentored and advised women in many career ...

52 MIN2019 APR 11
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Episode 24 - Interview with Andie Kramer and Al Harris, authors of Breaking Through Bias

Coaching Story | Leaders Share Their Stories

Our Academy Leadership group, a terrific team of former military officers who are also senior civilian executives, often share our stories. With his permission, I would like to read to you an email from Kevin Derbin, 1979 Naval Academy Graduate. It’s a powerful coaching story from Kevin and his wife Pam. Their words. Their story: Iwanted to share a very personal story about the power of ourPersonal Leadership Philosophy. I hope you get a quick chance to read this and appreciate your busy schedules. In January, Pam’s division of Humana was eliminated unexpectedly.As always, things happen for reasons whether we plan for it or not.As she began her search, it created a time of reflection and redefining purpose (as it has for many of us who are veterans of corporate America) while navigating the unknown.She worked with Humana for over 10 years as a Case and Team Manager in their Home Health business. We recently started her quilting business (which she is very gifted at and award winni...

4 MIN2019 APR 3
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Coaching Story | Leaders Share Their Stories

Episode 23 - Interview with Dan Pontefract, author of open to think

In Episode 23, we meet Dan Pontefract, Dan is the founder and CEO of The Pontefract Group, a firm that improves the state of leadership and organizational culture. Dan has presented at four different TED events and also writes for Forbes, Harvard Business Review and The Huffington Post. Dan is an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business and has garnered more than 20 industry awards over his career. Dan previously served as Chief Envisioner and Chief Learning Officer at TELUS—a Canadian telecommunications company with revenues of $14 billion and 50,000 global employees—where he launched the Transformation Office, the TELUS MBA, and the TELUS Leadership Philosophy, all award-winning initiatives that dramatically helped to increase the company’s employee engagement to record levels of nearly 90%.

41 MIN2019 MAR 10
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Episode 23 - Interview with Dan Pontefract, author of open to think

Leadership Story | Leaders Promote Emotional Intelligence

My friend and colleague Susan Packard recently sent me a copy of her new book Fully Human. My hope is that it reaches a larger audience than her first work New Rules of the Game, which was written primarily, although not exclusively for women. Her book is subtitled, 3 Steps to Grow Your Emotional Fitness in Work, Leadership, and Life. This reminded me of a sentence in my Personal Leadership Philosophy: At the end of each day, key questions include “Did I do my best? -- At work, at home, and at life.” Where did this focus on Emotional Intelligence come from? It’s likely this started with Daniel Goleman’s groundbreaking work Emotional Intelligence. We can think of Susan Packard’s work, as well as Dan Pink’s breakthrough book Drive and Mark Crowley’s wonderful Lead From the Heart, as how-to guides. Goleman’s research introduced us to Emotional Intelligence, and there are many worthy books that inform us how to put Emotional Intelligence, or E.Q, into action, and showcase the be...

1 MIN2019 MAR 5
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Leadership Story | Leaders Promote Emotional Intelligence

Latest Episodes

Leadership Story | Leaders Understand Energy

It has been a privilege getting to know a Christian-based organization following an open-enrollment Leadership Excellence Course this summer at the USAF Academy. We may ask ourselves, what does a Christian-based organization have to do with leadership? Good question. Let’s consider the scope of our follow on engagement, an Energize2Lead Workshop. Energy has a great deal to do with leadership. How many of us would ever say we we were energized by a demotivating leader, or more simply, a sourpuss? Not likely. Tony Schwartz comes to mind, especially during the U.S. Open tennis tournament, since he has coached many tennis pros. Tony focuses on managing our energy levels, and that we can apply that to our own effectiveness as leaders. According to Tony, we have four personal energy dimensions: Physical, Emotional, Mental, and Spiritual. We’re probably pretty comfortable talking about our physical energy levels, with diet and exercise such everyday topics. How many of the other three di...

2 MIN2019 SEP 16
Comments
Leadership Story | Leaders Understand Energy

Coaching Story | Leaders Create an Energizing Environment

One of the attendees at our most recent Academy Leadership Excellence Courses hosted at the USAF Academy shared a realization both on the first day to our group of eleven, and afterward during our one-on-one follow-on executive coaching sessions. Here’s what happened. Much of the first day of a Leadership Excellence Course is focused on learning about ourselves, in particular, what energizes us so that we may energize and perhaps inspire others. This attendee shared his reflection that over the past six months his working environment had changed — from one energizing to someone who prefers an independent course of action — to a more compliance, rules-based day to day routine. In addition, he was increasingly left out of decision-making processes, which he has both an instinctive need for and was brought up believing people ought to include others when making choices. Keep in mind this attendee had been successfully working 2.5 years on a really cool project.Attending the course p...

3 MIN2019 SEP 2
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Coaching Story | Leaders Create an Energizing Environment

Episode 25 - Interview with Brandon Lark, President of Great Southwestern Construction, Inc.

In Episode 25, we meet a next-generation business leader, who focuses as much on people as results, Brandon Lark. Starting out “in the field” as a Superintendent and Project Manager, Brandon was appointed President of Great Southwestern Construction in May of 2014. While a Vice President, Brandon launched a broad-based leadership development initiative, which has included working with Academy Leadership. Brandon first attended a three-day Leadership Excellence Course in November 2013, and has subsequently focused on aligning Great Southwestern Construction around a set of common core values as defined by everyone within the company and his own Personal Leadership Philosophy.

31 MIN2019 AUG 20
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Episode 25 - Interview with Brandon Lark, President of Great Southwestern Construction, Inc.

Coaching Story | Leaders Continuously Grow

At a recent Leadership Excellence Course hosted at the United States Air Force Academy, one of the attendees both had and shared a significant realization and growth experience. With Roger’s permission, it’s worth sharing with you: Team, I was going to share the following with you tomorrow at our all hands. Unfortunately, that schedule did not hold up. Given that all of us have so many things going on right now, I could not find a time when I thought we could get together as a team before most of you deploy out to Montana, or South Dakota. While communicating with you in this regard is not ideal, and definitely is not what I had hoped to do, I felt it was necessary to at least get this too you with some brief explanation. Recently, I had the privilege of participating in a truly extraordinary learning experience. During this time, I was provided an opportunity, and the tools to evaluate what my personal leadership philosophy was. It was a very tough, introspective journey that dir...

3 MIN2019 JUL 31
Comments
Coaching Story | Leaders Continuously Grow

Leadership Story | Leaders Are Transparent

After binge-watching the powerful HBO miniseries Chernobyl: https://www.hbo.com/chernobyl my thoughts turned to our country and the ongoing issue with Boeing’s 737 MAX. What’s common to both events? A single word: Transparency. Or, the lack of it. The first episode of Chernobyl highlights — at the individual and at the organizational level — consequences of not sharing information, or the truth, especially at the beginning of an accident. Any viewer of the series will be struck by the breathtaking denial of the reactor core explosion, and how many lives, such as those of the firefighters in the first episode, will later horribly end in an isolated Moscow hospital due to massive radiation poisoning. Let’s turn to the 737 MAX events. After two overseas fatal accidents, both during takeoff, many questions arose about similarities leading to the crashes. Following a series of articles in the Wall Street Journal, it quickly becomes apparent that not everyone at Boeing was sharing vi...

3 MIN2019 JUN 16
Comments
Leadership Story | Leaders Are Transparent

Coaching Story | Great Leaders Create Alignment

At an in-house Leadership Excellence Course last week multiple attendees realized, that from their position in the corporate hierarchy, the mission of the company was not as clear as it should be. This affects the teams they are responsible for, and may be addressed in multiple ways, which were discussed in several of our nine leadership workshops. Here are three examples. First, the corporate mission may be included or referenced in their Personal Leadership Philosophy, for both possible introduction and reinforcement. Second, during the Aligning and Accomplishing Goals workshop, multiple attendees observed that a lack of knowledge of broader corporate goals could lead to misalignment when establishing SMART (specific, measurable, agreed-upon, realistic, trackable) goals with subordinates. We discussed this common situation within organizations is how silos form, or independent groups working either unaware and/or disconnected from the direction of the overall enterprise. The third...

2 MIN2019 APR 30
Comments
Coaching Story | Great Leaders Create Alignment

Episode 24 - Interview with Andie Kramer and Al Harris, authors of Breaking Through Bias

In Episode 24, we meet a most interesting couple, Andrea Kramer and Alton Harris. Andie is a partner in the international law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, which was just listed as one of the “10 Best BigLaw Firms for Female Attorneys.” Despite her successful and demanding legal career, Andie has helped thousands of women navigate both the obvious and subtle gender biases they encounter in all career settings. In 2015, she received the Inspiration Award from the Coalition of Women in Law Initiatives for her continued support of women’s initiatives, mentoring, and coaching. Al was a founding partner of the Chicago law firm of Ungaretti & Harris where Andie started her legal career and which in 2015 merged into the national law firm of Nixon Peabody LLP. Over the course of his career, Al has grown increasingly concerned about the barriers and biases women face in traditionally male career environments. Because of this concern, Al has mentored and advised women in many career ...

52 MIN2019 APR 11
Comments
Episode 24 - Interview with Andie Kramer and Al Harris, authors of Breaking Through Bias

Coaching Story | Leaders Share Their Stories

Our Academy Leadership group, a terrific team of former military officers who are also senior civilian executives, often share our stories. With his permission, I would like to read to you an email from Kevin Derbin, 1979 Naval Academy Graduate. It’s a powerful coaching story from Kevin and his wife Pam. Their words. Their story: Iwanted to share a very personal story about the power of ourPersonal Leadership Philosophy. I hope you get a quick chance to read this and appreciate your busy schedules. In January, Pam’s division of Humana was eliminated unexpectedly.As always, things happen for reasons whether we plan for it or not.As she began her search, it created a time of reflection and redefining purpose (as it has for many of us who are veterans of corporate America) while navigating the unknown.She worked with Humana for over 10 years as a Case and Team Manager in their Home Health business. We recently started her quilting business (which she is very gifted at and award winni...

4 MIN2019 APR 3
Comments
Coaching Story | Leaders Share Their Stories

Episode 23 - Interview with Dan Pontefract, author of open to think

In Episode 23, we meet Dan Pontefract, Dan is the founder and CEO of The Pontefract Group, a firm that improves the state of leadership and organizational culture. Dan has presented at four different TED events and also writes for Forbes, Harvard Business Review and The Huffington Post. Dan is an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business and has garnered more than 20 industry awards over his career. Dan previously served as Chief Envisioner and Chief Learning Officer at TELUS—a Canadian telecommunications company with revenues of $14 billion and 50,000 global employees—where he launched the Transformation Office, the TELUS MBA, and the TELUS Leadership Philosophy, all award-winning initiatives that dramatically helped to increase the company’s employee engagement to record levels of nearly 90%.

41 MIN2019 MAR 10
Comments
Episode 23 - Interview with Dan Pontefract, author of open to think

Leadership Story | Leaders Promote Emotional Intelligence

My friend and colleague Susan Packard recently sent me a copy of her new book Fully Human. My hope is that it reaches a larger audience than her first work New Rules of the Game, which was written primarily, although not exclusively for women. Her book is subtitled, 3 Steps to Grow Your Emotional Fitness in Work, Leadership, and Life. This reminded me of a sentence in my Personal Leadership Philosophy: At the end of each day, key questions include “Did I do my best? -- At work, at home, and at life.” Where did this focus on Emotional Intelligence come from? It’s likely this started with Daniel Goleman’s groundbreaking work Emotional Intelligence. We can think of Susan Packard’s work, as well as Dan Pink’s breakthrough book Drive and Mark Crowley’s wonderful Lead From the Heart, as how-to guides. Goleman’s research introduced us to Emotional Intelligence, and there are many worthy books that inform us how to put Emotional Intelligence, or E.Q, into action, and showcase the be...

1 MIN2019 MAR 5
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Leadership Story | Leaders Promote Emotional Intelligence
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