The Lack of Knowledge Like my father before me, I was indoctrinated into the Christian faith. Every Sunday my Mother would take me to church and there I listened to countless bible stories and the one I still remember all these years later is Hosea 4:6 - which states, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." Admittedly, this passage is about religious ignorance but, I hasten to add, it also applies to workplace ignorance. For the remainder of this article, workplace
The Battle On 21 October, 1805 the British Royal Navy faced off against a combined fleet of French and Spanish vessels just west of Cape Trafalgar, Spain. Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson (British) commanded 33 ships while Vice-Admiral Pierre-Charles Villeneuve (French) and Admiral Federico Gravina (Spanish) commanded 41 ships in total. This put Admiral Nelson at the disadvantage of being outnumbered in terms of vessels, men, and most importantly guns. You see, naval warfare at th
Ladies and gentlemen, you have heard them all before. That one phrase that is so insanely stupid that you ask yourself, "How did this person tie their shoes this morning?" The most terrible part is that you have likely said one or more of these your self. I know I have. And, I kick myself for it every single time! The good thing is these aren't usually fatal unless they become habit. Then they go from phrases of leadership failure to phrases of failed leadership. The differen
First, what is a Phalanx? Simply put, a Phalanx is a tight knit group working in close formation to achieve great results. You’ve likely seen the formation portrayed in its historical context. It was the formation of choice of the Greeks and the Spartans who used it at Thermopylae to slow down the advance of the Persian army. Modernly, you see riot police use it to control much larger crowds. Our shields work the same way. By using them together they reinforce one another and
An Introduction Every organization must have a set of values it holds sacred. These values are what effective organizations lean on when the world around them is chaotic and their competition appears to have the upperhand. During my twenty plus years of regular Army service I had four values drilled into me. The four values the Army adheres to are Courage, Candor, Competence and Commitment. For a soldier on the battlefield, courage means charging a machine gun nest or throwin
The Obstacle One of the biggest obstacles I run into when working with leaders one-on-one is breaking them of their masking habits. My first sign of trouble is usually a gigantic bookshelf filled with leadership, team building, and personal development books. Now, don't get me wrong here, I love to read and I advocate for the concept that leaders are readers. But, and it is a big but, you have to actually take the time to learn the lessons in those books and personalize them.