April 2016

Pain, Failure, Defeat

As many of you know, I coach executives and leaders in government, business and in sports. It is a humbling and exciting to see improvement in their leadership capabilities. I am particularly proud of a High School Boys Lacrosse Club I am coaching. I see their growth as a team and as future leaders.

I offer to you, my readers and fellow leaders, three lessons the boys are learning. These lessons are appropriate for all in leadership positions. The lessons? They are learning the lessons of pain, failure, and defeat. Anyone responsible for leading any size team to any size organization should be familiar with them.   (Read more)

Up and Comers

I just returned from a visit to the United States Naval Submarine Base at Groton, CT, and the United States Coast Guard Academy. I was there as part of my new duties as a member of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS).

I have written many articles about women in leadership. I had the opportunity to meet young women wearing the Cloth of this Great Nation at both installations. They make me proud to be an American.

The Navy's female submarine officers I met are impressive. The female students at the Coast Guard Academy have sharp, inquisitive minds and will help the Coast Guard maintain it's reputation as the Law of the Sea.

I recommend those of you who are responsible for succession planning look at what the Navy and Coast Guard are doing to include gender integration in all facets of the service. It may prove helpful in developing your next succession plan. No, it is not perfect few things are in this world. It is a great start. If you have no idea how to include women in all facets of your organization, it may be time to look at what the Submarine service and Coast Guard are doing.

Smooth sailing!

You Know What To Do

I am often asked for leadership advice based on my Marine Corps experience for use in business. This section is providing short leadership tips you can use in becoming an Exceptional Leader. Being good on any given day is easy. Being exceptional requires daily effort. Enjoy the read.

"When you know what to do, do it!" I am spending more and more time these past few months saying those exact words to some executives I work with.

Being decisive does take fortitude. If you are using a process for decision-making and understand risk, delaying making a decision can spell the loss of an opportunity that the organization may never have again.

I have discussed decision-making in previous Newsletters, an eBook, Articles, and Podcasts. Get back to my website and review. It will help.

Remember, there is no such thing as a "perfect decision." All decisions have consequences both good and bad. Go back and review.

You have my permission to be decisive!

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Current Happenings

May 2016

Law Enforcement Professional Series: 21st Century Policing, Community and Cultural Competency is being sponsored by the Fountain Police Department in Fountain, CO on 5-6 May.

Not to late to sign-up! See the website at http://www.fortitudeconsult.com/programs/the-law-enforcement-professional-series-21st-century-policing-community-and-cultural-competency/

June 2016

Law Enforcement Professional Series is going to be held in Texas, more details next month. Check the website for details.

Group Coaching—the group-coaching program will start in the fall. If you or someone you know, is interested pass along the information. Feel free to reach out directly for more detailed information at [email protected]

Pro-Bono Coaching Opportunity—I am looking for three (3) coaching clients. You must be in a leadership position. Or, on a case-by-case basis, being considered for a leadership position. You must be able to commit to 10 hours of coaching over a three-month period.

If this sounds interesting, pro-bono is a great price point, reach out and contact me at [email protected]

It is first come first served. Do not hesitate to reach out. This is a one-time opportunity.

Aug 2016

Law Enforcement Series: 21st Century Policing, Community and Cultural Competency will be given at Delta Community College near Detroit, MI.

The course is catching on, go my website and sign-up now!

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