July 2017

The Anti-Leader Interview

I just read the most fantastic article online in The New York Times—"Erika Nardini on the Value of Leading '10 Percent' Players". By Adam Bryant, July 14, 2017. It is an interview of Erika Nardini, CEO of Barstool Sports. I recommend the article as a superb example of what not to do as an effective leader.

The intent of the article is to highlight her recognition that those who find themselves in what she views as "10 percent players," one can only surmise she means those who are somewhat less than those considered "90 percent players," also have value. With good leadership, they become stellar contributors.   (Read more)

Dogs On a Sled

Ladies, I recommend The New York Times article referenced in the article above. It is an informative read.

How do you get the most out of your subordinates?

Allow me to recommend three methods—provide an inspirational vision of the future, set high expectations, be the example of what you expect from your team. That means to hold yourself accountable and responsible just as you would your team.

Ok, there is one other—know your people, make sure they know you care as much about them as the organization. Do not coddle. And do not kill a fly with a hammer! Mistakes happen and the only way to realize your greatest successes is to have a few failures on the way. Corrective measures must fit the foul.

Remember, no one wants to be driven like a sled dog.

You will reap benefits beyond your wildest imagination.

What Do You Think?

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 was the last time you asked for feedback?

Feedback is a gift. A number of Executive Leaders don't ask for feedback. I guess it is because of the need to be smarter than subordinates, peers and in some cases, the Boss (always dangerous business to be smarter than the Boss).

In reality, not seeking feedback is a sign of weakness and insecurity. It is not possible to be all knowing. Your team and subordinates know that as well as any leader should.

You want to build credibility, and learn something along the way? Ask for feedback. You might learn something.

Current Happenings

My new book "Developing Business Leadership Skills—The Practical Guide to Effectively Being In-Charge" is available on Amazon, Kindle, and iBooks. Check it out and leave a review!

My book "Leading With Fortitude: The Essentials" is still free, go to my website to download it.


As many of you know, Fortitude Consulting has teamed up with BAF Security to develop the Law Enforcement Professionals course—"21st Century Community Policing and Cultural Competency." We have been asked by many Law Enforcement Professionals if we could put the course online. We have been working diligently on getting this project done.

We will launch a "Beta Test" Version of the course at a 75% discount. Some departments will be invited to participate. We will have a small window for other agencies to participate.

If you or if any of my regular readers have a department you would like to have take advantage of this pricing contact us at: [email protected]


The book "21st Century Community Policing and Cultural Competency" will be available on Amazon, Kindle, and iBooks.

BAF-Fortitude will launch a Law Enforcement Leadership Academy. The Academy is open to all. Some of the subjects will include, Active Shooter, Advanced Communication Skills, Credibility, Rules of Poverty, and Guardian Vs. Warrior—The Modern Police Officer. Successful completion of each course will receive a Certificate of Completion.

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