May 2017

Another "Secret to Success!"

Professional sports produce arguably the most public observable leadership lessons than any other profession. Yes, even more than the U.S. Armed Forces, note I said observable to the public.

The New York Yankees, Major League Baseball team honored their former Shortstop, Derek Jeter, by retiring his number and immortalizing him in their Monument Park. The Yankees are the most storied sports franchise in the history of sports. Of the 111 World Series games played, the Yankees have appeared in 40 and won 27.

What is the formula to the Yankees long-term success? One could go on and on about talent, buying players, minor league farm systems and the like. I will focus on the number of leaders they had on the team.   (Read more)

I Can't Hear You, Your Actions Are Speaking Too Loud!

Almost a year ago, September 2016, and McKinsey conducted a survey on the progress of women in corporate America. The Wall Street Journal published a special report on women, men, and work, based on that survey. I recommend the read.

In short, the article points out what happens in every organization that is managing diversity. The programs are put into place. Executives are saying all the right things. Yet, the day-to-day commitment is nonexistent. Actions belie the words.

Most organizations have clear, objective criteria for hiring and promotions. However, only half of women believe they have equal opportunities for growth. Males and females alike, refrain from calling out instances of gender bias when it occurs.

On a recent visit to an Air Force Base, I asked a male Airman about the Department of Defense's policy that opened all jobs to women. I asked about his concerns. Interestingly, he told me he had no concerns. He went on to point out those men with issues are older and "can't get their heads around" the new policy.

The problem with gender equality is a lack of courage on the part of leaders. Most are male, as one would expect. Sadly, there are a few women who feel they made it on their own, and therefore other women can make it the same way.

Organizations who don't manage diversity but demand it are a cut above. Their actions and words match. These are the organizations that hold responsible and accountable leadership at every level for executing the programs as intended. They do not stand for the off-color language and bad behavior.

Corporations from every industry to include the Armed Forces have the right programs. Strides are being made to level all playing fields. Bias, unconscious bias is tough to overcome. It takes courage and strength of conviction to get past long held beliefs/myths about gender.

Until actions and words match, the road is going to be uphill. Don't give up on the climb.


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.

What are your biases? We all have them.

What do you stand for? We all stand for something.

Leaders must have a strong sense of self. We recognize our biases and work to keep them in check. We know what we stand for and behave in a fashion that defines our character.

Leading is tough. Leading is selfless. Leading is not for everyone.

Current Happenings


The next live course—"21st Century Community Policing and Cultural Competency" is open for enrollment. The course will be given on 26-27 July 2017 in Norfolk, VA.

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The Online version of the "21st Century Community Policing, and Cultural Competency" will be in Beta test this month. We expect it to go live shortly.

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