November 2016

So, You Have Enemies? That’s Great!

There is an interesting common thread that seems to torment a significant number of professionals—they have enemies.

Having enemies drives many into near paranoia. I have a few of my executive clients tell me—"John, no matter what decisions I make, or what I do I seem to collect enemies."

My answer to that observation—BRAVO!!! You are doing something right. Keep up the great work.   (Read more)

Be Brave, Be Bold!

I always advise my female executive clients to be competent, more so than your male counterparts. Have integrity, as a leader, in any organization, those you lead will count integrity as their first and greatest expectation of their leaders. Be fair, being fair means the rules apply to everyone equally. Be consistent, when one takes on the responsibilities of a leader, gone are the days of expressing sheer joy at work and the next day showing over the top anger. Be for those you lead; your team will produce miracles for you if they know you care about them.

Now I add two more pieces of advice—Be Brave and Be Bold.

Lately, it seems women are more than challenged. Some could make an argument women are under attack. Be brave—know your values, live your values and stand for something! Be bold—when you're right, hold your ground. When you are wrong, admit it, learn from it and move on. If an apology is necessary, apologize. Be sincere, don't dwell on it; ask yourself "what did I learn from this?" Never miss an opportunity to learn something new. And by the way, we all know when an apology is necessary. Apologies are not a sign of weakness. Rather, it speaks to your quality as a person of honor and integrity.

Ladies, and those gentlemen out there who read this section, go forward and BE BRAVE AND BE BOLD.

Seek Self-Improvement

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.

A dear friend of mine recently reminded me of the importance of constant learning, continuous improvement. She did it with a question. I share it with you and ask it of you—"What do you want that you already have?"

For me the answer is knowledge. What is it for you?

I am reminded of the first Marine Corps Leadership Principle—"Know yourself and seek self-improvement.

With 2016 rapidly coming to an end I hope you learned a few things this year that have helped you to improve. Taken a course, read that book, watched that series that led to self-discovery and improvement; if not, there is still time.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Current Happenings

Nov 2016

We are putting the finishing touches on the online version of "21st Century Community Policing and Cultural Competency."

Contact us for details at [email protected]

Law Enforcement Agencies—We are in the process of filling the 2017 calendar for our "21st Century Community Policing and Cultural Competency Course."

If you would like to host the event at your department, please contact us at [email protected], or call 571-215-9644.

The months of February, March and May are filled. Don't wait to get us on your calendar now!

Jan 2017

Due to the demand for personal Executive Leadership Coaching starting 1 January 2017 I am moving to a by referral and by invitation only model for adding new clients.

If you are looking to start an individual Executive Leadership Coaching program before 1 January 2017 reach out to me directly at [email protected] or call 571-215-9644.

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