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September 2015

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy CEO or Boss Guy

"Tinker Tailor" is an old English counting game, nursery rhyme and fortune telling song that dates back to the late 1400's. No, it did not include the ending profession of "CEO or Boss Guy." I added that in as a question for you senior executives.

The question—are you a CEO or Boss? They are not one and the same. Each travels down a different road. Each road traveled will produce different results. I will briefly address the two seemingly similar but different roads.   (Read more)

Investing In You, Why?

Over the past few weeks, I have had some women engage with me concerning their leadership development. I could hear the hands wringing and stomachs turning at the thought of investing time and money on their development. Heaven forbid!

Why should a woman invest in herself; more importantly, why should the company invest in a woman's development? Let me quote Ms. Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox.

"As I've progressed in my career, I've come to appreciate — and really value — the other attributes that define a company's success beyond the P&L: great leadership, long-term financial strength, ethical business practices, evolving business strategies, sound governance, powerful brands, values-based decision-making."
— Ursula Burns, Chairman and CEO

Note the first attribute she commented on was great leadership. Ladies, there is no such thing as a born leader. All have to learn to lead. The first thing every leader learns is how to lead oneself. That means having a personal vision and develop ethical standards, also mentioned in Ms. Burns' statement.

Ladies and Gentlemen, women, make the best leaders. Ladies, take the time and invest in you. Gentlemen and Ladies in supervisory positions spend the money and time to develop your high-potential women. It is right for your business. If you don't have any high-potential women, you may need a new head of HR.


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.

In systems engineering, dependability is a measure of a system's availability, reliability, and its maintainability. Dependability may also encompass mechanisms designed to increase and maintain the dependability of a system.

In leadership, it is the certainty of proper performance of duty. It is taking on the tough job no one wants and producing the spectacular results no one expected.

Being Dependable is a trademark of exceptional leaders.

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Current Happenings

September is continuing the pace set in August.

  • The eBook "Leading with Fortitude—The Essentials" is expected to be completed this month and available in early October.
  • The Strategic Leadership Video Series is now available on the Website. This series, although open to all, is intended for executive leaders and those with leadership experience.
  • The Essentials Webinar series "Leading with Fortitude: The Essentials" will be announced soon, stay tuned. The series is short and to the point. It will provide immediately actionable leadership tips.
  • I will be a resource for Strategic Leadership at the upcoming International Development Institute's upcoming seminar in October. The event is going to be held in Washington D.C. Follow this link for more information:
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