One of the lasting lessons I received from my parents is the importance of being true to yourself, to look at yourself in the mirror and be satisfied with the reflection. The importance of being a good person, to be helpful, is the basis of my actions and thoughts. Perfection is always elusive, but the…… Continue reading What Do You See in the Mirror?
Having read Captain D. Michael Abrashoff’s first book, It’s Your Ship, I looked forward to his follow-up. Get Your Ship Together is the logical continuation of the principles from the first. In short, Captain Abrashoff took command of the destroyer USS Benfold. The ship was a consummate low performer in the preceding time before Abrashoff…… Continue reading Book Review: Get Your Ship Together, by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff
Name one of the great leaders of the 20th century. Better yet, compile a list of great leaders in history, and more often than not, John Wooden would be included. Everyone who follows basketball is familiar with the famous UCLA teams of the 1960s and 1970s. Wooden was a winner of ten NCAA national championships,…… Continue reading Book Review: The Essential Wooden: A Lifetime of Lessons on Leaders and Leadership
I grew up reading stories and watching documentaries about the early manned space program. Not having been around during the times of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo manned space programs, I have only been able to experience the space fever through books and documentaries. Instead, I am a child of the space shuttle generation. I…… Continue reading Neil Armstrong: A Tribute to my Hero
Any department of sufficient size will have responsibilities and roles that involve many aspects of team work. In any given organization experiencing low morale, most likely an atmosphere of poor teamwork exists. For these organizations, this lack of quality teamwork will be counter-productive, thus making goals much more difficult to achieve. In the book…… Continue reading Book Review: The Five Dysfuntions of a Team
1. Use Actions as your Voice The essential outlook from Batman’s point of view is to use actions instead of voice to achieve a vision. Too many people often speak a great deal, and wing up doing very little. While stating visions to others is very important, failure to follow up with action may make…… Continue reading Leadership Lessons from Batman
John Wooden is perhaps the greatest coach in all of sports history. Sure many can argue for a coach here or a coach there, but for every debate, John Wooden will be among the final choices for the greatest of all time. Wooden is perhaps best known for his span of ten national championships over…… Continue reading Book Review: Wooden on Leadership