What a Navy Seal Can Teach Us

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From a post on Business Insider by Alexander Maasik–

>Last week we did an interview with Jeff Boss, a leadership coach who focuses on adaptability and brings his experience from being a Navy SEAL into the corporate world. You can learn more about him on his website.

According to Jeff the  principles for success are the same in the Navy and the corporate world: self-awareness, open communication, trust — all the fundamentals of leadership that are covered in every HBR article.

What are the key factors for  a good internal environment in an organization?

Trust. Everything stems from trust. Trust in one’s competence to execute a task correctly and trust in one’s intent to do so positively.

For example, when we fly on an airplane we trust the pilot with two things, that he has: A) the skill to fly the plane and B) the will to do so with positive intentions (and not nose dive it into the ground).

Everything else — a willingness to face conflict (or avoid it), communicate, collaborate, share a common purpose — is built after the foundation of trust exists.<<

Boss’ focuses on the importance of trust in leadership. From there he explains how to avoid common mistakes leaders make.

Perhaps we can all learn something from a former Navy Seal.

Read the rest here.

Best Leadership Blogs – Serve to Lead


Best Leadership Blogs 

James Strock, a leader among leaders, recently posted his list of the best leadership blogs. I am humbled and honored that this blog made the list.

Jim wrote a seminal work on 21st Century Leadership called Serve to Lead. It is a must read for anyone who is serious about being an effective leader today.

I recommend Jim’s blog, Serve to Lead, as well. Check it out and let us know what you think.


June 6, 2014

Day 6/365 : When I was happy to hold all this moneyWe all need inspiration and motivation from time to time. We all need to learn new ideas and revisit ancient wisdom from time to time. We all would benefit from revisiting some of our beliefs in light of new information.

Your life benefits in every area from these forms of renewal. One way to see ten such things a week is on the Simple Dollar blog where Trent creates a montage of text and video to provide great sources of inspiration and innovation.

Check out Trent’s June 6 entry here:

1. Seneca on life’s burdens 

“I ask not for a lighter burden, but broader shoulders.” – Seneca 

Everyone has pain. Everyone has challenges. Life is about your ability to deal with the pain and the challenges. 

2. The PearBudget spreadsheet 

If you’re familiar with using a spreadsheet program, you’ll probably find – as I have – that this spreadsheet is an amazing way to manage a budget for free. It’s just well thought out. 

I first used this a few years back, but lately I’ve picked it up again and tinkered with it. While it’s not a full replacement for something like You Need a Budget, it’s free and it’s really flexible…..

Read the rest here…

After you check it out come back here and let us know what you think. Thanks.

Handling those many emails – a method that works

September 5, 2013

What is the one thing most of us have too much of? Right – emails. Most of us get at least dozens of them a day and many get hundreds. Here is a good article by Ramit Sethi on how to rapidly review those emails and get them out of your in box.

He discusses this in the context of “mental frameworks”.  An interesting concept.

What do you think?

Is Leadership Different Today?

September 16, 2013

Is leadership different today than in times past? This is a good question. James Strock ponders this a bit in this recent article on his blog. Maybe a better question is how is leadership different today and how is it the same?

What do you think?