Bob Burg - The Go Giver

I had the privilege of interviewing best-selling author Bob Burg for an episode on the upcoming Fidelis Leadership Podcast.The insights Bob shared will surely...

Detachment

Chapter 35: DetachmentLeaders must develop the ability to know when it is prudent to "step outside of the firefight" prior to making decisions.Trust-Based...

Professional Reputation

Chapter 26: Professional Reputation"Get the essentials of leadership right and the money usually follows."Read More ==> https://amzn.to/2qvl8F6

3rd Law of Leadership - Lead by Example

From Trust-Based Leadership™: Marine Corps Leadership Concepts for Today’s Business Leaders...The 3rd Law of Leadership:"The members of an organization will...

22 Years Ago Today

On this day in 1998, I retired from the Marine Corps. Since then, I have been able to work with some incredible people and help them achieve challenging goals. Over the...

Uncommon Bonds

Just finished reading this incredibly inspiring book. "Uncommon Bonds: A Journey in Optimism is an inspiring story of love, faith, strength and determination – and...

Friction

Chapter 34: Friction "As in warfare, every industry, profession, company, or team encounters two main types of friction: 1. External Friction These are things you have...

If Awake, You Can Lead

If you're awake... You can Lead!

Criticism must always be accompanied by Solutions

A Roman General was the subject of politically motivated criticism and second-guessing from those far removed from the battlefield. He essentially said, "You're welcome to...

Steel Penny Focus = Victory

During World War II, Americans were asked to make many sacrifices to contribute to the war effort. The Great Depression had taught people to do without and sacrificing...

Competence and Cohesion

We live in interesting times, to say the least! The senior leaders of many companies had the foresight to envision a scenario in which “remote operations” would...

Leadership Best Practice

Decisions are being made daily that will provide the grist for countless business school case studies that will show aspiring leaders the common denominators among...

Actions > Words

The members of an organization will not remember what their leaders said during the Coronavirus crisis, but they will remember what they did. Forever. A Leader's Actions...

Substance > Image

Many new officers judge the worth of fellow Marines by their scores on the Physical Fitness Test (PFT). For various reasons, this is not a wise practice and I saw it as my...

Beware of January 1st Deadlines!

As an executive coach, I offer these words of caution to my clients: “Beware of January 1st deadlines and implementations!” Executives often direct January...

Leadership > Culture > Strategy > Tactics

Companies that dominate their industries have figured out that the fastest way to gain an advantage over the competition is to have a trained, cohesive and capable...

Forbes Article

Forbes just published my article! Leaders: Can You Pass The Caller ID TEST? Mike's Article on Forbes

Chapter 28: Mission Tactics

Commander's Intent and Mission Tactics can be very effective in business!  For Trust-Based Leadership Book Go to:  https://amzn.to/2qvl8F6

Chapter 26: Professional Reputation

"Get the essentials of leadership right and the money usually follows."  Find Book Here:  Trust-Based Leadership

Chapter 18: The 5 Laws of Leadership

"While there are countless leadership axioms, sayings, quotes, etc. (many of which are mentioned in this book) that can add great value to your development as a leader, I...

Complacency

Success breeds complacency when an organization is led by leaders who fail to anticipate the unanticipated. The best leaders join their teammates in contemplating and...

Semper FI

75 years ago today, 30,000 U.S. Marines landed on Iwo Jima, igniting one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. Veterans of Iwo Jima were still serving when I enlisted...

How Not to Lead

It’s good to be known as a leader who leads by example and demands excellence from his team. It’s not good to be known as a leader who simply cannot be pleased....

A Leadership Map for the Future

Predictions for the future can be stimulating and challenging, especially when attempting to make strategic planning decisions. Our rapidly changing global environment...

Do You Know Today Who Will Lead Your Company Tomorrow?

In my role as an executive leadership coach, I routinely speak with senior leaders from a variety of industries. These men and women are often among the brightest and most...

The Marine Corps Trusted Me

This picture was taken in 1977 at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California. I was 20 years old and the youngest drill instructor in the Marine Corps at that...

4 Questions the Best Generals (and Executives) Ask Themselves!

Note: This article is based on a chapter in an upcoming book that will describe how I effectively utilized Marine Corps leadership concepts and techniques while...

America Needs Leaders: Will You Be Ready?

American executives and other senior leaders are retiring en masse, creating unprecedented promotion opportunities over the next decade. Competition for thousands of...

Is Common Sense Common in Your Company?

After a career in the Marine Corps that spanned more than two decades, I was blessed with the opportunity to serve as a C-level executive in a publicly traded company for...

Does Your Team Make Their Beds?

On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven, a Navy SEAL officer and the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, was the guest speaker at the graduation ceremony at...

America’s Leadership Shortage = Your Opportunity!

Senior leaders are retiring at a rate that has made it impossible for companies across all industries to replace them with seasoned, trained and fully capable leaders. The...
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