Duty and Honor to TELL the TRUTH

At West Point, the honor code states that a cadet will not lie, cheat or steal, or tolerate those that do.  I left West Point in 1977 and have adhered to that code my entire adult life.  When I arrived at Fort Hood Texas for my first duty assignment, I vividly remember folks telling me that the honor code didn't apply to the real Army and that I would need to relax my standards.  I didn't do that, and I am glad that I didn't.   I am seeing a troubling trend across our nation where senior leaders are indeed lying and cheating, and are getting caught.  I would have thought there would be an uproar in the media, but that has not happened.  There seems to have developed a societal tolerance for unethical behavior.  Folks are clearly lying, but their activity is being accepted.   We are on a slippery slope if

Adaptive Leadership is Essential

Adaptive leadership is critical across our Nation.  In today’s environment, circumstances change almost continuously.   Resources that were counted on are no longer available.  Weather, war, natural disasters, and economic issues all impact what we do day to day.   To use a military term, the world is VUCA- volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Leaders must be prepared for changing circumstances.  They must build organizations that can adapt to these changes.  This can be accomplished by focusing a leader development program on those characteristics that make leaders and organizations adaptive.  I describe nine of those characteristics in my book, Adapt or Die: Leadership Principles from an American

The Hearts of Leaders

Recently, Sarah and I spoke to one of the business units of the DFW airport.  We focused on how they can provide better service to folks traveling through DFW. In the service industry, folks should always have an attitude characterized by the phrase:  The answer is yes, now what's the question? Leaders should have a servant's heart, and remember that People don't care about how much you know, until they know how much you

Helping One Wounded Warrior

On Tuesday Sarah and I had the privilege to work on one of our passions---helping Wounded Warriors.  We are working with HEB and the Gary Sinise Foundation to build a mortgage free smart home for GySgt (Retired) Guillermo Tejada and his Family.  Guillermo lost both of his legs to an enemy IED in Afghanistan in 2010, but he didn't lose his spirit.  Guillermo focuses on his abilities, not his disabilities.  He and his amazing family are an inspiration to us all.  It is an honor to work with great organizations like HEB and the GSF to help this American

Shaping Future Leaders Between Recess and Show & Tell

Last week I had the privilege of conducting a Skype session with 4 second grade classes from the Pflugerville Elementary School.  All told, it was about 80 students, our Nation's future. We talked about freedom.  I emphasize that freedom wasn't free, and that American service members (and their Families) are sacrificing a great deal to protect our freedoms and our way of life.  I emphasized the importance of living a life of service to others. I told them to take the time to thank their teachers.  I believe that the two most important members of our society are our service members who protect our freedoms, and our teachers who build our Nation's future.  Unfortunately, we as a Nation give those two groups only minimal compensation.  We must constantly express our gratitude.  My hope is that these future leaders grow-up embracing and respecting our teachers and service member, thus shaping the course of

Serve and Protect

My favorite book is A Life God Rewards, by Bruce Wilkinson.  In it the author highlights the fact that it isn’t about the money you make or the position you attain, but rather about the people you touch.  It is about service to others.  There are many ways individuals can serve others.  I served in the US Army for 35 years.  Clergy, fire fighters, government officials are all other examples of careers of service, as is law enforcement. Across our Nation there are over 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers, 12% of which are female.  These are America heroes who have sworn to dedicate their lives to serve and protect others.  We must appreciate them and never take them for granted.   Our police forces across the Nation put their lives on the line, everyday, to keep us safe.  Without them, we would have a lawless society.  We would be afraid for our

The New Leadership in Pharma: An Interview with Rick Lynch, Former U.S. Army General

It was my pleasure speaking with the good folks at Verix.  Verix is a business intelligence software company that focuses on providing business intelligence analysis software applicable to all industries,  but focuses on life science and pharmaceuticals.  Verix services global Fortune 100 companies.  Please read the article below where I answer the pressing question...... What is the one leadership tip out of the “9 ways to lead” that you would pick as most powerful for Pharma

Thanks Again, Plains All American Pipeline

General Rick Lynch recently spoke to 200 leaders from our Operations group.  He engaged the audience very well, using examples from our business that demonstrated he had taken the time to learn about the company.  He connected with the audience and quietly but powerfully conveyed his leadership principles.  It was a wonderful learning experience delivered by a great leader who clearly cares a great deal for others.  - Plains All American

Houston Speech to Plains All American Pipeline, LP

This past week I spoke to 300 junior and senior leaders from Plains All American Pipeline, LP.  We focused on improving communications and performance appraisals & counseling. Plains All American Pipeline, LP is a $23B company.  They manage 18,000 miles of pipeline in 42 states, Pumping 3.9 million barrels of crude oil and natural gas daily.   Great folks, in a great organization, doing great work! Sarah and I signed books after the speech.  It was such a
Visit Us On TwitterVisit Us On FacebookVisit Us On YoutubeVisit Us On Linkedin