Where Are We Going and How Do We Get There? Adaptive Leadership, Part 2

This is the second in a series of blogs on adaptive leadership. It is my belief that foundational leadership principles give leaders the ability to build teams capable of handling whatever might come their way. This series is based around what we at Level Five Associates have as one of our foundations: “The Big Six.” … Read more

Adaptive Leadership, Part 1: Introduction

Welcome to a new series of blogs on adaptive leadership. The global threat of the unforeseen and insidious COVID-19 virus brought on unusual and challenging times. Throughout the pandemic, I conducted webinars, provided podcasts and blogs, and offered advice and counseling. This series is based largely on a webinar I conducted last year that addressed … Read more

Steering The Battleship: A Presentation with the Duke Sanford Veterans Association

Back in April, I had the privilege to make a presentation to the Duke Sanford Veterans Association, co-hosted by my son, Rob, who is a Special Operations Officer with the U.S. Army as well as a Policy Student at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy. The presentation was titled “Steering The Battleship.” Why that name? … Read more

Podcast Episode 12: Do The Right Thing When No One Is Looking

My guest is Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Craig Whelden, who I’ve known for many years. He’s the author of “Leadership: The Art of Inspiring People to Be Their Best” (https://craigwhelden.com/buy-the-book/). The topic of our conversation is one of our Big 6 Leadership Principles®: “Do the Right Thing When No One is Looking.” We also discuss the … Read more

EQ Component 5: Build a Higher Level of Social Skill

“We’re losing social skills, the human interaction skills, how to read a person’s mood, to read their body language, how to be patient until the moment is right to make or press a point. Too much exclusive use of electronic information dehumanizes what is a very, very important part of community life and living together.” … Read more

EQ Component 4 – Build A Higher Level Of Empathy

“Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?” – Marcus Aurelius This is part of my ongoing series of blogs about Emotional Intelligence (EQ).   The fourth component of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is Empathy.  The … Read more