Come Rain or Shine

A few months ago, I was happy to be a guest on Dan Cockerell’s podcast, “Come Rain or Shine.” We started out by discussing some of my military history, starting with my unlikely journey to West Point. Moving ahead, we talked a bit about how the military turned itself around in the 1980s, with a … Read more

Hello? Are You Listening? Adaptive Leadership, Part 3

This post about effective listening is the third 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 … Read more

Podcast Episode 10: Becoming A Learning Leader

This episode of our podcast is titled “Becoming A Learning Leader.” It features a discussion with Doug Wiles, president of Herbie Wiles Insurance and former minority leader in the Florida state House of Representatives. We talk about the importance of listening, planning leadership succession, the signs of a healthy work culture, and more — have … Read more

The Backbrief: A Tool For Better Listening

Listening can feel harder to do than ever. That seems even more true in a world where many of us are still ‘socially-distanced’ and dealing with online-only ‘remote teams.’ Now more than ever we can use a tool for better listening that will cut through all the noise. There’s always going to be outside distractions. … Read more

Don’t Pardon the Interruption

Are you listening with the intent to understand — or the intent to interrupt? That’s the topic of my latest video blog: “Don’t Pardon the Interruption.” Of course, listening is one of the most vital skills to possess when in charge of a team. It is why listening is one of our Big Six Leadership … Read more