The Power of Values

Yesterday I had to make a stop at a county office….’nuf said.  I was not looking forward to it.  The line was long and windy in a small space, so I had to ask which was the end.  A nice person in line grunted and nodded toward the end.

I watched the four representatives take care of several people, and thought, hmm – maybe I was wrong.  They were pleasant and efficient and the line moved pretty quickly.  As I was waiting, I noticed one of the rep’s name tag said “Work Leader“.  Continue reading The Power of Values

Thoughts about senseless acts of rage…

This is a professional blog, so probably not the best place to express my thoughts about what happened in Sandy Hook, but I feel like I need to do that, so please forgive me.

In 1999, my son was 13 when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold opened fire at Columbine High School.  I, along with the other parents, volunteered to stand watch at the doors of his school.  I remember thinking how terrible, but isolated, was this tragedy.  We watched the doors for a few days, and life went back to the usual. Continue reading Thoughts about senseless acts of rage…

Leading Leaders…

I am having a lot of fun talking with my son who is a Marine officer, and finds organization development fascinating – it’s so cool.  He is in his third year now in a leadership position and has all sorts of observations on effective (and ineffective) leadership.

We were talking earlier this week about how the roles change when officers are promoted from company grade (Lieutenant, Captain) to field grade (Major, Colonel), and how it is sometimes difficult for the newly promoted field grade officer to give up the hands-on leadership approach that he/she had as a Captain. Continue reading Leading Leaders…