Who are consequences really for?

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Ryan Lochte certainly did realize severe consequences to his childish actions in Rio. They hit him where it really hurts – in the pocketbook.

One hopes that Lochte learns from this experience, grows up and becomes a responsible adult.  Maybe.

If, however, what happened to Lochte serves to influence other young athletes to be wise about their fame, that is a good outcome. (more…)

My Plan Would Have Worked, if only….

arrow_strategy_400_clr_9440 2What a joy spending time with a young military officer over the holiday. An instructor who teaches the principles of warfighting to young, green lieutenants, he has some interesting stories about developing young leaders. Listening to his insight into “education and learning” it struck me that leadership development concepts are really no different for military or civilian leaders.

Basic officer training is the place that new officers try, fail and learn. Young kids right out of college don’t really like the “fail” part; it’s not a word that has been allowed in their vocabulary. They have spent 16 years of their lives striving to ace exams and earn good grades. Marines are selective, and they wouldn’t be military officers if they hadn’t learned how to be successful in school.

Mock battles are, in essence, simulated learning. The instructors create a realistic scenario, and provide roles, situations, and play the bad guys. The students use concepts learned in class to develop their operational plan, and the student leaders carry out the work of executing the plan. (more…)

7 Lessons about Feedback from Candy Crush Saga

I admit it.  I am addicted.  They say the first step is to admit it, so here goes.  I am addicted to Candy Crush Saga.  If you aren’t familiar with it – don’t start!  It is an online game where you match three like candies to crush and remove them, thus making way for new candies.  You have a limited number of moves to crush sufficient candy or you fail.

failedIt doesn’t say, “you lose,” or “better luck next time.”  An odd little character jumps up and down with a frown on her face, next to the words, “Failed.”

Ouch.  That’s harsh, particularly when I did my best.  Those pesky little candies move really fast, and it’s hard to get them matched. (more…)