Mastering Facilitation Fundamentals…FIRST!

“Gentlemen…this is a football!”  Every year in late summer, rookies, walk-ons and old-timers alike would assemble on a training field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The anxiety and tension were palpable as they gathered around the veteran coach in hopes of gleaning some football wisdom...

Exercising Authority

“BREAK HARD RIGHT NOW!…….” the crew chief of the Marine Search & Rescue helicopter yelled over the radio. Up until that moment, the flight had been relatively uneventful as the crew of five flew along “fat, dumb and happy.” The weather was calm and...

The Philosophy of Maneuver Warfare

Maneuver Warfare in title has only existed for about 70 years, but its continuous success spans thousands of years and the evolution of warfare. Some of the greatest military minds throughout history have refined and distilled their successes into a philosophy with associated key characteristics,...

Maintaining Organizational Balance

Leading an organization requires a broad range of capabilities and skills, from developing an effective strategy to establishing a structure that will allow you to realize the organizations’ objectives, to selecting, resourcing and developing the people that make it all happen. While we’ve addressed...

Been There, Done That!

The following is an excerpt from Chapter One of our forthcoming book Suits, Guitars & 3D Glasses; A Practical Guide to Corporate Maneuver Warfare. For weeks, the wind howled across the Antarctic shelf. The frozen air penetrating the vulnerability of both unsuitable equipment, and...

Making Tough Calls

Few discussions about leadership survive long without somehow broaching the subject of decision-making.  Like the litany of other leadership topics, there is no shortage of expert opinions and approaches on how to make the best decision in any number of situations.  So rather than...

Developing Your People

It should be widely accepted that developing the people within an organization is a responsibility normally associated with leadership, but the task is sometimes overlooked or simply overcome by events. Creating and executing a plan to develop your people clearly benefits those individuals by...