At West Point, as in many organizations, there are rules and regulations people must follow. But what West Point realizes and that many organizations fail to consider is that we can all be unethical rule followers. Just because we do not break the law or a corporate regulation does not make us a person of Integrity. Continue Reading…
“When an archer misses the bulls eye, he doesn’t blame the target.”
What is it about our human nature that causes us to seek excuses for when we fall short? Even some of the best sales people and leaders I have been around, can identify something outside of their control that caused them to miss their goals.
Excuses are easy. Breaking the habit of making excuses is hard. I addressed the way West Point handles habitual excuses in an older blog: West Point: How Leaders Seize Responsibility.
But, what if we turned our thought process around? What if we questioned who was responsible for the wins in our lives? Continue Reading…
I pushed the limits as a cadet at West Point. I marched well over 100 hours of punishment tours during my four years in school. There were a lot of ways to get in trouble, and a lot of rules to tell us what not to do.
Every violation of the rules at West Point had a title that described the offense. The most unique title for a violation of the rules was “Gross Lack of Judgment.” Basically it was a catch all phrase that meant a cadet did something that no one had anticipated needing to create a rule to prevent! Continue Reading…
Thirty-two years ago this week, I entered the United States Military Academy at West Point as part of the Class of 1988. This week the Class of 2020 began their journey as part of the “Long Gray Line”.
In honor of Independence Day and the men and women who serve so we can have the freedoms to speak and to pray as we see fit, I am publishing The West Point Cadet Prayer.
Before you read it, ask yourself: “What challenge does this prayer offer me?” Whether you are a person of faith or not, I think you will find a challenge meant for you.
Every male freshman (plebe) entering West Point has a mandatory class that few other colleges offer much less require. Boxing.
Each morning that boxing was on my schedule I woke up thinking about it. I would sit in calculus, chemistry or computer programing class thinking about boxing. It didn’t matter that I had tests or other graded exercises in those classes. Boxing dominated my thoughts.
My best friend, Donnie Tillar convinced me to go to West Point. He was a year older than I was. Thanks to his persuasiveness I joined my childhood friend as part of the Corps of Cadets. This is a Memorial Day tribute to Donnie.
This is worth reposting annually.
This weekend I attended an annual Army-Navy game watching party at Top of the Hill Restaurant in Chapel Hill, NC. The experience is second only to actually being in Philadelphia at the game itself.
In both places current and former cadets and midshipmen gather in the most meaningful rivalry in college sports. As I watched this year, I did so not just as a member West Point Class of 1988, but also as a student of leadership and a civilian who depends on the military to insure my freedom. This blog is a partial list of the lessons I learned. Continue Reading…
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One of the best books I ever read on leadership was John Maxwell’s 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. In fact, I recently gave a copy to a young man who just graduated from high school as a gift.
28 years ago, I was a recent high school graduate as well. I was a brand new cadet at West Point. I was handed the plebe handbook called Bugle Notes. Continue Reading…
Loyalty and integrity are two character traits I think we all desire in ourselves and in others. I like loyal people. They are friends and co-workers I know I can depend on. It does not matter how bad the situation may be. I know I can count on the loyal people in my life.
I like people of integrity as well. I like knowing I never have to question their words, actions, or motives. What you see is what you get. Their integrity makes trusting them easy.
But should loyalty ever trump integrity? Is there a time when that is appropriate? Continue Reading…