West Point

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Integrity and Unethical Rule Followers

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 […]

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Do I Own The Wins AND The Losses?

“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 […]

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You Can Be An Unethical Rule Follower

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 […]

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West Point’s Prayer for Leaders on July 4

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 […]

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West Point – Plebe Boxing and Leadership

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 […]

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A Tribute: To A Fallen Friend And Hero

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.

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Lessons from the 2015 Army-Navy Game

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 […]

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IMPACT Talk Radio host Dave Anderson interviews General Jim Anderson of West Point

Dave Anderson of Anderson Leadership Solutions interviews General James L. Anderson of West Point and Vietnam War veteran discussing the importance of developing character on your team. If you want the core values of your team to actually be lived out in their behaviors listen to General Anderson. Free PDF downloads are available at Overwhelmedmanagersguide.com. Podcasts […]

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West Point’s Eleven Principles of Leadership – Rewritten

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 […]

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Should Loyalty Trump Integrity

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 […]

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