Leaders: Pause and Assess – Are You On Your Flight Path? Does It Need Updating?

by Tom Ruby and Scott Bethel We're now half a year into the Covid-19 Pandemic. So much has changed and so many experts have missed the performance or integrity cut that few people can be certain they have confidence in what is real and what isn't. Now is the time for business and government leaders [...]

By |2020-07-03T13:06:29+00:00June 30th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

The Wrong Predictions We Will Recover From

This Coronavirus pandemic has interrupted individual lives and communal national lives to a degree unseen by younger generations in their lives. Older generations who lived through WWII are nearing the end of their lives and their memories  of their lives during that time are fleeting. That means this pandemic is genuinely a new experience for [...]

By |2020-05-22T18:29:19+00:00May 22nd, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Time for a New Electronic Training Program

Pretty much everyone has tired of the novelty of Zoom meetings and Zoom Happy Hours. And yet we can be assured that we will be conducting core office meetings electronically beyond the foreseeable future. Even after the Covid-19 pandemic is a memory, the effects will linger in the form of working from home and drastically [...]

By |2020-05-18T17:03:50+00:00May 18th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

The Humility We Need To Get Through The Pandemic

Excellent piece in The Atlantic, "Why The Coronavirus Is So Confusing." It gets back to a previous post on the Equation which discusses how to deal with situations in which there are lots of variables. We people are not very good at considering the interaction between multiple causal variables working at the same time. Here [...]

By |2020-04-30T14:18:41+00:00April 30th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Why You Need a Chief Analyst

If the Coronavirus pandemic has taught us anything, it is the importance of evidence in decision-making. Facts abound in the world. Most are irrelevant to any particular issue. But being unaware of the facts relevant to your organizational situation blinds you as a leader. I encourage all senior leaders, especially CEOs and Board members to [...]

By |2020-04-22T15:11:26+00:00April 22nd, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Covid-19 forces changes to our predictions

With time comes clarity. That is the case with much that happens in life. So it is with the Coronavirus. Not with the science of how the virus infects people. That is known. But with how it moves from person to person before they show symptoms, how long it can remain on surfaces, how far [...]

By |2020-04-17T13:50:46+00:00April 17th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Leaders Moving Forward Post-Coronavirus

It is genuinely difficult for leaders today to think ahead to how they're going to lead their businesses, departments, governmental jurisdictions, trade organizations, etc, out of the present darkness of pandemic. After all, they're practically overwhelmed by managing the disruption day-to-day to remain open and active. Here's the thing...Leaders, the preponderance of your focus has [...]

By |2020-04-15T17:28:48+00:00April 14th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

The World Will Change This Year – Leaders Should Prepare Now

By Tom Ruby and Scott Bethel Back in the first week of January, Tom posted some specific predictions for what the world would see in 2030. Not yet half a year into that decade, the Coronavirus Pandemic is accelerating some of those predictions. Sure, there were people who predicted that a pandemic would wreak havoc [...]

By |2020-03-31T22:57:08+00:00March 29th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Progress Report on Covid-19/Coronavirus

We're now a couple of weeks into the Pandemic that is the Coronavirus or Covid-19. It is time for a progress report on where we are and what are our prospects for recovery. First and foremost, we need to remember, reiterate and remind one another that this pandemic is real and not a hoax. It [...]

By |2020-03-25T19:24:45+00:00March 25th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Leaders, Your Career Could Be Defined This Week and Next

With the Covid-19 Coronavirus now in full Pandemic mode, leaders at every level, from political leaders to titans of industry, to small business leaders, to town councils and emergency management planners, all eyes are on you. In times of crisis, people look for someone to follow. In times of crisis, people look around for the [...]

By |2020-03-19T00:21:11+00:00March 17th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Scaling up is good. Its also really hard. Help for thinking it through.

How many of you are in a business whose investors or owners have set an aggressive growth goal for the company? Or perhaps you have been told you're really great at something that you should scale up?  Growth and scaling are natural and good goals for companies. It can be incremental, slowly building more capacity [...]

By |2020-02-26T20:19:44+00:00February 21st, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Be Deliberate In All You Do

There's a mythical person it seems that most everyone wants to be like, the spontaneous, carpe diem, grab-my-overnight-bag-and-go-at-the-drop-of-a-hat person. The person who doesn't overly think things through. The person that feels the best way to start a project is to just start it and go from there. Real life, however, is not so romantic. Real [...]

By |2020-02-10T15:32:28+00:00February 10th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Lessons for a Young Professional

I've been corresponding recently with a young friend friend I used to work with. We were discussing weekly reflecting. Taking time out to think about where you are personally and professionally. He has really good insight for someone at his stage in his career, far better than I had at the same point many [...]

By |2020-01-24T20:32:43+00:00January 24th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Lessons from Afghanistan to all business leaders

The Washington Post has done a service to its readers and indirectly all businesses in its years-long effort to expose the waste of lives, resources and time the US government alone has spent in Afghanistan over the last 18 years. There ought to be hand-wringing in the halls of the Pentagon and Foggy Bottom and [...]

By |2020-01-16T19:28:36+00:00January 16th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

We Don’t Know What We’re Doing

George Packer, writing on the passing of Leslie Gelb in The Atlantic, quoted Gelb in saying "Foreign policy makes no sense." Packer added: "He meant that our leaders, even ones he respected, often don’t know what they’re doing. They have to make decisions with large but unknowable consequences in ignorance, thinking wishfully, perhaps under the [...]

By |2019-09-11T21:28:07+00:00September 11th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

John Casciano – Requiescet in Pace

With the passing of Air Force Maj Gen (Ret) John Casciano, the country has lost a leader, a gentleman and mentor for countless men and women over the last 5 decades. A career intelligence officer who rose on a non-traditional path that included both Strategic Air Command and Tactical Air Command, a long deployment to [...]

By |2019-09-04T14:34:00+00:00September 4th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

On President George H.W. Bush

On Wednesday the 28th of May, 1986, then Vice President George H.W. Bush gave the commencement address at the US Air Force Academy. The speech itself was unremarkable. It was the man himself that stood out to me. He was very gracious. While most of my fellow newly minted lieutenants stiffly saluted and shook his [...]

By |2018-12-06T16:51:58+00:00December 6th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Audits Are Really About Trust

In a Christmas Day release from The National Interest, (retired Army General) Tom Spoehr makes a passionate case that the upcoming audit of the Defense Department is unnecessary and potentially wasteful. Sadly, this Op-Ed column is riddled with straw man arguments, false trails and magic pixie dust to deflect the targeted reader, in this case, [...]

By |2017-12-26T20:32:27+00:00December 26th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Future Dystopias Are Our Past and Present Human Nature

A family member once asked me during a home viewing of The Hunger Games what the point was of watching something that was so fantastical and obviously could never happen. I responded that this was not fantastical at all, but a fictionalization of human history. "When? When did this happen?" Well, I said, how about [...]

By |2017-12-11T21:13:28+00:00December 11th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Transparency is *Really* Important

Transparency. How much light gets through. Can you see what is on the other side of the divide? Perhaps no concept brings on headaches for senior leaders. Perhaps no concept brings on hesitation from investors. Perhaps no concept makes workers wonder whether their jobs will be secure in the future. Why? Why should I as [...]

By |2017-12-06T21:54:21+00:00December 6th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Professional and Business Leaders Must Now Declare Where You Stand

Well, this is an interesting time in the U.S., isn't it? For all those who say we should avoid discussing politics and religion at work and family gatherings, you have larger issues to worry about than having to figure out what is interesting about the weather, the early turning of leaves this summer, and the [...]

By |2017-11-23T18:26:01+00:00August 24th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

On Travel and Its Importance To You

"Someone hauled that wood up here." That was one key point of discussion when our family stood atop the Kofel, a small, but steep granite mountain on the west side of Oberammergau in the Ammergauer Alps of Germany. You don't need to be an experienced mountaineer to get to the top. The [...]

By |2020-01-08T16:24:55+00:00July 27th, 2017|Blog, Travel|0 Comments

Can You Change Your Mind? It’s Important.

If you've read this column over the last few years, you would likely have noticed several themes, one of which is peoples' remarkable consistency in getting in their own way on the road to success. I've written many times that the three most important words a senior leader can say is "I don't know." Once [...]

By |2019-09-11T12:47:02+00:00March 13th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

A Cautionary Leadership Tale

Warning Aspiring Leaders: If you set about bringing down the king, you had better be prepared to BE the king. That means fixing all the issues you were complaining about. Leading, governing is always harder than complaining. Side note: if you're unable to separate your political feelings from the intellectual argument on leadership that follows, [...]

By |2017-11-23T18:26:01+00:00February 14th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Look Around, Leaders. What Do You See?

Look around, leaders. Who do you see? Yes, it is meant to be a loaded question. We are told constantly through the popular culture and through many of our religious cultures that we are to see and value the dignity of the individual and not merely the skin colors or genders. And as far as [...]

By |2017-11-23T18:26:02+00:00January 31st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Are You “That Guy?” Here’s Some Help…

Sorry to say, but if you are, you don't know it, and most likely nobody is going to tell you. But there's hope. You can turn it around. Really. The New York Times piece "How To Keep Your Office Holiday Party From Going Off The Rails" is a good place to start. “Getting on top [...]

By |2017-11-23T18:26:02+00:00December 21st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Will You Survive The Unintended Consequences Of Your Good Actions?

One of the truths of all human endeavor, especially in business, is that your actions have consequences. That is, after all, why we make decisions and think about what we need to do to achieve our desired outcomes. And when we do it properly, we are rewarded with success. But what happens when we take [...]

By |2017-11-23T18:26:02+00:00December 21st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Be Ready To Answer What You Are Reading

"What are the last 5 books you've read?" I was surprised how often I was asked that question as a young rising professional by my bosses and other senior leaders considering hiring me. Then as I grew older, I found myself asking the same question to my direct reports when I took over a new [...]

By |2017-11-23T18:26:02+00:00December 6th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Embrace Processes For Business and Governance

Here is a typical situation when a leadership and organizational consultant goes into a new business to help them out. The consultant has a discussion with the client trying to get to the bottom of several issues in the front office. There are multiple paths that needed exploring, but the consultant's process tells him where [...]

By |2017-11-23T18:26:02+00:00December 2nd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments