I couldn’t take another breath. As a skinny ten-year old kid, I would toss rocks into the air, launching them one-by-one into the brilliant Arizona sky using a broom handle, broken stick, or anything else that could substitute for a bat. It was a million miles from the Bronx, New York, but each swing sent … Continue reading The Value Of Legacy Talent
The tension was almost palpable. My transition into the role of Human Resources Manager featured a learning curve that made Kilimanjaro look like the Bunny Slope at a local ski resort. That morning, I sat before my team, rowing against a tide of complacency and routine. They sat there, arms and legs crossed in an … Continue reading Achieving Excellence Through Culture
It was a simple comment attached to a recent post. The subject was April 7th, anniversary of the date I assumed command of the USCGC Point Whitehorn many moons ago. Scott, a member of my crew during that time, reacted to the post and offered this comment: “You were espousing the value of personnel and … Continue reading 4 “F” Words Define Balanced Approach To Leadership
Lift off was scheduled for 5:49am, Eastern Standard Time. The forecasted weather conditions were ideal, so I knew this time it would be a “Go”. You would have thought I was the one being strapped into the capsule that morning, rising well before SpaceX’s Crew-2 launch from the Kennedy Space Center on Florida’s Eastern Shore. … Continue reading 4 Questions That Transform A Curious Nature Into A Curiosity Culture
I never shy from my love for music, especially when original songs are reimagined and expressed through the eyes of another artist, perhaps one from a different generation or genre. Such was the case when Tommy Shaw, frontman and guitarist for the rock band Styx, performed with the Cleveland-based Contemporary Youth Orchestra at Sing for … Continue reading Sing For The Day! Captures Common Thread Among Generations
Mere utterance of the following five words, whether whispered or shouted, can force even the most compassionate person into a state of wonder and confusion: What's in it for me? How someone could be so self-centered as to imagine the world actually revolves around them? Amazing. Viewed from a simplified perspective, we recognize the … Continue reading A Relevant Question: What’s In It For Me?
Cast away, course set and true, To port o’ call ‘cross the Blue, Beware the currents, fast and strong Dead Reckon, lest ye be Dead Wrong Forgive me . . . my inner voice tends to speak with a pirate accent on occasion. For as long as ships have sailed the Seven Seas, sailors have … Continue reading Dead Reckoning: A Sailor’s Wisdom Applied to Personal Growth