Here is a teaser outlining the
chapters of my book and a short description of the chapters involved in the
project. Each chapter tackles a specific anecdote and the professional
leadership traits and tactics that I took away from the incident. The entire
project is designed to be entertaining while still discussing specific troubles
and problems that managers and supervisors deal with on a daily basis.
Attitudes – Beliefs – Values - Truthfulness –
Fairness – Consistency – Getting’ Better and Efficient
Tommy’s Moose is
an adventure that takes the reader on a trek of terror and the steps taken to
abate that terror. There’s an unscheduled late night visitor to a lonely guard
post—what excitement that visitor creates. Discussion points include: the
attitudes – beliefs – values of those you work with, the role of being truthful
– fair & consistent with those you work with, and the goal of always
striving to make your organization better and more efficient.
The Doors blew open
Calm vs. Excited - Trust
The Doors Blew Open
is adventure that really wasn’t. What happens when there is almost an
adventure, a bad situation and the reactions to what might have been? The level
of excitement achieved an extremely high point. The discussion points revolve
around excitement and what Chicken Little would do given the opportunity.
Nenana – Two shorts and a long
Human Skills - Technical Skills - Interviewing
for Technical Skills - Conceptual Skills
- Writing Skills- Interviewing in general -
Ability to Lead
Nenana – Two Shorts
and a Long relates the when brains
are not engaged occurrence involving an experienced petroleum handler//truck
driver who makes a small mistake and ends up feeling the brunt of it. I discuss
human and technical skills and how one should go about interviewing for those
skills. Additionally we look into conceptual skills and writing skills and I
hit briefly on the ability to lead.
Coaching the Cosmos
Matching requirements with employees - Motivating individual employees - Final
note on our participation
Coaching the Cosmos is
all about putting kids in the game and the part luck can play in that game.
Luck with the addition of skill and the results that just might be obtained.
The importance of matching requirements with employees and motivating of
individual employees is explored.
is a story that has never been told before as far as I know—others might have
but I haven’t. The tale takes the reader along on a short trip through the
woods, never knowing what might be around the next corner. What happens when others
want to be part of the excitement and what levels will they go to accomplishing
their involvement. Turning bad times into good times is sometimes much easier
than one might think. I discuss counseling, leading a group, the importance of
reading the vine—the preverbal grapevine.
Mess Hall Cups - It’s just a flippin’ Coffee Cup
Communication (good & bad) - Meetings:
their agenda and conduct - Get it right the first time - Organization and
Mess Hall Cups is
all about how crazy situations can get when communication is less that perfect.
The simple becomes next to impossible.
Here is a discussion of communication; both good and bad. Pointers are
covered on holding meetings and advice on getting it right the first time.
Hurricane Heaters and Practice in Combat Parking
More on authority, responsibility and
Hurricane Heaters and
Practice in Combat Parking is a tale about authority and what happens when
that authority is not applied correctly. I address how you correct inaction
when it should have been applied and discuss some additional pointers on responsibility.
500 Lb Bomb found – We’re Movin’ Out
Organization structure - Training status - Review
500 lb Bomb Found –
We’re Movin’ Out delves into organizations and their ability to react. The
selection of the players is of prime importance just as the selection of every
employee within a society: work, social, whatever. Organization structure is
explored along with the training status and review and evaluation process
Fitz and His Spare Tire
Think like Fitz - Giving instructions - Stupid
questions - Personal skills inventory - Mentoring - Integrity and principles
Fitz and His Spare
Tire lays out an adventure that took place because of someone thinking
instead of following instructions; people are individuals and almost always
want to do well. I tell of one of the best lessons I have ever learned—a real
life lesson. Think like Fitz and be sure you giving good instructions. I also
discuss how to handle those stupid
questions and methods of developing a personal skills inventory of those working
with you along with mentoring, integrity and the importance of principles is
Let me tell ya ‘bout Cold
Let Me Tell Ya ‘bout
Cold asks the question: how tough can you take it? Put yourself in the
situation and see what you would do? Just how cold have you ever been? Can you
imagine real cold? Victories have to be found wherever you can find them. Can
you take it?
They came from outta the
What’s going on? – Planning - Organizing
– Leading - Controlling – Just Maybe
Great Ping Pong Ball
Drop describes what can happen when
the lack of a good plan becomes the problem. How would you act if you had the
market cornered? Knowing what’s going on in your organization and how to plan,
organize, lead and control are the discussion points.
To Jack’s House - Part I
Responsibility – Accountability - Authority
To Jack’s House and
Back is about another short trip, the confrontation involved, the struggle
getting back home again and things that shouldn’t go bump but often do.
Responsibility, accountability, authority and power; where they come from and
how to deal with each are the center of the message here. What precedence is
and the New Guy syndrome add to the
tale along with the obtaining of authority and what to do in the face of the
To Jack’s House - Part II
Who makes the decision? – Precedence - The New Guy
Back from Jack’s House - Part I
Allowing Supervisors to supervise
Back from Jack’s House - Part II
Obtaining authority - The unexpected -
Up and Back – Part I
People vs. Mission Orientation -
Skills and Talent - Tell vs. Not tell – Self recognition
Up and Back and Up
Again is an account of people and perseverance under trying circumstances.
The adventure takes place on a one day trip (convoy) that ends up requiring two
days due to unforeseen complications and the actions of a few bad apples. The leadership
discussion concentrates on: are you a people vs. mission orientation manager,
skills vs. talent decision, telling vs. not telling employees everything, just
what’s important to you, are you having a good time, self recognition, second
guessing your subordinate managers or supervisors, cycles – changes – paying
attention and addresses the question: think
you got it tough?
And Up Again – Part II
Perseverance - Second guessing - Cycles –
Change – Attention - What’s important to you? – Turn-over (Got it tough?) - Have
a good time!
Huntin’ downhill (Bonus
Fun - Camaraderie
Huntin’ Downhill reminds
us that ya just gotta have fun, not at the cost of the mission, but while you
are getting there and almost every step along the way. I also discuss what to
do if you’re not having fun and why it should be of prime importance in your
career. Camaraderie with those you work with is looked into.
Appendix A - Howard’s Law
Howard’s Laws are
a set of principles that I have gathered throughout my career and always had posted
just inside the door in every office I have inhabited over that time. They are
very simple and pretty much apply universally.