Redefining Limits: The Hidden Value of Hard

There is a value to pushing the limits and expectations on students that has been lost because the training community failed to define the value inherent in these methods. In not applying a performance objective to fear and stress, many programs (including basic training and others) gave up a piece of what mattered most. Drawing [...]

By |September 27th, 2012|Coast Guard, Leadership, Learning, Speeches|4 Comments

Teaching Kids to Swim

In recent years, I've gotten hundreds of requests for information and advice about when children should start swimming lessons. Though I'd like to think I am a pretty smart guy, my experience in water safety has been predominantly on the rescue side. For a time I was an instructor at the U.S. Coast Guard Rescue [...]

By |July 10th, 2010|Learning, NDPA, Water Safety|15 Comments

The Myth of the Turnaround Employee

The unaccounted for variable in all these stories, from the "look what my caring leadership and mentoring has produced" series, are the other ten people that worked for you back in 95. What happened to them? What happened to your top three performers that you ignored while you were paying attention to your fixer-upper? Because something definitely happened to them - while you may have thought you were doing a good and noble thing, I personally believe you screwed up royal.

By |October 24th, 2009|Business, General Leadership, Learning, Opinion|5 Comments

Book Review: “Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior”

Ori and Rom Brafman's "Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior" is another excellent read on human behavior that can add to your understanding of how people make (or don't make) decisions. There are reasons that seasoned professionals, from all backgrounds and disciplines, make otherwise senseless decisions; and none of us are immune. A successful [...]

By |July 11th, 2009|General Leadership, Learning, Opinion|1 Comment