Leadership

Redefining Limits: The Hidden Value of Hard

By MarioSeptember 27, 2012 Coast Guard, Leadership, Learning, Speeches

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 […]

Inspired vs. Required

By MarioDecember 19, 2011 Business, Coast Guard, Leadership, Military

A traveler saw two men cutting stone from a mountain and placing the blocks on carts. He asked them, “What are you doing?” One said, “Can’t you see? We’re cutting stones from this mountain.” The other man gave the traveler an understanding look and said, ….”We’re building a church.” (for non-USCG readers, sorry for the […]

Mea Culpa – Repost

(Well – that took a little longer than I thought it should (3 years?) but Blagojevich finally found out he did something wrong.  A few years ago, the incredulous way he said “I did nothing wrong”  compelled me to write a few words on blame.  I’m re-posting now in honor of …accountability.)   After years […]

Generation Vet: The New Young Heroes

By MarioNovember 11, 2011 Leadership, Military

These young men and women (two-thirds of them were under 28 years old) had joined the service between 2003 and 2007. What that means is that they spent years of their young lives watching their friends and families come home dead or wounded and still said, “Sign me up.” At a time in the world where going into harms way was an “imperative” rather than a remote possibility, these people had volunteered anyway.

A Plea to Texas Lawmakers

By MarioSeptember 15, 2010 Leadership, Water Safety

I received a copy of a powerful letter sent to members of the Texas State Senate and Governor Rick Perry.  The Letter is from a reader whose grandson drowned last year.  Shortly after his death, she discovered that her state is one of the few that have no residential pool safety laws regarding access, and […]

We are Smarter than Me

By MarioApril 11, 2010 Coast Guard, Leadership

(With special thanks to Peter Stinson who first introduced me to the possibilities of WIKI Based knowledge management.) Of all the jobs in the Coast Guard, vessel inspections presents newcomers with the most seemingly insurmountable mountain of information to learn. Confused by the thousands of pages of regulations, NVICs, conventions, and other official guidance from […]

The Missing Competency

By MarioDecember 16, 2008 Business, Leadership, Opinion

Students of leadership in any organization have, at one time or another, considered defined leadership competencies as a road map of sorts for personal growth. They represent the qualities, talents, and abilities that make up the perfect leader.