I was attending a leadership conference at work yesterday and our guest speaker was a West Point graduate and he discussed some of the leadership principles that are at the core of West Point graduates. I am sharing them below, but they are just as valuable in the business world as they are in the Military.
- Know yourself and seek self-improvement.
- Be technically and tactically proficient.
- Seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actions.
- Make sound and timely decisions.
- Set the example.
- Know your soldiers and look out for their well-being. Keep your subordinates informed.
- Develop a sense of responsibility in your subordinates.
- Ensure that the task is understood, supervised, and accomplished
- Build the team.
- Employ your unit in accordance with its capabilities.
Sunday proved to be a perfect day for an afternoon race. Great weather and a good result. Going into the race for my 4th time, I knew the course, but knew I was under trained. I managed to place 29th overall out of almost 700 entrants.
It was also the first time in a long time I felt physically sick while running, I have not had to run that hard in a long time and with less than 700 miles in my legs this year they were not used to it. Enjoy the pictures of me in some short-shorts.
Many of us have stayed at hotels (or a lot of hotels). While most generally do a good job, there are some pet peeves that really bother me. its not many, and most are pretty basic.
Slow drains. Clearly if I turn on my shower and the bottom begins to fill with water maintenance is slipping. It makes me think of what else may be wrong and yes I expect someone to fix immediately.