Leading is a Breese When You Think Like Drew

There is something about Drew Brees and the results he has been able to deliver as part of every team in his career. He left college as one of the most-decorated players in the history of Purdue and the Big Ten Conference. He holds two NCAA records, 13 Big Ten Conference records and 19 Purdue University records. He remains the Big Ten record-holder in virtually every passing category, including completions (1,026), yards (11,792) and touchdowns (90). Brees’ starting season in 2002 with the San Diego Chargers led quickly to a 2004 Pro Bowl selection. Nine months after a 360 degree tear of his labrum and rotator cuff, he signed with the New Orleans …

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Collaboration and Diversity

My experiences with American Soldiers, American civilians, Central Asian, Asian, Indian, and Middle Eastern learners are that diversity presents more unique opportunities than unique challenges, especially when it comes to collaborative environments. However, the reality is that the diversity in today’s global marketplace usually means that one size does not fit all when it comes to learning. Therefore, deliberate efforts must be taken to develop the right construct for achieving the standards for learning. It is unrealistic to think that all learners will achieve the same levels of knowledge. But it is realistic to expect that the majority of students can achieve the learning standards required by the organization when …

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Five Powerful Points About Collaboration

Collaboration is a great word but all too often we do not implement a system that fosters collaboration and convinces people to the degree that they embrace the changes required.  As it is with every concept we want to bring to reality, there must be a method to execute and sustain the vision.  After seeing collaboration done well and done not so well, I believe there are five key points to bringing a truly collaborative environment to an organization. 1. It’s a “Vision Thing”. It is said “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.”  In this case, if you don’t know where you are …

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Support the 2015 Stand Up for Heroes

Many of you may not know about the Bob Woodruff Foundation’s annual Stand Up for Heroes event in New York City’s Madison Square Gardens.  If you do, then you know that it is one of the most rewarding events you could ever attend.  This year, Chris Botti, Seth Meyers, John Oliver, Ray Romano, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart and surprise guests will take the stage to raise awareness and funds for the Bob Woodruff Foundation. At the last event I attended, I was witness to Roger Waters (most known as bass player, co-lead vocalist, lyricist and principle member of the band Pink Floyd) leading an amazingly-talented group of disabled veterans in a …

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Walk the Walk

I was flying back to Saint Petersburg last month, settling into my business class seat when I noticed a young Marine in uniform boarding the plane.  He passed by and took a seat in the economy section of the plane.  I flagged down the flight attendant and asked her if it would be OK for me to trade seats with the young Marine on board.  I suppose it was just instinctive for me to offer having made so many trips back and forth from Afghanistan and the Middle East with servicemen on board.  As it turns out, the Marine was an Infantry Officer who served five tours in Iraq and deserved a …

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The Perennial Project Issue – Communications

We have all seen or worked on projects where communications is a muddled string of emails, sticky notes, pictures of white boards, chat conversations, spreadsheets, briefings, and frankly Navaho knowledge that can only be extracted through a series of interviews with the team and other stakeholders.  Note that 53% of business analysts responding to surveys conducted by Blueprint Systems said that the majority of requirements feedback happens after sign-off in the development and testing stages.  We have seen requirement designs that were approved and entered the development process only to be corrected when the Business Requirements Document (BRD) was vetted for final validation and approval at user acceptance testing. This …

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