Author Archives: Jeffrey Thomason

April 05

Things The Boss Doesn’t Tell You

Having just concluded a post about not keeping secrets, it occurred to me that in fact, there are probably a few secrets your boss hasn’t, and won’t ever, tell you.  Examining them is food for thought for the new leader and aspiring leader.  The experienced leader should also take note because if you can’t check the […]

April 05

The Secret To Leadership Isn’t A Secret

There is a saying that goes “Three can keep a secret if two of them are dead”.  While this may be the creed of the professional  intelligence officer, in the world of the leadership of human beings by other human beings, the goal is the opposite.  The temptation to keep secrets can often be the undoing of […]

March 28

The Difference Between Training and Development

The Center for Creative Leadership has been studying the development of leaders for over 30 years, which qualifies them to say a thing or two about how to get from A to Z in the pursuit of your own leadership zenith. One consistent topic is the identification of the various types of learning experiences and […]

March 23

Entitlement and Leadership

The cliché of the executive washroom to which the entitled Chief Executive dispenses access like cash is a staple of many of the Reagan-era Hollywood depictions of the corporate leader. It was (then) a perfect description of how those outside the boardroom viewed life inside. It definitely was the kind of image that was likely to strike […]

March 16

The Power of Perception

The late Steven Covey has long been considered one of the more important voices in the self-help genre over the past few decades.  His signature work, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, was first published in 1989 and has sold over 15 million copies in 38 languages.  These numbers suggest that Dr. Covey’s observations […]

March 13

The Future of Work

One of my favorite magazines (not Time, by the way) had an article the other day which started some thoughts flowing about the overall concept of leadership.  Although the article never mentions the words “leadership”, the author, David Lewis, is an accomplished author and speaker who frequently lectures on the overall importance of leadership to […]

March 09

What’s in a Leadership Culture?

We have spent a great deal of time discussing important matters of personal leadership behavior, how to demonstrate it, who benefits, and why.  This gives rise to wondering how many leaders committed to their art are practicing it in an atmosphere akin to the wilderness? Seriously, if you are alone on your team in having an interest in this […]

March 07

How (and When) To Disagree With The Boss

There are several common pieces of DNA in every person who tends toward the leadership path in life. One of those common elements is a confidence in one’s own opinion or abilities that under the best of circumstances, can translate into the courage to seize opportunities as they occur, or make bold decisions when others hesitate.  All good, […]

March 03

The Hard Truth About Interviews

One of the frequent actions a leader must undertake is the autopsy of a failed promotional interview.  Leaders strive to achieve and upgrade their seat from  coach to business class when opportunities present.  As the saying goes, “nothing ventured, nothing gained”. However, taking a positive step of trying to make a vertical move in your organization brings with […]

February 28

In The Spotlight – And Not In A Good Way

I recently had the opportunity to participate as a neutral factfinder in what would commonly be considered an “EEO” complaint.  The process from that perspective brought back not so fond memories of a prior experience when I was actually a party to the fact-finding. Being in the “good” chair this time instead of the spotlight, and working […]

February 26

Happy Birthday, “Front of the Jersey”!!

Today marks one year since the launch of this blog on February 26, 2013.  Since that time, I have been able to put 65 blog posts up here for your consumption. This averages out to more than one per week for the past year and I can freely admit to the followers of this blog that […]

February 26

Competence vs. Character – The Army Dilemma

Recently, the top two generals in the United States Army, Chief of Staff Ray Odierno, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, told the Associated Press that the Army has suffered from a loss of focus and a failure to balance character with competence ….Sometimes in the past we’ve overlooked character issues […]

February 14

Captain Miller’s Rule – Gripes Go Up

War movies are sort of a cliche for finding leadership material.  For one, they are not everyone’s favorite genre’, so a respectable portion of aspirant leaders may not read any farther when someone starts quoting their favorite scenes. On the other hand, the topic of leadership is something endemic to the military, especially due to the […]

February 10

The Vision Thing – Motivating Others

There is an oft-quoted parable used to illustrate how vision translates down to the team. It centers around three stonemasons working at a job site who are asked what they are doing by a visitor. The first one, sweat pouring from his brow, grumpily replies that he is “cutting stone.” The second stonemason sighs, and says […]

February 07

How Much Are Style Points Worth?

Before you spit your morning beverage of choice out, have confidence that the answer to the title of this blog will be to your liking. I was struck by a recent post in Leadership Freak that discussed more than a few ways to be IR-relevant.  It also recalled for me an item in Forbes from a […]

February 01

The Natural Order of Things

It would not be a stretch to say that if you asked many people what the “natural career progression” would be at work, you would get many answers.  This is a topic that is different with every team and is a product of  organizational economic stability, culture, experience, and potentially even the dominating personality of the […]

January 13

What Kind Of Follower Are You?

This blog is about the art of leadership, and as I have said on several  occasions, is aimed at the leader, the aspiring leader, and those who are led.  Many of the topics I have covered thus far focus in on the perspective of those  first two groups. The last group, the led, are known by another […]

December 31

Of Resolutions and Such, Part 2 – How Not To Suck At Email

According to a 2010 study, a little short of 300 billion emails are sent daily. After deducting 90% of that figure as spam, this results in about 15 emails per day sent/received by about two billion actual users (and not computer generated ED pill salesman). With the assumption that this is not the first post of […]

December 29

Of Resolutions and Such, Part 1 – Email Sucks

There are several interesting articles that discuss the many reasons email sucks. From ambiguous etiquette rules, to poor expression of emotion, to the permanency of your heat-of-the-moment rants, email can be frustrating to the leader and the follower alike. From a leadership perspective, email can be a time suck that delays or even defeats your […]

December 22

Culture vs. People

In my morning newspaper today was a story about the hometown college football team who suspended the quarterback for the rest of the season for violating a team rule.  While this may not be a higher order “man bites dog” story, I was struck by a number of elements to the drama.  The player in […]