News From LBD
May 2016 Volume 6 Issue 5
   Memorial Day Leadership Lessons

Memorial Day is about more than barbecues, at least it should be. It is a day to remember the sacrifices of the men and women who served in our armed forces and gave what Abraham Lincoln famously referred to as the "last full measure of devotion" to this country.

The men who led them into battle also gave us many important ideas about leadership and strategy that have proven just as valid and useful in the world of business as they have in the arena of war. But many business leaders find that their efforts to apply these principles fall short of their mark.

I learned why this week from a friend who is a major in the U.S. Army.  "Military leadership is built on the foundation of shared suffering," he explained to me. "Most people who try to apply the principles of military leadership don't understand that."

He said America's greatest generals were great because they understood this principle and lived by it. Generals such as Lee and Sherman cared deeply about their soldiers and shared not only in their triumphs, but also in their privations.

As Gen. Patton once said, "Do everything you ask of those you command."

That is good advice - and it is advice that many business leaders too often fail to heed.

Bruce Hoffman (contributor ) - FORBES/Leadership


What Leaders Are Reading

The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything by Guy Kawasaki --

What does it take to turn ideas into action? What are the elements of a perfect pitch? How do you win the war for talent? How do you establish a brand without bucks? These are some of the issues everyone faces when starting or revitalizing any undertaking, and Guy Kawasaki, former marketing maven of Apple Computer, provides the answers. 

EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Wisdom from the Trenches  by Dave Ramsey -- 

Your company is only as strong as your leaders. These are the men and women doing battle daily beneath the banner that is your brand. Are they courageous or indecisive? Are they serving a motivated team or managing employees? Are they valued? EntreLeadership helps you lead from the trenches.

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Leadership Tip of the Month
Leadership in an organization is the ability to influence the actions and behaviors of others toward the achievement of organizational goals.
Many volumes have been written which elaborate on the important and necessary characteristics of past and present leaders to accomplish this. As illustrated in the article on Memorial Day & Military Leadership, "shared suffering" is the foundation to build on.

Today's leader must be a facilitator, not just an order giver. In the words of Ken Blanchard, "Most managers, at least most smart managers, know that the days of the glowering, whip-cracking boss have long since passed."

Yes, leadership is situational, yet a good leader responds appropriately to the needs of the situation and the needs and expectations of those involved.
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John Branstad
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"Lead and inspire people. Don't try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be led."
 Ross Perot         
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