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A Leadership Blog Reborn

Posted in Command Performance, Inaugural Posts with tags , , , , , on December 28, 2014 by Dale Wilson - Author of Command Performance

It has been far too long since I last posted to this blog.  Shame on me!  First, let me extend my sincerest apologies to those who have found this blog to be informative and inspiring.  I realize that my abrupt departure from writing has disappointed many loyal readers who have come to enjoy Command Performance Leadership.  I realize that one of the worst things a blogger can do is abandon their blog for long lengths of time, running the risk of losing readership, as well as the credibility of what the writer and the blog represents to its audience.  Although I have been mini-blogging on Twitter (@5StarLeadership), there is nothing like writing a blog that presents ideas and perspectives on topics that are compelling; themes and subjects that provoke thought and inspire discussion.

But, I’ve been a little busy, lately.  Let me offer a brief explanation, and bring you up to date on what’s been going on in my World.

In February of 2010, I found myself unexpectedly facing an abrupt transition in my career.  Laid-off from the company I had been working for, and on the brink of exiting the industry that I had spent the first twenty-years of my career, I was thrown into quite a discouraging and frightening set of circumstances for someone who had, up to that point, been settled into a comfort zone of stability virtually their entire career.  For the two years that followed, I struggled to gain footing onto a new career path.  But, In April of 2012, I entered into a hiring process for a business operations management position with an industrial butterfly valve company, serving the petro-chemical and power-generation markets.  After countless interviews, which occurred through the remainder of that year, I was hired to become the Business Manager of Quadax Valves, Inc.; a newly established start-up here in the United States.  I began my job in January of 2013 with the task of organizing the business administration and operations of this new business unit in a highly competitive and seasoned marketplace.  I have been hard at work and deeply engaged in those endeavors, building the North America operation for our parent company, which is headquartered in Forchtenberg, Germany.

In my absence from writing, the military leadership genre in the blogosphere has continued to grow, with online discussions about the synergies between military and private-sector leadership continuing to add new voices.  In a recent Tweet, The Military Leader shared a post from his blog, “7 Military Blogs You Need to Check Out,” which highlighted his ‘go to’ list of blogs that focus on the discussion of military leadership.  That blog post, and the Tweets in reply that followed, revealed that there are many in social media (blogs, Twitter, etc.) talking about military leadership and life in the military; far more than when I first started my blog a few years ago.  The Military Leader has since expanded his Blogs Page, and I am proud that my blog now appears on that list among other blogs I aspire this blog to be like.

So, I better get back to it, if I want to be considered a legitimate and credible resource in this genre.  There’s a lot of work to do to get my blog back to where it used to be, and to enter back into the forum of discussion with those who find that there is great importance in highlighting the traits and skills that our military offers, and to tell the many stories about how military leadership has its place in today’s corporate environment.  Command Performance Leadership will take its place among its peers in the blogosphere.

Of course, this is an ideal time to bring this blog back to life.  With a new year upon us, we should all be looking to kick aside old and bad habits, and to resolve to develop new behaviors and lifestyle changes that will bring greater success and victory.

For those of you that are new to my blog, WELCOME!  I am grateful that you have found it.  Please take some time to browse around this blog, paging back through recent and older posts, and using the search tool to look for topics that interest you.  For a quick-start to the blog, please read About the Blog and The Birth of a Leadership Blog to learn more about the premise and purpose of this blog.  And, I encourage you to look through the Archives of Past Posts.  I sincerely hope that what is within the pages of this blog now, and posts that I write in the future, will interest you enough for you to become a loyal reader.

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Reaching a Minor Milestone (and a retrospective)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2012 by Dale Wilson - Author of Command Performance

This is my 50th published blog post, since the birth of this leadership blog on December 5th, 2011.  Not a very significant milestone, I admit, but one that I wanted to celebrate with this post.

In the less than four months of its existence, Command Performance Leadership has experienced some early successes.  It has attracted a diverse audience of people who have been interested in exploring the synergies between military and corporate leadership, as well as fellow bloggers from all across the blogosphere.  I sincerely hope that I have provided a quality, worthwhile resource on the internet, and that this blog has delivered on the expectations of those who have taken the time to find out more about the blog, and to learn what “Command Performance” leadership really means.

I continue to work on the blog’s organization, recently creating a Site Map to properly index and organize the posts according to topic, genre or feature.  The Site Map is intended to make it easier to navigate and surf the site to find content and archived posts.  This has also been done to allow new blog visitors to catch up on what they may have missed, avoiding the need for them to page back through pages and pages of older posts, or aimlessly searching categories or tags.

Creating a blog on WordPress has been a very interesting and exciting experience.  The blogosphere is one of the least known forms of social media, although it seems to get most of its attention on the topics of politics and economics.  It is my opinion that the blogosphere is cyberspace on steroids.  But, if you really want to meet some truly fascinating people, just start a blog; a blog about anything.  I have been introduced to people who I would have never met had it not been for this blog.

In the short four months that Command Performance Leadership has existed, the blog has had over 10,800 page views by people from over 90 countries around the World, and has attracted 119 followers.  Proof that if you build it, they will come.

The following is a list of the top posts since this blog started on December 5, 2011.  It’s not the traditional top ten.  Instead, I offer the top ‘baker’s dozen’:

  1. Toxic Leadership
  2. Schofield’s Definition of Discipline
  3. Good to Great (A Submariner’s Profile in Empowerment)

There are a few of my favorites that didn’t make the top thirteen that I think deserve an honorable mention.  Here are six of them:

  1. Leadership Effects (A Guest Blog Post from the Front Lines)

For some reason, one of my favorite posts has fallen to the very bottom of the rankings among all 50 of the posts.  I thought for sure that the post, “Merry Christmas,” would have gotten hundreds of hits.  I think that it didn’t get very many views because I posted it very early in the life of the blog; less than three weeks after it was started.  At that time, the blog had very few visitors and followers.  Maybe now that I have featured it here, it will get a little bit of a boost.  When you see the post, and watch the two videos, you’ll see why I say that.  Unfortunately, it is early Spring, and the true impact of these holiday videos will not be felt if you were to view them now, as we typically have a seasonal spirit around Christmas.

I sincerely appreciate all of the people who have visited my blog, especially those who have subscribed to be followers.  I am humbled by the blog’s success thus far, and will strive to continue to deliver quality content going forward.  Starting with this blog post, things will really get ramped up.  The frequency of my posts will increase, as will the in-depth discussion of leadership.  I invite you to continue this journey with me.  Thank you for your continued readership and support.

Dale R. Wilson

Copyright © Dale R. Wilson

Military Leadership (Concepts of Command) – The Premise Behind the Book

Posted in The Book - Military Leadership (Concepts of Command) with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2012 by Dale Wilson - Author of Command Performance

I can’t recall how long I have thought about writing a book.  I had many thoughts swirling in my mind about what I might write about and who the target audience might be, and I always knew that writing a book would be a great accomplishment.  But, my desire to write a book went further than that.  In this post, I want to share with you what is going into “Military Leadership – Concepts of Command (The comprehensive Study of the Leadership Competencies of the United States Military).

This blog was created to become the springboard for writing the book, among other reasons.  I knew that I needed to get into the routine and practice of writing regularly, and that I needed to create a theme that would create the framework for what the book would become.  December 5, 2011, was the birth of a leadership blog now known as Command Performance Leadership.  Ultimately, the content of the blog will be my notepad and library of information for writing the book.

As the blog develops, you will begin to see a common theme and pattern, as I begin to piece together the content of the book.  I’m not suggesting that I won’t bounce from topic to topic and back again, but you will notice that certain chapters will be formed.  We have already gone through a few topics that will form the content of the book, such as Qualities of a Leader, Core Values, Eleven Principles of Leadership, and Qualities that Lead to Success, as well as the posts in the toxic leadership series.  As I continue to format the blog, it will soon take on the theme that I am after.  I’d like this blog to become a destination, just as a library would be, for anyone who wants to learn from and contribute to the subject of military leadership.  Hence, the Command Performance Leadership blog will become a virtual library.

Along with writing this blog and the book comes the research and study about the topic of military leadership.  This is what I am looking forward to the most.  As you can imagine, I am fascinated with the subject of leadership, and, of course, military leadership.  Understanding that I am below an amateur when it comes to writing, and the reason for this blog is to strengthen my writing skills, I am hopeful and eager to discipline myself into a routine where my studying and writing habits are developed.  I can easily equate the work and research I am about to conduct to getting a masters degree in advanced military history and leadership.  I welcome the challenge, and look forward to the long, hard march.  Most importantly, I am glad you are along for the ride.

Below, I introduce the draft of the Table of Contents.  It remains a work in progress, and is not nearly complete.  It is the outline of what will become Military Leadership (Concepts of Command).  In chapter one, I will write about the history of the people and philosophy of military leadership throughout history.  Chapter two will discuss what leadership is, what makes a great leader, the rigorous schooling (such as military academies, ROTC, OCS, etc.), and the profession of arms.  Chapter three will more specifically go into the principles and virtues that make a great leader, and how to capsulize those qualities into a successful leader.  Chapter four will be about leading on the foundation of strong character, built by strong moral responsiblity, leading by example, and guided spiritual by one’s faith.  Chapter five will go into some of the personal management traits vital to becoming an organized and forward-thinking leader; organizational skills, time management, stress management, personal responsiblity, managing your life’s skills, etc.  Chapter six puts everything into action on the battlefield of life.  Chapter six’s title pretty much speaks for itself; “Theory into Practice ~ Officership in Action.”  Chapter seven is entitled “Human Factors that Contribute to the Leadership Challenge,” and discusses the challenges we face as human, let alone military leaders (or, leaders in general), that are forces to contend with; fear, stress, anxiety, fatigue, etc.  Chapter eight moves into the topics tactics and strategy as a leader.  Not maneuver tactics or strategy, but leadership tactics and strategy.  Chapter eight discusses critical thinking, decision-making, motivation, and problem-solving.  Chapter nine discusses change and transformation of people and the organization.  Chapter ten takes everything that has been discussed previously in the book and discusses the action phase; putting everything together to lead the organization to victory.  Chapter ten will play out as an actual battle plan for leadership.  It will go into preparedness for taking action, communicating intent, ensuring the readiness of the organization, staging the resources for battle, maneuvering toward objectives, the struggles in the face of adversity, after action reviews, accountability and mission accomplishment, etc.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Prologue – Leading the Charge: “Forward…March!”

Chapter One – Historical Perspectives on Military Leadership

Voices of doctrine, Echoes of Wisdom – Masters of the Science – Icons of Diplomatic Military Protocol – The Patriotic Spirit – Our Nation, Our Soldiers

Chapter Two – Foundations of Leadership

Leadership Defined – Qualities that Lead to Success – Learning the Art/The Academic March Toward Leadership – The Military Profession

Chapter Three – Dimensions of the Professional Soldier

Guiding Principles – Wisdom of Excellence – Comprehensive Review of Leadership’s Essential Principles – Situational Awareness – Putting these Elements of Success into Action

Chapter Four – Leader of Character

Duty, Honor, Country – Framework of Values – Moral Courage – Doing the Right Thing – Leadership by Example – Spiritual Fitness; For God and Country – Positive Mental Attitude

Chapter Five – Core Competencies for Self-Improvement

Getting Organized – Stress Management – Time Management – Taking Personal Responsibility for Time & Results/Accountability

Chapter Six – Theory into Practice ~ Officership in Action

Officer’s Call – Chain of Command – Leadership versus Management – Creating the Ideal Workplace Environment – Building Esprit de Corps and the Organizational Culture – The Business of Leading People – Effective Communication – The Edifice of Leading People – Cohesion ~ The Organizational Bond – Executive Leadership – Discipline & Obedience – Mentorship – Counseling to Influence Outcomes – Modeling Behaviors through the Art of Influence

Chapter Seven – Human Factors that Contribute to the Leadership Challenge

Fear – Stress – Anxiety – Fatigue – Communication Breakdown – Complacency

Chapter Eight – Battle Command

Warrior Spirit – The Professional Soldier as Warrior – Tactical Theory and Practice – Fundamentals of Strategic Leadership – Critical Thinking and the Art of Decision Making – Motivating the Organization to Accomplish Missions – Purpose, Structure & Motivation – Crisis Management & Problem-Solving

Chapter Nine – Transforming the Organization

Create and Communicate the Vision – Empowerment of the Change Agents

Chapter Ten – The Long Road to Victory

Putting it all together – The Power of Pride – Duty Calls – Mission Ready – Command Performance – The Long, Hard March – Maneuvering Toward the Objective – Facing Adversity & the Test of Fortitude – Mastering the Challenge – After Action Review – Assessment, Responsibility, Accountability – Reaching for the Stars – Mission Accomplishment ~ Job Well Done!

Epilogue – Celebrating Victory

Notes

Bibliography

Copyright © Dale R. Wilson

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