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  • This is the first Top 9 Lunch Privileged to be here Thanks to Col Stone, LTC Dopf, Dean Green, Jim Whetstone Stimulate discussion; not intended to be a one-way briefing You probably think leadership is as much fun as a self service massage parlor, but it transcends the present...you’re building a skills “tool box” use when appropriate Story about “Year of Training” education vs training 1991
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    1. 1. Overview <ul><li>Who You Are </li></ul><ul><li>What You Must Do </li></ul><ul><li>How You’ll Know When You’re There </li></ul>
    2. 2. Who You Are... A Leader <ul><li>An anchor point in an era of turbulence </li></ul><ul><li>A model for peers and subordinates </li></ul><ul><li>A business-oriented leader </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Military, Corporate, Entrepreneur </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Who You Are... A Future Executive <ul><li>Be confident and assured </li></ul><ul><li>Be yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Be a risk-manager </li></ul><ul><li>Realize nothing lasts forever </li></ul>
    4. 4. Who You Are... A Solution Provider <ul><li>“ It’s a whole new ballgame” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Paradigm shift </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Form must follow function </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many templates are no longer valid </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many expectations are no longer realistic </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Who You Are... The Product <ul><li>The potential to be best we have </li></ul><ul><li>Our hope for the future </li></ul><ul><li>A professional with a head start </li></ul><ul><li>You fail, we fail </li></ul>
    6. 6. All “the Boss” Wants <ul><li>Mature, confident, self-assured, humble-enough, expert leaders and advisors </li></ul><ul><li>To fight those fights their subordinates can’t: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Never bring a problem/challenge without a list of solutions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Enthusiasm </li></ul><ul><li>Continuous improvement </li></ul><ul><li>The Truth </li></ul>
    7. 7. What You Must Do... <ul><li>Perform </li></ul><ul><li>Learn </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare </li></ul><ul><li>Preside </li></ul><ul><li>Play </li></ul>
    8. 8. You Know You’re There When... <ul><li>You’re unselfish </li></ul><ul><li>You’re institutionally “street smart” </li></ul><ul><li>You affirm in public, evaluate in private </li></ul><ul><li>You inspire them </li></ul><ul><li>You always have options and frequently have better ways of getting the mission accomplished </li></ul>
    9. 9. Old School Maxims <ul><li>“ The scenery only changes for the lead dog.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Sacred cows make the best hamburger.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Once a camel’s back is broken it can accept an infinite number of straws.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ It’s easier to get easier than it is to get harder.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Today’s problems come from yesterday’s solutions.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ The easy way out usually leads right back in.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Success is determined not only by knowing what to do ultimately, but knowing what to do next.” </li></ul>

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