Vice Adm. Robin Braun, Chief of Naval Reserves, inspects a recruit drill platoon at the weekly pass-in-review graduation at Recruit Training Command (RTC). RTC trains more than 37,000 Sailors annually. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Doug

Do Your Applicants Have the Right Stuff?

Today’s mission is “how to determine if a potential teammate is a behavioral fit for the job or position.”  Behavioral fit is one of the six criteria you should evaluate every job candidate or potential team member. Each job lends itself to different behaviors.  When

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Army Recruiter

Interviewing for Values

Today, we are discussing the first of the six different criteria we need to look for when we’re hiring a member for our team, values.  As I’ve stated before, the values of a team member need to match our organization’s values. If they don’t, it’s

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USS Triton Surfacing off Cadiz 1960

How to Conduct an Effective Interview

A question that I’m frequently asked is “How do I know that the person I’m interviewing is going to be the same person I’m going to get if I hire them?”  This is an acknowledgment of what we all know subliminally, that people are on

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United States Navy SEALs

Hire the Best or Create your Own Elite Team

Hiring the Best, a Failed Leadership Strategy Today, we are going to discuss why building a team by hiring the best most accomplished people in their field is a leadership strategy that is doomed to failure.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that

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Image taken from a cockpit of a plane

Becoming a Locked on Leader

In the 30 years that I’ve been leading people in various organizations, I’ve always endeavored to try and make their lives that much more enjoyable. They look forward to work and they become engaged in what they do. I want to set people up for

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Gettysburg Cannon on Cemetery Hill

Secrets to Successful Hiring

On July 1, 1863, General Richard S. Ewell of the Confederate Army had a golden opportunity that could change the course of history.  It’s the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg and Union soldiers, under General William Scott Hancock had retreated and dug in

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AOCS Graduation picture

Targeted Employee Training

It’s dark and rainy night, I am soaked and alone in a sea of strangers. I walk up the steps of an antebellum building, complete with Ionic columns from a bygone age.  The beauty of the architecture is lost on me as I enter into

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Battle of Midway

There is No Midway in Leadership, or is there?

The deep blue of night slowly yields to pink, revealing bucolic clouds that would ordinarily be a precursor to an indolent day lounging in a hammock, but not today.  The pastoral stillness of early morning is destroyed as sounds of massive 14-cylinder engines join the

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Greatest thing in life is experience. Even mistakes have value. - Henry Ford

Let Your Failures Inspire Others

One of the most impactful leadership experiences I ever had occurred while in the Navy.  We had just gone through a change of command where the old Executive Officer (XO, the #2 officer in the squadron) was promoted to Commanding Officer (CO) and a new

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