Character: Do you walk your talk?

The first of the 5C’s of Trustworthiness is CHARACTER. The question being asked about you by others in your circle is simply “Do you walk your talk?” Let’s dissect that question. First, your TALK. What are your VALUES? Are they positive and admirable — inspiring and deserving respect and approval? Are they shared by the other

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Competence: Seeking mastery

The question being asked is “Are you skilled enough to be our leader? our teammate? our coach? our teacher? our parent? etc. Keeping the focus on professional relationships (for the moment), what would it take to be world-class in your current position? Why would you settle for something less?   Here is today’s BFO (Blinding

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Character: Who are you?

High-Trust Leadership requires authenticity. It is more about who you are than what you say or the role you play. Sure, you need to have presence and be effective and efficient in vision, strategy, execution, and accountability. But if what you do is not consistent with who you are, your actions ring hollow, you inspire

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Competence: Perfect Practice

The Blue Angels don’t believe “practice makes perfect.”  They believe practice makes consistency and if you’re practicing poorly, haphazardly, indifferently, or infrequently, that’s the result you’ll get. Instead, the Blues believe “Perfect practice makes perfect.” That’s why they never just go flying.  Even when no one is watching, they march to their jets, climb in,

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Building connection through gratitude

grat·i·tude the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. synonyms: gratefulness, thankfulness, thanks, appreciation, indebtedness; recognition, acknowledgment, credit. Gratitude is viewed as a prized human trait in nearly all of the world’s major religious and cultural traditions. Yet, only within the past 20 years has science begun to examine gratitude as

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Communication: Lubricant of the High-Trust engine

The fifth question asked when judging someone’s trustworthiness is “Do I understand you?” It’s difficult to trust someone who you don’t understand. In flying in general, and Naval Aviation in particular, a lot of effort is dedicated to effective communication. Misunderstandings can be deadly if a pilot misunderstands what altitude she is assigned, a tower

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