Ignite! Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Stanford

I just completed Stanford University’s Ignite certificate program on Entrepreneurship for Post 9-11 veterans. Thirty two of us veterans spent nearly 4 weeks together, intensely engaged in learning the theoretical and practical aspects of how to take an idea for a product or service, evaluate it, develop it, and then commercialize it to succeed as…

Leading from Behind

Leading from behind? Isn’t that an oxymoron, like organized chaos, or a genuine fake? “Leading from behind” normally connotes a leader reacting to and being led by events rather than getting out in front of problems, setting objectives, and inspiring his/her organization to achieve great things. I will make the case however, that the best…

A Bias for Bold Action

I was recently invited to provide a Navy SEAL’s perspective to a conference on risk management.    As I was preparing my remarks, I realized that throughout my career in the Navy, “risk management” had been inherent in my duties as an officer and leader of audacious men in high risk operations, but I had never…

The Fifth Factor

Ok, what’s the “Fifth Factor?” That is the question I frequently get when I tell people I named my company “Fifth Factor Leadership.” This simple question seems to deserve a simple answer, but I don’t have a simple answer, except my standard wise-guy response: It comes right after the fourth factor. Which of course leads…