The Most Challenging Role of Being a Leader

I often am asked what is the most difficult role of the leader?  While there are many difficult roles, my experience and that of those with whom I’ve talked would say the most difficult and time-consuming task is getting the right leadership team in place. Adaptation Is a Must Organizations like human beings need to […]

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Leading An Organization’s Turnaround

There are several steps I have learned to follow when coming into an organization to lead a turnaround.  Normally, the organization is in crisis because it is not meeting its goals, and it has lost sight of its consumer or customer.  Human psychology is that when an organization gets into crisis, its people turn inward.  […]

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The Most Important Trait Of A Good Leader

Throughout my careers as an officer in the U. S. Army, CEO of The Procter & Gamble Company, and Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs; I learned that the most important trait of a leader is their character. Honesty Is Incredibly Important As a young Second Lieutenant, Airborne, Ranger, Infantry Officer leading First Platoon, […]

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Recent Posts

13th Annual Stand Up for Heroes

It was an honor for both Diane and I to attend the 13th Annual Stand Up for Heroes event organized by the Bob Woodruff Foundation in the Hulu Theater of Madison Square Garden in New York City November 4, 2019.  I also attended the Leadership Council meeting of the Bob Woodruff Foundation that morning, kindly hosted […]

Bob McDonald VA Portrait Unveiling

We walked over to the VA headquarters building before 4 p.m.  Once we walked in the door, Diane and I were inundated with our former colleagues and friends.  We introduced our daughter Jenny and her husband Scott Rowland.  First it was the members of Protocol, then our photographers, then our Special Agents, and then office […]

National Veterans Resource Center Tour

Thursday morning Ray Toenniessen, Associate Vice President of IVMF, picked me up and took me to the new National Veterans Resource Center, a new building on the Syracuse campus that will house IVMF and its resources.  It is a beautiful new building, funded primarily by a donation by Dan D’Aniello, Co-Founder of Carlyle and Chair […]