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The Importance of Leadership Training in the Veteran-Serving Community

There is no skill more important than leadership, and honing it is critical when it comes to supporting our veterans as they transition back into civilian life. I’ve always considered leadership training programs essential: As the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and, before that, the Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Procter & Gamble, I […]

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Leadership is a Relationship Highlights VA Transformation

So far, we’ve seen that little interventions and intentional language can build trust in the high-stress world of management consulting, the life-and-death world of the military, and the constantly changing world of technology.  They also work at the highest level of government. In June 2014, Bob McDonald had been retired from Procter & Gamble for […]

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Teaching at Harvard Business School

It was my honor to teach again at Harvard Business School on November 29.  I  joined my friend Professor Ryan Buell in class 27 (of 28) of his Managing Service Operations Course.  In 2016 Ryan and his colleagues Robert Huckman and Sam Travers studied the transformation we led at the Department of Veterans Affairs and […]

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Bob McDonald Receives President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement

Bob McDonald recently received the President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation which is affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  The award was bestowed upon McDonald because of his leadership in creating long-term economic opportunities that allow transitioning service members, veterans, military spouses, and caregivers to thrive in their […]

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Disabled American Veterans Dinner of Gratitude

The Diane J. and Robert A. McDonald Family Foundation was recently recognized by the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) at their Dinner of Gratitude on September 27, 2021 for being a “champion for veterans and DAV’s mission.”  The McDonald family, led by past Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Robert A. McDonald, helped raise money […]

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Bob McDonald Nominated for WPAOG Chair of the Board

The 2021 West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG) Nominating Committee recently met, with the primary task to select and recommend to the Membership, nominees for open governance positions. The Committee had a difficult task because many highly qualified graduates had submitted nomination packets. Nomination Process In accordance with the organization’s Bylaws, the Nominating Committee was […]

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Different Leadership Styles in Business and Beyond

Recently, I had the opportunity to be a part of the “march back” to West Point with the class of 2025.  It was interesting to see the different dynamics between this new class and my class of 1975.  Information, stories, and sage advice were shared with these future leaders about different experiences they will face […]

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What is The Center of Your World Map?

As a leader it is always our responsibility to escape our own ethnocentricity, work to understand other people’s culture, and empathize with their context to improve their lives.  As the Chairman, President & CEO of The Procter & Gamble (P&G) Company I would go into the homes of consumers all over the world, watch them […]

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Celebrating 50 Years of Our All-Volunteer Military and the Immigrants Who Strengthen It

When Captain Florence “Flo” Groberg was awarded the Medal of Honor in November 2015 for his heroic actions in Afghanistan, I was privileged to attend the White House ceremony as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. An Airborne Ranger qualified infantry officer, Flo tackled a suicide bomber in Afghanistan, causing a second suicide bomber to detonate his […]

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A Message from the 8th Secretary of Veterans Affairs About Memorial Day

On the last Monday of May, we pay tribute and acknowledge the sacrifices of courageous men and women who placed the interests of others above their own. In service to our Nation at Guadalcanal and Bastogne, the Chosin Reservoir and Pusan, at Khe Sanh, on the DMZ, in Fallujah and Kabul, and at hundreds of […]

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The Importance of Leadership Training in the Veteran-Serving Community

There is no skill more important than leadership, and honing it is critical when it comes to supporting our veterans as they transition back into civilian life. I’ve always considered leadership training programs essential: As the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and, before that, the Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Procter & Gamble, I […]

Leadership is a Relationship Highlights VA Transformation

So far, we’ve seen that little interventions and intentional language can build trust in the high-stress world of management consulting, the life-and-death world of the military, and the constantly changing world of technology.  They also work at the highest level of government. In June 2014, Bob McDonald had been retired from Procter & Gamble for […]

Teaching at Harvard Business School

It was my honor to teach again at Harvard Business School on November 29.  I  joined my friend Professor Ryan Buell in class 27 (of 28) of his Managing Service Operations Course.  In 2016 Ryan and his colleagues Robert Huckman and Sam Travers studied the transformation we led at the Department of Veterans Affairs and […]