Leadership

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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Delivering Consistent, Outstanding Results

During my 33-years working for The Procter & Gamble Company, it often seemed that business people wanted to be associated with the strategy of the Company but not its execution.  Being involved in strategy seemed more fitting for leaders, and graduates of the world’s best MBA programs.  I once joked with Larry Bossidy, the co-author […]

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The Power of a Military Mindset: Lessons in Coping During Difficult Times

Army Veteran and former CEO of Procter and Gamble Bob McDonald, led the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs from 2014 – 2017 to improve Veteran access to healthcare and the many other benefits VA offers. It was an ambitious mission, and I was honored that I got to play a small part. Three colleagues and I […]

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Leadership In Government Matters More Now Than Ever

As COVID-19 spreads around the globe and throughout the United States, effective government leadership matters more than ever. You can read more about this critical need in a new article, published today, in the Harvard Business Review: A Nonpartisan Model for Developing Public Service Leaders, by myself, Doug Conant, and Andrew Marshall. The article introduces a […]

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Lift Your Leadership To New Heights

I recently received a copy of a new book from my good friend Doug Conant called “The Blueprint – 6 Practical Steps to Lift Your Leadership to New Heights“.  Doug was the CEO of the Campbell Soup Company when I was at Procter & Gamble and he now is the Founder of ConantLeadership. The book focuses […]

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Keynote Speech Re-Cap At SynFiny

I recently spoke to the partners and employees of SynFiny, a Cincinnati-based global consulting firm, about my leadership of the Department of Veterans Affairs.  I was asked to talk specifically about how to change corporate culture.  I began my talk by asking an important question, “What do you do, and what steps do you take, […]

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McKinsey Leadership Forum Re-Cap

It was my privilege to speak to a group of about forty or so business leaders at the McKinsey Leadership Forum.  Other speakers included my friends Admiral (Retired) Eric Olson, former Commander of the U. S. Special Operations Command, and Beth Colbert, former McKinsey Partner and Head of Office of Personnel Management when I was […]

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The Leadership Potential of War Veterans

Bob McDonald was recently interviewed by UATV during his visit to Ukraine to talk more about how the year-old The Ministry for Veterans Affairs can model itself after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. McDonald who is the former CEO of Procter & Gamble, and, the eighth United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs shared insight […]

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Bush Institute Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program

Last week participants gathered for an opening session at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, where they heard from President George W. Bush, General Peter Pace, former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald, and former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, among others. Participants were selected after a rigorous application and review […]

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What Makes For A Seamless Leadership Transition?

Seamless leadership transitions are necessary for organizations to sustain themselves and thrive.  Only 61 companies on the Fortune 500 list when it started in 1955 were still on the list in 2015.  Certainly one factor that led to the demise of those companies who fell off the list was poor succession planning and bad leadership […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]