Leadership

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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2019 McDonald Conference for Leaders of Character

The mission of the McDonald Conference for Leaders of Character (MCLC) is to bring together a diverse group of the top undergraduate student leaders from across the globe with world class senior leaders who act as mentors in a team-based, experiential event that bolsters leadership skills, fosters critical thinking and collaboration, and develops potential strategies […]

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Creating Successful Environments That Attract Winners

One of my ten leadership beliefs is the importance of “everyone wants to succeed, and success is contagious.” I have never in all my life, in any career, in any country, at any time, met a person who tries to fail.  Everyone I have met wants to succeed.  So, the job of the leader is […]

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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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Recent Posts

McDonald Family Foundation Contributes to Female Entrepreneurship Grant

The Robert A and Diane J. McDonald Foundation has contributed matching dollars with Main Street Ventures for the The Wendy S. Lea Female Founder Grant that is awarded to first-time female founders and companies.  Read the complete article.

Bob McDonald To Receive 2020 Horatio Alger Award

Founded in 1947, The Horatio Alger Association honors the achievements of outstanding leaders who have accomplished remarkable successes in spite of adversity by bestowing upon them the Horatio Alger Award and inducting them as lifetime Members. The Association has named 14 individuals who have overcome adversity to achieve personal and professional success to is 2020 Member Class. Bob […]

Robert McDonald Room Dedication at The Thayer Hotel

Every guest room at the renown Thayer Hotel in West Point, NY is dedicated to a distinguished graduate of West Point.  The decor of each room reflects the accomplishments and milestones of an individual who has made significant contributions to the nation and world. Below are the major milestones in the life of Robert McDonald: […]