Friday, October 16, 2009

US Military Academy at West Point

Yesterday, Mike and I were invited to be guest speakers at the US Military Academy's Eisenhower Program on Cross Cultural Leadership. It was an honor to be asked to speak by the department head and a friend of ours, Col. Tom Kolditz. This was a group of over 20 participants, mainly Army Captains that have all had some form of command responsibility and have served all over the world.

As always, Mike and I had fun and were happy to share our experiences and lessons learned. But as always, I received more than I gave at the session. It was inspiring to be there. Lately, I find myself disappointed with the lack of leadership demonstrated by many business "leaders" and by many politicians. But this visit was inspiring and a source of renewal. I was in the presence of leaders striving to be even better leaders in the future.

It reminded me that there are many great leaders doing great things every day. And, the Dow stayed above 10,000. A great day!

Until Next Time,


  1. Gail and Mike - Thanks again, so much, for taking time out of your schedule to come visit us. Our program of study has been a great opportunity to slow down and reflect on a very busy few years of military life...and your insights and experiences were the most inspirational that I have heard yet.

    I can tell that you are genuine people and those who follow you are fortunate to have leaders who care. I know that caring is a dwindling commodity these days.

    I look forward to keeping up with you both over your blog, through your books, and in future conversations. I really enjoyed hearing your experiences and would like to share experiences with you both again.

    Best wishes,

  2. Tod, thanks very much for your thoughtful comments. It was an honor and a pleasure for us to be able to share our experiences with a group that is serving our country.

    Best wishes and feel free to contact us anytime.

    Cheers, Mike