Aug
4
2014
Posted on August 4,2014 in Leadership // Management // Strategic Planning

Technology, Process Change and Leadership

By Greg Hall, Sr. Vice President, Technical Operations, FedEx Express   Organizations constantly seek to increase quality, productivity and efficiency. When deployed effectively, technology helps us eliminate wasted time and materials, increases efficiency, and improves service. While incorporating technology into our operations is one of our biggest opportunities as leaders, it also presents one of our biggest challenges. Having the latest technological programs and gadgets at our disposal doesn’t do much for our operations if […]

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Jun
12
2014

The Complexity Paradigm for Aviation and Aerospace – Part 2

In my last Blog on globalization, consolidation and complexity, I pointed out that both globalization and consolidation contribute to complexity. I explained that Complex Adaptive Leadership can help your organization navigate this complex, changing world in a manner that goes beyond the ability to survive; it allows you to thrive by building an organization and culture that are prepared for the next generation. A simple thought experiment can provide a context from which we may […]

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May
8
2014
Posted on May 8,2014 in Leadership // Management // Project Management

The Fourth Constraint: Leadership

Dr. Tom Henkel, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, College of Business Program Management Department Chair When it comes to project management, success is measured by effectively meeting the triple constraints of completing the project on time, according to budget, and within the client’s scope/quality requirements (PMI, 2013).  On the surface, this approach seems to concentrate solely on the technical aspects of project management. However, people perform projects, and even though project managers bring highly technical skills and experience […]

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Apr
10
2014

Aerospace Leaders: Heed the Traffic Signs!

  Horns honking, brake lights, and creative hand gestures set the scene for the standard ride home on any given afternoon in almost every town across America.  Yet the love of the automobile outshines all this seeming mayhem on any day.  People love their cars, and the independence their cars afford them.  People love to be able to make their own choices such as car color, make, and model, how they plan their route each […]

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Mar
27
2014

The Complexity Paradigm for Aviation and Aerospace

Guy Hatchery, president and chief operating officer of Bombardier Aerospace, recently made the following statement at the Aerospace Innovation Forum in Montréal:  “The key trends in the aviation and aerospace market today are globalization, consolidation and complexity.” These trends are not only having a significant impact, but they’re changing the manner in which the industry organizes itself around the work of developing and constructing aircraft. Hatchery went on to say, “There is little doubt that […]

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Mar
13
2014

Systems Engineering and Leadership: The Hidden Key for U.S. Space Successes?

Last year, Jeff Bezos (of Amazon fame) and his team recovered a massive Saturn V F-1 rocket engine from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.  Developed by Werner Von Braun’s NASA group at Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, this engine has been credited by some as the key to the successful Apollo program. When you think about the long history of the U.S. space efforts, specific hardware and significant events tend to come to […]

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Feb
14
2014
Posted on February 14,2014 in Leadership

“We Lead By Example” – Guest post by Walt Whitacre, PhD

Hesselbein and Shinseki (2004) stipulated that one of the Army’s leadership mantras is “Be, Know, Do.”  The authors strongly emphasize that a person’s character heavily impacts how that person handles stress and difficulty in all of his or her actions.  Before a person can “know” or “do,” that person must “be.”  Throughout our youth, college and early career, we were formed into the person we are. But, how do others determine the kind of person we are?  […]

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Jan
14
2014
Posted on January 14,2014 in Leadership // Management

Action Learning in Organizations Part 2

As stated in my last blog, action learning has real implications in the leadership field. In that post, we explored one of the action learning theories known as single-loop learning. In single-loop learning, individuals, teams and organizations attempt to apply solutions to a problem without questioning the substance of the problem; therefore they are limited to searching for solutions within their established paradigm. If you recall, this has been equated to a thermostat that only […]

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Dec
19
2013
Posted on December 19,2013 in Leadership // News & Events

‘Twas a Leadership Blogger before Christmas

‘Twas a Leadership Blogger before Christmas, and all thro’ CAAL, Everyone was stirring, all of my great pals. The posts were created with meticulous care, In hopes that readers would soon see them there. Thoughts of a blog were still snug in bed, While visions of baking cookies danced in my head. Me in my PJs, and iPod thinking cap, I started getting tired, and thought about a nap- When up on my computer screen there arose such a clatter, […]

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Oct
24
2013

The 4th Annual AAIMS: Providing Solutions by Being a Solution

As I await my delayed flight at DFW, I felt compelled to write about the conference I just attended: the Aviation and Aerospace Industry Manufacturing Summit (AAIMS).  The summit took place at a critical time in our history and demonstrated the importance of  new, innovative thinking in order to thrive during this critical time of human evolution. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide depends largely on our military students and Department of Defense (DOD) partnerships, just as the […]

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