C.M.F. BLOG

July 31, 2019

In psychology and cognitive science, a schema describes a pattern of thought or behavior that organizes categories of information and the relationships among them.   While attending and presenting at the first Global Followership Conference in July of 2019, I saw some...

November 18, 2018

When conducting training for new leaders, one of the basic concepts we explore is how they obtain and use the different sources of power.  There are five basic bases of power; positional (legitimate), reward, punishment (coercive), expert, and referent (respect).  Addi...

October 21, 2018

Statistically, I am a survivor and probably shouldn't be here... With a significantly lower average life expectancy after retirement, increased exposure to hazards, vicarious stress (and/or PTSD), shiftwork and sleep deprivation, and a higher rate of suicide, the avera...

August 18, 2018

Leadership lessons can be learned almost anywhere, even while walking on a treadmill, listening to rock-n-roll and watching a little league game on T.V.

Walking on the treadmill at my gym, I was listening to music (yes, rock-n-roll), and ignoring the TV about three feet...

June 6, 2018

Can your supervisors transform their leadership inspiration into behaviors?

In my CMF Leadership Consulting’s Leadership Effectiveness seminars, I ask the age-old question: What’s the difference between managing and leading?  I always get some close responses and then s...

When you’re sick and don’t know what is wrong with you, you go to a doctor, right?  And then what happens?  The doctor may conduct an examination and asks you questions about the “symptoms” you are experiencing.  She/he may ask for tests or take samples to try to...

January 31, 2018

People and organizations are always talking about learning leadership principles, and leadership practices.  But what many leaders within those organizations forget is that leadership is a combination of many individual skills, and like many skills, if not used or prac...

January 26, 2018

In response to the recent naval incidents involving US ships, including collisions involving the USS Fitzgerald and the John S. McCain, in which 17 sailors were killed, the Secretary of the Navy, Richard V. Spencer acknowledged, "We have a problem in the Navy, and we'r...

January 26, 2018

We are always asked the question: “Are leaders born or is leadership learned?”  Well, let's address the obvious first, all leaders have to have been born at some point in order to be alive!  So, now let's get into the not-so obvious!.  Consider leaders like Abraham Lin...

December 20, 2016

When was the last time you had to do algebra, geometry, or statistics?  Did you remember all the little steps?  When was the last time you had to write a book report, or resume, or formal letter?  Did you remember how to format it correctly?  If you don't use your comp...