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An Authentic Holiday Season. Is it Possible?
Thoughts on Authentic Leadership… and Lives Lived Authentically
By John P. Schreitmueller

The holidays. They arrive at the same time each year. And, while the season was historically intended to be a time of thanksgiving and for Christians and Jews a time to celebrate our faith, the holidays also bring with them boosted levels of stress, anxiety and even depression.


Understanding Anger: A Leadership Challenge
Thoughts on Authentic Leadership
By John P. Schreitmueller

Successful business owners, senior executives and professionals with significant accountabilities increasingly recognize the need to add some behavioral background to their compendium of leadership skills.  Why? Because their daily interactions involve other people.  And when you add more than one person to any leadership situation, you have all the raw materials for human behavior to reveal itself.


A Hero Not to be Forgotten
Book Review by John P. Schreitmueller
 

We live in tumultuous political times. Only 7 months after the presidential election of 2016, the 24/7 news is filled with negativity and partisan agendas. I’ll withhold my opinions; suffice to say what most of the media cranks out these days would make old pros like Walter Cronkite and David Brinkley sick to their stomachs. Perhaps a bit of reading and history will serve as an elixir.


Heroes… Not To Be Forgotten
Thoughts on Authentic Leadership
By John P. Schreitmueller

 

A few days ago, we lost Eugene A. Cernan, Captain, United States Navy.  Who was Gene Cernan?  For many Americans, especially for those who were yet to be born when he achieved so much, his name is a mystery.


Of Dreams and The Right Stuff
Reflections: John Glenn, Manned Space and America’s Future
By John P. Schreitmueller

 

February 20, 1962 was a freezing cold day in Cheshire, Connecticut.  A snowstorm had just past.  We were home from school, and glued to our televisions, where the only 3 major networks, CBS, NBC and ABC, were airing live coverage of our nation’s first attempt to put a man into earth orbit.


Holiday Season Thoughts

By John P. Schreitmueller

It happens every year. I can set my watch by it. Clients come into the office, stress written across their faces. “There’s no way I can get everything I’m supposed to do at work done by the holidays. Then there’s the cards, gifts and everyone’s expectations of me. I’m tired of the endless parties and seeing people I really don’t care to see. It’s just a mess. I need time for myself. This can’t happen again next year!”


As Autumn Approaches

Thoughts on Authentic Leadership

By John P. Schreitmueller

Autumn means different things for different people.  For me, it is a season of reflection. Most who know me recognize I am a history junkie.  I hold history deeply.  So, when Autumn arrives, I think about history a lot.


Reflections On Authentic Leadership
Thoughts on Authentic Leadership

By John P. Schreitmueller

Writing during the darkest hours of the Anglo-American Alliance during World War II, as enemy advances across the globe took place on almost a daily basis, two great leaders indicated the following:


Just Press “Mute”
Thoughts on Authentic Leadership
By John P. Schreitmueller

OK, I admit it. I’m a news junkie. A political news junkie, to be exact. In what free time I have, my favorite news channel is on either the TV or radio, pumping out its 24/7 stuff. Most of the time, that’s fine. I enjoy it. But…


Reflections: 1965
Thoughts on Authentic Leadership
By John P. Schreitmueller

While driving recently I plugged in my Iphone to the car’s sound system and cranked up some vintage music. Selecting the “shuffle all” option, Dobie Gray’s “The In Crowd” from early 1965 blasted away. I felt chills and deep, visceral connection on many levels. Read More


Interlude
Churchill… And Making a Difference


Thoughts on Authentic Leadership
By John P. Schreitmueller


I received a copy of Boris Johnson’s The Churchill Factor as a Christmas gift and, as an avid Sir Winston Churchill fan, promptly devoured it. There are countless volumes on Churchill, in addition to many books the late Prime Minister penned himself. This one stands out, among many I have read on Churchill, as one of the best. Read More


War in the Snow: An Ardennes Experience
My Father’s Journey of December 1944 – January 1945

Thoughts on Authentic Leadership
By John P. Schreitmueller

As a boy I occasionally succeeded in conning my father into playing “war” with me. I admired the combat boots, canteens, cartridge belt and other memorabilia, some of it from German soldiers his unit had taken prisoner, which he had brought home from World War II. I watched “Combat” on TV and often pictured him, through the romanticized lenses of youth, charging Nazi machine gun nests with other scrappy GIs. When I asked him what it was like, his favorite answer was, “cold.” We seldom talked about his wartime experience until I returned from my tour of duty overseas as a Marine officer many years later. Then, we communicated. On a deep, deep level.
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Emotional Intelligence Revisited
Thoughts on Authentic Leadership
By John P. Schreitmueller

Time after time, session after session, the ingredient we observe as pivotal in authentic leadership is self-awareness. As the CEOs, business owners and professionals who are our clients work on increasing their sense of self-awareness, the results are always positive. Often, the results are nothing short of stunning. The leader’s abilities to combine self-awareness, active listening and emotional management are at the apex of contemporary leadership skills. Read More.


The Succession Dilemma
Thoughts on Authentic Leadership
By John P. Schreitmueller


In our work with organizations and family businesses, one of the most important topics we address is that of succession. Companies spend thousands of hours and millions of dollars on succession, because the success of most enterprises hinges on having the right leadership in place. Read More.


Autumn Executive Checklist
Thoughts on Authentic Leadership
By John P. Schreitmueller


When I was in flight training, among the most emphasized of skills was strict adherence to the pilot’s checklist. The same holds true in flight training today. Checklists vary greatly from one aircraft to another. But, whether flying a large airplane or small airplane, the checklist enables the safe, proper operation of the aircraft across every aspect and condition of flight. An old World War II B-17 pilot training film best sums up the importance of using the checklist: “It’s life insurance if you do, but it can be murder if you don’t.” Read More


July, 1969

Thoughts on Authentic Leadership
By John P. Schreitmueller


45 years ago last Wednesday, on July 16, 1969, America’s Apollo XI mission boosted skyward from the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The ill fated mission of Apollo 1 in 1967 and, subsequently, the highly successful mission of Apollo VII in 1968 sat atop Saturn 1-B boosters capable of 1.6 million pounds of thrust for their earth orbital flights. With the exception of the Apollo/Soyuz mission in 1975, which also utilized the Saturn 1-B, every other Apollo mission utilized the massive Saturn V booster, its first stage F-1 engines alone providing a staggering 7.5 million pounds of thrust.  Read More


Gratitude: The Game Plan Recalibrated

Thoughts on Authentic Leadership
By John P. Schreitmueller


About every 5 years I subject myself to a routine procedure so the experts can have a look at my quirky GI track. We can dispense with the details. Suffice to say preparation for the procedure, as I am certain all those who have participated in its pleasures will agree, is miserable.  During the weeks before the procedure I felt wrapped in a cloak of negativity. I tried to hide it, but it was there. Fear can play games on the mind. What if things do not go well? What if? And then the day arrived. Read More


Staying Focused

Thoughts on Authentic Leadership
By John P. Schreitmueller


Monday morning. Turn on the computer. Look at the emails. About 17 issues sitting there, all ready to sponge away your time. There go the top 5 things that needed attention today. There go the important things upon which you intended to focus. More stress.  Sound familiar? Read More


Happiness and Careers: A Definition
A Retired Surgeon-Turned-Pilot Opines

Thoughts on Authentic Leadership
By John P. Schreitmueller


As a pilot, I have been an avid reader of FLYING magazine since 1966, when I took my first flying lesson. The pages of FLYING, I have found, often reveal more about people than airplanes, and the June 2014 issue is consistent with that finding. Read More.


It is NOT an Emergency! Renewed Thinking on How We Lead
Posted on May 12th, 2014 | Categories: Authentic Leadership, Uncategorized

By John P. Schreitmueller

“Get everyone together, this is an emergency!”

How many times have your heard this urgent workplace call to action? Too many, I’d be willing to bet. In fact, when asked and when they know no one else is listening, most of the executives and professionals with whom we work admit they are “emergencied out.” Read More


War on Women/War on Men: How Blame Enables Failure

Posted on May 5th, 2014 | Categories: Authentic Leadership, Uncategorized

By John P. Schreitmueller

I’ve been coaching and counseling executives for over 20 years. Before that, I was a corporate executive. And before that, I was a military officer. I don’t profess to have seen it all. But I have seen a lot.

There have been many failures in leadership recently. There are too many to list, and I don’t care to get in to a political debate. One issue I find particularly distasteful, and one that plays the blame game to the hilt, is the “War on Women” sold to us from political agitators, and media players willing to buy in to such a lousy story. Read More


Confronting the Ghosts

Posted on January 31st, 2014 | Categories: Authentic Leadership, Uncategorized

“You can’t think one way and feel another and expect anything in your life to change . . . When we memorize addictive emotional states such as guilt, shame, anger, fear, anxiety, judgment, depression, self-importance or hatred, we develop a gap between the way we appear and the way we really are.”

- From Joe Dispenza, D.C., Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, New York, Hay House, Inc., 2012

One of the most pervasive blockages we see in working with CEOs, senior executives and business owners is when the client has come up against what appears to us—and to the client him or herself—as a “brick wall.” Read More


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When It’s Time to Get Help

Posted on January 24th, 2014 | Categories: Authentic Leadership, Uncategorized

The role of trusted advisory executive coaching, counseling and consulting is evolving at a rapid rate. Deployed well by experienced, qualified practitioners across a wide range of client needs, trusted advisory brings to the table a wealth of benefits, solutions and opportunities for organizations and individual participants.

Since the economic meltdown of 2008, organizations and their leaders—tasked with navigating uncertain waters of the post-downturn world—are utilizing trusted advisors to help them manage areas and circumstances they may not have considered previously. Read More


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Resolute Consulting Group LLC Joins NBAA

Posted on January 10th, 2014 | Categories: Executive Career Management, Uncategorized

Resolute Consulting Group is pleased to announce the Atlanta based firm is now a member of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), and has begun serving client organizations within the NBAA community through its Industrial Specialty Practice for Aviation, Aerospace and Defense. Read More


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So. What is an Authentic Leader?

Posted on January 2nd, 2014 | Categories: Authentic Leadership, Uncategorized

We live in an era where authentic leadership is a treasured thing. Why? Well, because it seems there is so little of it. Just watch the evening news. Get a belly full of the garbage that is passed off as “leadership,” and it’s no wonder.

As we head into the new year, it’s time to take inventory. Many leaders are reluctant, because it involves looking at themselves. And why do that? Because their careers, the organizations they lead, and the key stakeholders in their lives depend on their leadership, their trust, and reasonable expectation by others that they are empathetic to the worlds in which they live. Read More


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The Most Difficult Confrontation

Posted on December 27th, 2013 | Categories: Authentic Leadership, Uncategorized

Authentic leaders navigating 2014 and the post-downturn world know that, first and foremost, it is relationships that define success. Relationships do not happen without conversations. And so authentic leaders in our New Age must be masterful at conducting and participating in conversations of coherence. Read More


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Leadership Strategies: Post-Downturn World

Posted on September 25th, 2013 | Categories: Authentic Leadership, Executive Career Management

Leadership Strategies for the Post-Downturn World” was developed for senior executives and human resources professionals.

In this presentation, Resolute Consulting Group partners discuss the challenges senior executives experience while navigating today’s chaotic environment of regulatory requirements, organizational compliance and maintaining focus with fewer resources and reduced training. Read More


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Crisis Management for Authentic Leaders Series: Step 5

Posted on August 1st, 2013 | Categories: Authentic Leadership

 

Crisis Management for Authentic Leaders Series: Step 5


­­Welcome to week five of our Crisis Management for Authentic Leaders Series. We began by reviewing the importance of eliminating the fear of employee retaliation. In week two we demonstrated why transparency is critical in a crisis. Next we examined why using the old-school “protect and defend” approach is ineffective. Last week discussed the value of trusted advisors when developing a crisis management strategy. Today, in week five of our series, we are sharing the value of following-up. Read More


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Crisis Management for Authentic Leaders Series: Step 4

Posted on July 25th, 2013 | Categories: Authentic Leadership

 

Crisis Management for Authentic Leaders Series: Step 4


Welcome to week four of our Crisis Management for Authentic Leaders Series! We began with reviewing the importance of eliminating the fear of employee retaliation. Then we demonstrated why transparency is critical in a crisis. Last week we discussed why using the old-school “protect and defend” approach is ineffective. Today we’re recognizing the opportunities and benefits from involving others in crisis management. Read More

 


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Crisis Management for Authentic Leaders Series: Step 3

Posted on July 22nd, 2013 | Categories: Authentic Leadership

 

Crisis Management for Authentic Leaders Series: Step 3


We’re on week three of our Crisis Management for Authentic Leaders Series. We began with reviewing the importance of eliminating the fear of employee retaliation. Last week we demonstrated why transparency is critical in a crisis. Today we are discussing why using the old-school “protect and defend” approach is ineffective. Read More


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Crisis Management for Authentic Leaders Series: Step 2

Posted on July 18th, 2013 | Categories: Authentic Leadership

 

Crisis Management for Authentic Leaders Series: Step 2


Last week we launched our Crisis Management for Authentic Leaders Series. We began with reviewing the importance of eliminating the fear of employee retaliation. This week we are discussing why transparency is critical in a crisis. Read More



Crisis Management for Authentic Leaders Series

Posted on July 11th, 2013 | Categories: Authentic Leadership

 

Today, scandal is in the air.  The news is filled with it, and it all points to inauthentic leadership.  Ironically, the worse the scandal, the worse leadership appears to handle it.  From one story to another, we see stonewalling, misrepresentations, accusations, deflections… you name it.  The results: distrust, disrespect and countless lost opportunities. Read More

 

 

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