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Old 21st May 2007, 09:51 AM   #1
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Default Marine Leadership Skills And Small Business

The Small Business Trends Radio Show had an interesting show last week titled: Incorporating Marine Leadership Skills Into Business.

This may seem an unusual topic for small buisness, but the U.S. Marines are known and respected the world over for their leadership ability. The featured guest in this episode is Wally Adamchik, a former U.S. Marine.

Much has been written and chronicled about the leadership success associated with the U.S. Marine Corps. Walley shares the essential characteristics of good leadership that will earn you the respect and trust of your employees.

To find out what enables them to be such successful leaders, listen to the free audio podcast of Wally's show in the referenced page link above.

Share some of your personal stories with us regarding business leaders you have encountered in the past. Could they use a dose of Wally's insights? Or have you encountered a natural born leader at some point in your career?

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Old 22nd May 2007, 09:58 AM   #2
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Wally was one of my favorite guests that you have had so far. His enthusiasm made for easy listening. It was really great to hear someone so motivated & excited about his work. He had some great thoughts & advice. Especially that positive interaction with employees gets better results. I recommend everyone have a listen!

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Old 22nd May 2007, 04:50 PM   #3
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Funny you should post that -- I'm a former Marine Corps Drill Instructor, having served 2 combat tours in 'Nam and have always utilized my Marine training throughout my working career, including my personal life ... like we say in the Corps ... "The change is forever."

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Great listening! Truly agree that showing respect and trust toward fellow employees makes for a great work place. Enjoyed the program very much.

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Taaz, glad you noticed the post. Further confirmation that the Marines definitely understand the key to success. Great to hear from you

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Old 25th May 2007, 06:22 PM   #6
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The idea of military concepts applied to the business world is not a new one. Teachings in the 'Art of War' by Sun Tzu have been applied to business for centuries.

If you've never heard about it…shame on you…just kidding.
But you can find out more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Art_of_War

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Crimson Fox, thanks for the additional information. I'm sure those viewing this thread will find it useful and interesting. Thanks for your comment!

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One of the best programmers I've known was ex military. He got out and landed in web development, not knowing much. Eventually, his learning curve shot up. In hindsight, comparing him to other programmers (think 3am mountain dew habits), the reasons he was such a good programmer had very little to do with programming - but the planning, thoroughness, punctuality and many other experiences he brought to the table.

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I have to say that being ex military, and then working for several years in the private sector in Fayetteville N.C. which is just beside Fort Bragg. I've come into contact with many ex military managers. (not many from the Marines though, mostly Army) in my opinion, there is not much difference. I've know ex military managers that were really terrible managing in the the private sector, and an equal amount who were great.

In short, I personally never seem it as much of an advantage. Some people are born leaders, and some simply are not.

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I'm a proud Marine and learned everything I know about leadership through my 8 years in the Corps. There is just something ground into us from the first day we enter boot camp to the day we leave the Marine Corps behind. We are a unique breed of people, if you haven't spent much time around Marines then you probably won't have a clue what I'm talking about but if you have then you do! We have a drive to succeed in whatever task we're given, mission accomplishment rates higher on the scale than our own personal comfort. This has made us one of the most respected and feared fighting forces in the world. As I said in my introduction post "I'm determined to find a way to make my business succeed, and if you know anything about the drive and determination of a Marine, it's a pretty immovable force". Have you ever met a Marine that wasn't proud to be a Marine? They call us "the few, the proud" for a reason and I can certainly say this for my life but have never met a fellow Marine that didn't agree, I'm better off equipped in my life for having been a Marine!

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