Friday, November 21, 2008

The Center for Oral History at West Point

Wow! Thanks to classmate Donna McAleer, I have learned of an amazing project underway at the United States Military Academy at West Point. It is called the Center for Oral History. About the project:

"The West Point Center for Oral History will be the premier oral history archive of the story of the American soldier, in both war and peace. It will serve as a powerful learning tool for West Point cadets and as an important research center for historians and the general public.
Interview subjects will range from veterans of World War II through soldiers returning from the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan

Textbooks struggle to keep up with the challenges of 21st century warfare. This archive brings the cadets’ education up to the moment, allowing those returning from Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere to prepare those who will follow.
A Center for Oral History allows cadets and the general public the opportunity to hear first hand the experiences of soldiers from World War II forward. It also creates an historical record where one has not yet existed.
Finally, through film and publishing projects established in partnership with some of the most creative journalists, filmmakers and historians working today, this project will help close the gap of understanding that has long hindered public discussion
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Please go to the site and have a look at one of the most impressive videos I have seen in some time. As a grad, it gave me chills.
Here's the link:
This one is going to be awesome!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Good Morning!

The full time travelling consulting position is really very interesting.

I am working with clients trying to assist them in improving their operations. The answers are not earth-shattering revelations. The solutions are more on the order of data and fact, tried and true. Throughout my career in leadership, I am often amazed at how some organizations are literally paralyzed by their fear of change. This is ironic in the face of the fact that the only constant is change.

I also figured I would have more time than I currently do to blog and relax a bit. Nope. It's a rigorous gig that takes a lot of self-discipline to to well. Yesterday, for example, we left for the site at 5:30am. We worked there until about 12:30pm and then drove back the hour it takes to get back from the client's site. We then grabbed a quick bite for lunch and then headed back to the hotel for another series of meetings. I was thinking we'd finish up in a few hours....nope! It was 8pm before we finished and went to dinner! After a day like that, which is how most days go in the gig, there's absolutely no "me" time.

I come back, call the family, check my e-mail and hit the sack. Interesting to me how crammed the time is and how quickly it goes by.

As a leader, you have to constantly re-assess, constantly adapt to change. Teaching that skill, however, is even more challenging than practicing it...

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Some interesting Fort McMurray Video

Here's some information I found about Fort McMurray. Enjoy!

And....Here's some video of the trucks we're working with up here! WOW!