Tuesday, June 19, 2007

GREAT Article by Bob Walters on VentureBeat

Bob Walters wrote a GREAT article on VentureBeat earlier today titled "Leadership - Annapolis Style." Bob has been a successful serial entrepreneur in Silicon Valley for the last 20 years and yet some of the most valuable lessons that he learned about leadership came from his time as a midshipmen at the Naval Academy. In a world of high tech startups, it is easy to write the military off as irrelevant or out of touch with Silicon Valley's leadership styles. However, given Bob's experiences, it is clear that the Naval Academy teaches timeless leadership lessons.

As someone who has worked on Bob's team for the past 4 months, I can attest that he is truely a great leader. In fact, it was one of these very lessons that Bob described when I first encountered him, which inspired this post that I wrote in February of 2006 and ultimately started the chain of events that lead to my joining Untangle earlier this year.

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4 Comments:

At June 19, 2007 9:45 PM, Anonymous USNA said...

Apart from exchange visits by USMA and USafa there hasn't been a "cadet" at the U.S. Naval Academy since the 1890s ... MIDSHIPMEN ! I hope your research is better in other areas ...;o} ... and BEST ARMY !

 
At June 20, 2007 12:28 AM, Blogger Andrew Fife said...

thanks

 
At June 20, 2007 2:09 PM, Anonymous USNA said...

No, no, no ! [but you're getting warmer] ... one is a MIDSHIPMAN, more than one are MIDSHIPMEN ... since I assume we are not dealing with a case of split personality, the singular is proper here ... I think it was Winston Churchill who said something about Yanks and Brits being separated by a common language !

 
At July 11, 2008 6:29 AM, Anonymous Bonni DiMatteo said...

This link gives some good leadership stories.
http://www.leader-values.com/Content/default3.asp?ContentTypeID=3

Aspects of a good leader are as follows:

Creating a vision (aspire)

Giving other people credit ( applause)

Attitude- positive- can do

Beliefs( assumptions) the ones that make you believe in yourself and others.
These can also be values

Actions taking the right actions.

For more on Leadership Analysis and how you can be a leader go to: http://atlanticconsultants.blogspot.com/

 

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