A four-star general’s leadership advice: ‘Communicate, communicate and communicate’
Tom Fox speaks with Lester Lyles, a retired Air Force four-star general, about his approach to leadership, the importance of direct and honest communication, and his love of fast cars.
Federal Coach: Leadership books for volatile and uncertain times
Leaders – especially those in the federal government – are facing some extraordinary challenges these days. Our volatile, uncertain, chaotic and ambiguous world, or VUCA as the military and intelligence communities call it, seems to be running at a fever pitch.
Federal Coach: Sen. Thom Tillis on why he expects his staffers to apply for other jobs
Sen. Thom Tillis (R.N.C.) was a management consultant before entering elective politics, and has used this background to help inform his decision-making as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel and to manage his Senate staff. In a conversation with Tom Fox, Tillis talked about how he promotes professional development of his employees and the approach he takes to ensure staff accountability.
Federal Coach: A conversation with the NIH director on overseeing medical breakthroughs, making music and riding a Harley
Francis S. Collins, known for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the Human Genome Project, is the director of the National Institutes of Health, the largest and most prestigious biomedical research institution in the world. In an interview with Tom Fox, Collins discussed his approach to leadership, a potential medical breakthrough on the horizon, his love of music and his surprising means of getting to work each day.
Federal Coach: Leadership lessons from 40 years in the Coast Guard
Admiral Paul Zukunft has been the commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard since May 30, 2014, leading 41,700 men and women on active duty, 7,800 reserves, 8,300 civilians and 31,000 volunteer Auxiliarists. In an interview with Tom Fox, Zukunft discussed the times that have tested his leadership skills, the lessons he has learned during 40 years of service and his 4:30 a.m. exercise routine.