01 – Welcome to the Dose of Leadership Podcast!

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSHey everyone, my name is Richard Rierson and I want to welcome you to the first episode of The Dose of Leadership Podcast.  Every Tuesday and Thursday I will bring you an interview with today’s most relevant and motivating leaders; leaders that are dedicated to the pursuit of truth, common sense, …

Dose of Leadership Podcast Launch – Jan 2013!

Coming in January 2013 is the Dose of Leadership Podcast: Hosted by Richard Rierson. The Dose of Leadership Podcast will be your resource for inspiring interviews with relevant and motivating Leaders; those Leadership experts who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of the truth & common sense. The podcast will include leaders from all aspects of life; business leaders, entrepreneurs, …

Teamwork

Nothing of real significant value can be accomplished by a single person.  I love John Maxwell’s assertion that “one is too small a number to achieve greatness.” No matter how hard you try, you will not be able to find one example of genuine achievement that was performed by a lone human being.  There was always a team involved. Leadership …

Courage

When I think of the concept of courage I’m often drawn towards those larger than life, uncommon examples of valor that are held in reverence and awe. For example, Medal of Honor recipient Sgt John Basilone on Guadalcanal repelling 3,000 Japanese for three days and nights without sleep, rest, or food; or Neil Armstrong taking control away from the computer …

The New American Crisis

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the …

Comfortable With Chaos

As a father of four daughters (ages 15, 13, 9, & 7), I feel I’m qualified to speak with authority on the concept of living and dealing with chaos. As if having children isn’t challenging enough, we are also the owners of one extremely large German Shepherd, a loving & needy Boxer, two mini Dachshunds, four feral cats, and three …

Know Your Place (Remember D-Day)

Knowing your place as a leader has little, if anything, to do with where you reside in an organizational chart. Instead it has everything to do with fully understanding what you can affect in your current situation as a leader; and consequently putting all of your energy and focus on where you can be the most effective. Recently a seasoned …

Give Appreciation

When I look back and replay the tape on some of my leadership failures, the failures often stemmed from me taking my eye off of the simple and obvious.  The times I have failed as a leader were those times I was focused on myself. As leaders we have to realize the basic essential hunger that rests in all of …

Hack the Clock

Panic is bad. It’s inevitable that at some point in your life you will face a situation that will require you to remain calm under pressure. Your child is choking, a customer is irate and irrational, a team member is not pulling his weight, you come upon a car accident, you fly your aircraft through a flock of birds on …

Charisma & Leadership

How important is charisma when it comes to leadership? When we think of leadership or ask people to define what makes a great leader, we often gravitate to the high-profile leaders with big egos and larger-than-life personalities. In Nov 2011, Forbes published an article titled “Egomaniacs make the best leaders.” In this article they reference a study by four professors …

My Friend Jim

I want to tell you about my friend Jim Goodrich.  Jim, who is 85, lives in Enid, OK.  I met him in 1999 while I was stationed at Vance AFB. Jim is an Iwo Jima Marine.  He never knew his mother – she died when he was only two years old. His father was left to raise him; but as …

Rules & Common Sense

Rules can be a good thing.  We need them in our society for order, civility, and safety. In the aviation community, pilots literally live and die by them.  It’s been said that a pilot’s Flight Manual (rule book) is written in blood; you don’t follow what’s in the rule book, bad things can and will happen. In Navy/Marine Corps aviation, …