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Blog 56

We can’t turn on the TV anymore without being subjected to leadership gone astray at the highest levels. I’ve been fortunate during my life. My bosses have been pretty good to excellent. That was especially significant during my four years as a naval officer. Poor judgment in the military can have especially serious consequences.


Leadership is among the most consequential skills we need. I’ve never understood why it doesn’t show up among the subjects discussed in schools. I became fascinated by it at an early age. Back in the 1980s, the Customs Service moved me from Pembina, ND, to Chicago. My boss there, Jack Kraus, who remains a friend so many years later, assigned me to do leadership seminars for newly promoted people moving into management positions. It was an enjoyable assignment. Thirteen years later, when I retired, I was still at it.

Jack and I decided in the beginning that a good first step would be to create something that could serve as a guide. Today, a framed reproduction of the guide hangs on the wall in my office.

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PHILOSOPHY OF THE CUSTOMS MANAGER

---To accept willingly the responsibilities of leadership.

---To lead by encouragement and example.

---To discharge my duties faithfully, and to accept accountability

for my actions, and those of my subordinates.

---To create a climate which encourages employees to excel.

---To induce employees to take pride in their work.

---To do the right thing, regardless of consequences.

---To recognize that managers are only as good as their subordinates.

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rothschildlaw
15 may 2020

Dear Jack, if you or I were in charge, we would kick butts and take names, and we would cut through red tape and politics. Ours was a generation of getting things done. Too bad everyone else is ready to discard us instead of using our decades of the highest levels of experience, knowledge and expertise.

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Lester Walker
Lester Walker
15 may 2020

Thank you very good. I am waiting for Octavia to come from Amazon. Stay safe and wear your mask. I was wearing a scarf until my mask came in. Good words from your blog.

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