If you knew her father, and spend time around Navy citizens, you eventually meet Ann Zumwalt Cuppola. Just as inevitably, you are impressed. She is a chip off both her Mother’s and Father’s blocks. We are both familiar with many of the same people and challenges. I shared a draft of this book with her. She returned the following:
An irresitible page-turner of compelling vignettes which give detailed insights into high stakes historical drama. What can be learned? An eyelevel sketch of rationales of creative risk takers whose individuality and personality stepped out from the norm of institutional or society’s mold and pushed for change and transformation. We are given decades of accumulated wisdom of the author and those mentors from whom he learned – Rickover, Zumwalt, Rumsfeld…… Through the internal periscope of their successes and failures, we are compelled to assess the inventory of our own individual strengths, the weakness of our strengths, or perhaps even the strength of our individual weaknesses.
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Ralph Crosby is a West Point graduate with Masters degrees from Harvard and the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He served as an aide to General Colin Powell and the Vice President of the United States before beginning his extraordinary industry career, where he was General Manager of the B-2 Program, the President of Northrop’s Integrated Systems Sector and subsequently Chairman and CEO of EADS North America.
Dave Oliver is an extraordinary story teller—and practitioner of the art of leadership. He has applied his considerable talents to create a powerful and practical compilation of real life experiences relevant to leaders at all levels. Oliver combines the reality of actual experiences with insightful analysis to reveal the multidimensional keys to effective leadership. His medium is vignettes of starkly real circumstances, in matters of considerable consequence, often of historical importance. In their narration, he clearly differentiates between mechanistic principles of management from the qualitative, human, judgment based qualities that enable the engagement and empowerment of people; thereby creating the alignment necessary to address the real life challenges of organizational performance. This is leadership in action. The bonus is that it contains untold military history that is informative to any student of the Cold War.
Ralph D. Crosby, Jr.Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Secretary of Defense William J. Perry was an extraordinary steadying influence for years in many Administrations. I was fortunate to know him in several of his different roles.
Dave Oliver had a ringside seat for some of the most significant events that attended the collapse of the Soviet Union. This fascinating book describes some of those events. In reading the book you will learn that Dave was not only an observer but a doer; indeed, some of these remarkable events may never have occurred had it not been for Dave’s bold actions.
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There were several flag officers that deserved a great deal of credit for shepherded the Navy’s extremely difficult air warfare platform transition following the Vietnam War. There were very publicized development attempts that went awry (e.g. the A-12) and new concepts that needed to be birthed to improve the flexibility, capability and safety of the carrier air wing. Those were some very emotional times and Joe Dyer, John Lockhard and Riley Mixson were great admirals.
Dave Oliver’s Leadership and Risk speaks to essential tools necessary to shape the future in industry, government or academia – the most important: courage and a bias for action! (VADM) Joe Dyer.Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
When your life involves the same profession, mutual friends often appear like meandering strands of ivy along a brick wall, sometimes unexpectedly crossing after years of separate growth. I watched Marv Langston defend his doctoral degree and the last time we served together was when he was the Pentagon’s initial Chief Information Officer.
In this book, Dave Oliver’s exceptional leadership wisdom adds to the legacy of his successful 1992 book Lead On! Just as he taught me at the Pentagon, his engaging leadership examples teach us that leadership is about the personal strength, character and insight, to lead into risk when risk is needed.
Dr. Marv Langston – a former Navy and Pentagon colleaguePosted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Arthur House is currently the Chief Cybersecurity Risk Officer for the State of Connecticut, as well as a fellow Director of a publicly-held company. Art has had an extraordinary career as a regulatory of utility industries. In public service he specialized in intelligence and worked closely for three different Senators and served as chief of staff to Senator Abraham Ribicoff. Given Art’s personal background, I appreciated his comments on my forthcoming book,
Oliver draws from a remarkable career of Navy leadership, submarine operations and national security challenges to produce a can’t-put-it down read.
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In preparation for the publication cycle, I have been requesting comments on my new leadership book. In some cases their comments reflect the reader’s background. Admiral Bill Houley is one such individual. He understands that leadership is one of those tools that has application across a wide spectrum of challenges. During his naval career, Bill was widely recognized as an extraordinary original leader. He subsequently was asked by President Clinton to run the apparatus that supports the White House and then spent years managing a large hospice organization. Bill sent me the following, “DO YOU THINK YOU COULD DO A BETTER JOB OF RUNNING THIS PLACE? ARE YOU MISSING SOME OF THE SECRETS OF BEING AN INSPIRATIONAL LEADER? THIS BOOK PROVIDES SOME ACTUAL CASE STUDIES THAT WILL HELP SENIOR OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVES FILL OUT THEIR RESUMES FOR TOP POSITIONS.”Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Asking peers for “blurbs” for my books always has become an integral piece of my writing process. This is never more true than the current go-round, when the friendly critics have been not-so-gently suggesting that Leadership and Risk is much more accurate and descriptive than the working title I was using. I finally agreed last week and proposed the change to my publisher. They emailed their agreement back within thirty minutes.
I suspect not everyone was enamored with my previous label.Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
The Naval Press Institute will publish my latest book, The Art of Leadership,this Fall or Winter. The book uses case studies to explore the inherent risks of leadership and the tools available to those who would strive to fill those roles. Real world examples are used and consequently expose unrevealed history. The latter includes such items as a secret of the Yom Kippur War, the background of the 1986 bloodless revolution in the Philippines, how Admiral Bud Zumwalt was such a unique Chief of Naval Operations, why our National War Plan suddenly had to be revised during the Reagan years and what spurred President Clinton’s anti-nuclear proliferation success.Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged Leadership, Military History, Risk | Leave a comment
The appeal of “Camelot” is not the lovely ladies, the swelling music, the pastel of the background or the men’s armor. It was instead the morality of the mission and the sense of shared sacrifice of the warriors.
I have been fortunate to serve since I left home at seventeen. Never did I feel more valuable to America’s security than the year when I sat at the table that directed the United States’ largest assemblage of ships, Marines and aircraft — The United States Seventh Fleet. It was my Camelot.
The Seventh Fleet is responsible for all the existing and potential hot spots in the Pacific — the water expanses near Korea, Russia, China, Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam, etc. Asia is as different from Europe as Night is from Day. I have frequently said that if an officer had a “story” in his background or a tatoo on his butt, the powers that be shipped him from Europe to be part of our staff. We welcomed those officers. We needed those with an edge.
Intent to Betray is about what it might have been like to be there one year.Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment ← Older posts