November 29, 2020

Kevin Haney “Extraordinary Leadership: Ethical Leadership and Organizational Transformation”

“Cdr. Kevin Haney provided us a two-fold vision of leadership: what it takes to be a great leader and what it takes to be an ethical leader.

Sprinkled with personal stories of his experiences as a Midshipman, a Naval Aviator (including his time at the prestigious Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun)) with more than 850 carrier landings, as well as his more recent experiences educating and training our country’s future naval leaders at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, he captivated his audience with actionable and coherent insights into leadership that provided real take-home value for our Chapter’s members.

Cdr. Haney is highly recommended and received a score of 9.8/10 on the event evaluation.” – Stephen Tansey, President, York Container Company and Education Officer 2011-12, Pennsylvania Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO)

See the presentation by Kevin Haney Extraordinary Leadership: Ethical Leadership and Organizational Transformation (PDF)


Peggy Noonan OpEd: America’s Crisis of Character

“People in politics talk about the right track/wrong track numbers as an indicator of public mood. This week Gallup had a poll showing only 24% of Americans feel we’re on the right track as a nation. That’s a historic low. Political professionals tend, understandably, to think it’s all about the economy—unemployment, foreclosures, we’re going in the wrong direction. I’ve long thought that public dissatisfaction is about more than the economy, that it’s also about our culture, or rather the flat, brute, highly sexualized thing we call our culture.  Now I’d go a step beyond that. I think more and more people are worried about the American character—who we are and what kind of adults we are raising…”

Read the rest of the OpEd by Peggy Noonan

Do Sports Build Character or Damage It? by Mark Edmundson

“Do sports build character? For those of us who claim to be educators, it’s important to know. Physical-education teachers, coaches, boosters, most trustees, and the balance of alumni seem sure that they do. And so they push sports, sports, and more sports. As for professors, they often see sports as a diversion from the real business of education—empty, time-wasting, and claiming far too much of students’ attention. It often seems that neither the boosters nor the bashers want to go too far in examining their assumptions about sports.”

Original article by Mark Edmundson (PDF)

ESPN article highlights college coaches as false leaders

“In a universe where players show up for coffee and are gone by lunch, the coach is the only stable element the college game has, outside of the venerable universities themselves. He generously profits from his image as leader, through outsize salaries, sneaker deals and book and motivational tours. The image is a facade. ”

Original ESPN article by Howard Bryant