Sunday, October 28, 2012

Fund raising and crisis management

It was a busy week in Houston. I was privileged to spend Tuesday evening at the KUHF 88.7 FM Houston Public Radio station located on the University of Houston campus helping with their fall fund drive. I spent two hours in the booth with Jack Williams, Laurie Johnson, Paul Pendergrast, Debra Fraser and Eric Ladau. It's always a pleasure chatting with all of them, and they were quite intrigued with my tales from Cryptopalooza.

Between 5 - 7 p.m. with Technip's match, callers donated a total of $51,552. Thank you for everyone who called in or logged on to support public radio.

KUHF Fall Fund Drive

As soon as I was finished at the radio it was off to a two-day leadership seminar on Lake Conroe. The guest speaker was retired Commander Kirk Lippold, who was the commanding officer of the USS Cole when it was attacked by Al-Qaeda terrorists during a refueling stop in the Yemeni port of Aden, killing 17 U.S. sailors, Oct. 12, 2000.

Lippold was a very inspiring speaker, and I honestly would not be surprised if the writers of NCIS had created Gibb's character somewhat based on this man.

Commander Kirk Lippold

Lippold's recipe for leadership contains integrity, vision, personal responsibility and accountability, trust, and investment in professional competence.

He suggests that crisis management is the ability to act in the now while still thinking ahead -- not only thinking what is next, but what is next after that.

For some further reading, Lippold suggested "Letter to Garcia," and for you convenience, I've already googled it and linked it here: http://www.professionalsoldiers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21033

It was a good week, but I'm looking forward to being home until Thanksgiving.

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