Vice Admiral Gerald Hoewing (Ret) is an internationally recognized leader who rose to the top levels of the US Navy. Vice Admiral Hoewing, or Jerry, as he prefers, started his Naval career piloting aircraft such as the F-14 Tomcat (yes, the Top Gun jet fighter!). He rose to Commanding Officer of aircraft carriers and eventually to Chief of Naval Personnel/Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, with responsibility for assigning more than 370,000 Navy men and women with an annual budget of $35 billion. Jerry’s leadership responsibilities were of a global scale and long lasting. His wisdom and demeanor certainly demonstrate the qualities of a role model for a leader. Jerry led an inspiring discussion on leadership that I was privileged to participate in, which is summarized for you here:
Your leadership influence goes far beyond any directives and actions you make as the boss. Your team emulates your values, behavior, and focus, which can be good. Be values-based, be out there on the frontlines, and be the kind of leader you respect.
Next week, more wisdom from the Admiral.
… and Pass It On!
Quote from Vice Admiral Jerry Hoewing: “Pick a good role model, and then be the kind of role model you would want to be for someone else.”
For more info on Admiral Jerry Hoewing leadership contributions to our country, go to this link: http://www.navy.mil/navydata/bios/navybio.asp?bioID=146
Special Thanks to Dr. Steve Byrum of The Byrum Consulting Group, for introducing me to Admiral Hoewing.
Remember Larman? …who first thought Zero Waste might be “out over our skis.” And then, he and his boss, Jeff, along with Mike and Tina, became unwavering champions at Mohawk Industries for Zero Waste. Their landfill haul savings was a respectable $35,000 but the manufacturing waste savings was awesome, approaching $1,000,000!
Time and again, the Zero Waste financial benefits far exceed any expected savings from reduced landfill hauls. Seeing Larman recently, I asked if his team of over 200 is sustaining their target of less than 50 gallons per week of curb waste (apple cores, banana peels, etc.). “You betcha!” was his emotional response. Our society needs more like Larman, Jeff, Mike, and Tina, who move from “Why and What” to “How and Now,”…to quickly turn Zero Waste into habitual practices.
Moving from the “why’s and what’s” of previous blogs, below is a collection of best principles and practices on how to win “World War III on Waste”:
…and Happy Birthday, USA! Remember to live out our responsibilities to this sustain this great country together …socially, economically, politically, and environmentally. And then, after the BBQ, remember to recycle those bottles, cans, and such! God Bless the USA!
…And Pass It On!
Quote from Scott Lutocka, Facilities & Sustainability Manager at Piazza Produce & Specialty Foods in Indianapolis, recipient of the 2014 USZWBC Gold Excellence in Zero Waste, again proving it can be done! “I believe in their (USZWBC) vision and message as well as advocacy for Zero Waste. We have a tough road ahead as we continue to try to convince businesses and communities that this is something that should not be optional. It’s not rocket science!”