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Joe Lawrence

Joe has worked for over 20 years to develop his leadership skills through service to his nation and intense study. This lead him to the conclusion that leadership is all about serving others through mentorship.

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Why have toxic leaders?

Why have toxic leaders? This question is something that helped drive my decision to retire from the service. A lot of people have asked me why I was getting out at 20 years, when I...

Don’t Try to Resolve Conflict Harness It

Don’t try to resolve conflict, harness it. We think about conflict in the wrong way. We look to resolve conflict and read about conflict resolution techniques. The truth is conflict is not able to be...

3 Lessons Learned from Conflict

3 Lessons Learned from a Lifetime of Conflict. I remember getting into fist fights as a child. It was a fun challenge for me that offered immediate results. Then that evolved into debates as I...

What is the third option?

What is the third option? When faced with a problem or a conflict, we tend to polarise our potential solutions and go down a path of binary thinking. We grab onto the first option that...

People want to be led

People want to be led. For the first time in my career, I was advanced to a position of leadership where my technical skills were no longer enough to ensure my success. I felt like...

The Point of decision

The Point of Decision. After leaving the service, I have noticed many mid-level leaders are terrified to make decisions. They defer to their boss or mask this fear by scheduling another meeting for more “fact-finding”....

Don’t know don’t care

Don’t Know or Don’t Care. I remember walking into Tom’s (my mentor) office with an issue I was having with a subordinate. I was frustrated as to why this person was simply “not getting it”....

Trust is an open door

Trust is an open door. Every new commander or senior leader of mine in the Air Force always shared their ‘open door’ policy with me within moments of our first sit down. It was so...

Self Leadership is Required in Every Role

Self Leadership is Required in Every Role. Lead yourself first. This is the most important lesson I have ever learned and, yet, I keep relearning it with every new chapter of my life. The most...

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