Phil Coker

Phil Coker

About Phil Coker

Brigadier General (retired) Phil Coker served 32 years in the Army as a cavalry officer and analyst. For part of that period he was responsible for refining and testing Service and Joint strategies for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. After retirement he spent 10 years in a major Defense Industry company leading multiple factories and production facilities in the US and UK. You can read more about Phil’s background and qualifications and send a message to Phil here.
17 05, 2017

Making Goals and Objectives Work for You

By | May 17th, 2017|Strategy|0 Comments

When talking about business strategies, commentators often talk about goals, and occasionally mention objectives. These terms are, however, usually not clearly defined and very seldom is there a solid hierarchy or discernable relationship between them. In some cases they are used interchangeably. Unfortunately, the use of these terms in other fields and endeavors (like behavior and coaching) often results in understandable confusion. There are real reasons to use each of these concepts to serve specific and distinct functions in support of business strategy and you can build a stronger and more useful strategy by allowing them to satisfy [...]

13 04, 2017

8 Strategies for Remote Leadership

By | April 13th, 2017|Leadership, Strategy|0 Comments

In a speech in January of 1977, the Twelfth President of the Mormon Church; Spencer W. Kimball said that “The leaven of true leadership cannot lift others unless we are with and serve those to be led.” Among other things; he was talking about the criticality of being face-to-face with the people you lead to be able to offer them the best possible leadership. History tells us that he was right for the thousand years prior to this speech, but the avenues of leadership were opening up even as he was speaking Our bookshelves are replete with stories [...]

7 03, 2017

Leadership Lessons in Presenting an Oscar

By | March 7th, 2017|Leadership, Strategy|0 Comments

Those of you who do not closely follow current culture, (or who may have spent the last weeks on a remote island somewhere) may not have heard that there was an incident at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony where the prize for the Best Picture was initially presented to the wrong team. According to news reports, the envelope for Best Actress was mistakenly given to the presenters by one of the two accountants from PricewaterhouseCoopers (now known as PwC) rather than the correct envelope. As a result, the Oscar for Best Picture was given to the team from La [...]

16 01, 2017

The Challenge of the 7th Wave: Retention

By | January 16th, 2017|Engagement, Leadership, Uncategorized|0 Comments

You are out surfing. It is a relatively quiet day with light winds and the waves are strong but manageable after some offshore weather last night. Then, from nowhere, the seventh wave hits. It was birthed way out in the wide ocean in a strong wind. From a distance it looks much like any other waves. It grew up under much the same conditions as all the other waves that come ashore, but somehow the confluence of a number of events leads to the development of a monster. If you are ready for it, the seventh wave can be the [...]

6 12, 2016

Strategy and Risk in Business

By | December 6th, 2016|Strategy|0 Comments

Risk is an element of much of what we do in life and is usually considered to be a negative thing. This is also true of developing strategies for business, and many who develop these types of strategies firmly believe that one of their major goals should be to avoid or eliminate risk. That is understandable, but it is also impossible. Trying to eliminate risks completely would be a mistake, and failing to address and leverage risk in a strategy is a recipe for an incomplete product. As you go about building or refining a strategy, it is important to [...]

8 09, 2016

Say “Thank You” Like an Anarchist

By | September 8th, 2016|Latest, Leadership|0 Comments

Expressing appreciation - saying "Thank You" -  to someone for a job well done is one of the most valuable but, if sources like Gallup are to be believed, inadequately used techniques in today’s workplace. The value of a simple “thank you” is tremendous in growing pride, sense of team value, determination to succeed and self-discipline in employees. Repeated studies assert, however, that in most workplaces it is not done well or enough.   Taking the time to immediately and personally thank someone who contributed effectively can be very powerful. It usually takes little effort and can have good [...]