Hile Rutledge
Trainer, author

Hile Rutledge

CEO and owner of OKA (Otto Kroeger Associates), a training and consulting firm specializing in leadership and team development.

Archive: Hile Rutledge

Not Dark Yet

Dylan is about to turn 70 years old, and he continues to push himself artistically and professionally -- to find both new ideas and musical expressions.

By Hile Rutledge | December 20, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (14)

Grow and stay hungry

Competition, challenge and perpetual threat -- intellectual or physical -- keeps us relevant, professionally sharp and a little bit hungry.

By Hile Rutledge | December 6, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Good, bad and ugly

My mother gave me a great gift that has come back to buoy me in times of stress and trouble ever since. Life is not always easy or fun, and when it is not, you drive on and make the most of it.

By Hile Rutledge | November 29, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Harmony is overrated

Fresh off of every election, there is self-congratulation and the talk of mandate. But the grandstanding generally gives way to governance, which requires a clash, then compromise.

By Hile Rutledge | November 8, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Paths to creativity

While innovation needs the public push/pull of ideas, creativity lives in many places. Successful leadership requires knowing where you are most likely to tap your own creativity.

By Hile Rutledge | October 12, 2010; 05:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Debate and diversity

Are leaders better off surrounding themselves with varied opinions or like-minded lieutenants? The outcome is clearly rooted in the leader's ability to maintain the support of the governed.

By Hile Rutledge | October 4, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

What, not where

For job stability and empowerment, you really do need to go to college. But do you need to go to the most prestigious or most expensive one you can afford? Clearly not.

By Hile Rutledge | September 27, 2010; 04:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Feel my pain, please!

People want their feelings noticed and even justified. The leader who acknowledges and shares the feelings of those he leads has tapped into a powerful dynamic.

By Hile Rutledge | September 20, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Balance is best

Adrian Fenty, Barack Obama, George W. Bush: All illustrate the point that our weaknesses are merely strengths overdone, misapplied or misunderstood.

By Hile Rutledge | August 30, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Teaching old dogs

Not only can you teach an old dog new tricks -- there are some tricks so challenging that only old dogs can handle them.

By Hile Rutledge | August 23, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

JetBlue's Rorschach test

I can't help but see the reaction to Slater's rebellion as a marker of our collective professional insecurity and the perceived diminishment of our personal power.

By Hile Rutledge | August 16, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Fame as stepping stone

In this media age when fame often seems like an empty end in itself, it's refreshing to see someone trying to use his celebrity to bring about true change.

By Hile Rutledge | August 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Jumping the gun

When the big day came, it was a mess. By the end, the group was angrier and further away from team cohesion and change than they had been before the event. I had been a disaster.

By Hile Rutledge | July 29, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

A generational rift

Having choices and access to data are great things. However, it all comes at a cost.

By Hile Rutledge | July 21, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Walking a fine line

When Gen. McCrystal recently spoke his mind, he looked both honest and insubordinate -- which is arguably commendable, yet intolerable for a leader in his system.

By Hile Rutledge | July 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

An unexpected journey

To anyone dumped into this tight job market: Imagine yourself happy, engaged and energized by your work. Take the best job you can find and commit yourself to doing it well. Solve the group's problems and make its goals your own.

By Hile Rutledge | June 21, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Toward or against?

Political movements and leaders who 'move against' tend to become more associated over time with complaining and bomb throwing and less with productive movement.

By Hile Rutledge | June 17, 2010; 03:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

A beautiful game

Baseball is as close to a perfect game as it gets, and while it's a shame that Galarraga was denied this tremendous honor, the sanctity of the game is more important than any one person or event.

By Hile Rutledge | June 10, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Driving through setbacks

Thomas Edison tried thousands of times to make a light bulb before one worked. He said each effort succeeded at showing him how not to build a light bulb.

By Hile Rutledge | June 3, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Washington warriors

Being a Warrior can cause you to see as contentious things that don't have to be. That's what is happening in the bitterly partisan halls of Congress.

By Hile Rutledge | May 13, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wisdom at the cineplex

A lot of this change in attitude -- parents now being cool again -- is an interesting byproduct of natural generational shifts in values.

By Hile Rutledge | May 10, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Kicking that football

I was an adult before I realized that Charlie Brown's self-image was so deeply written that he wouldn't have seen himself as successful even if he had kicked the football.

By Hile Rutledge | April 29, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Build up, tear down

The rich and successful give us something to aspire to, and we love them for it. But they also remind us of what we are not, and we hate them for that.

By Hile Rutledge | April 22, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

It's all about balance

Some people, even when on vacation, aren't able to plug into the moment to enjoy the sun, the drink they're holding, the kids playing beside them. In many ways they have not left work at all.

By Hile Rutledge | April 15, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

A leader's tightrope

The pope's essential challenge is a common one among leaders: How much change does the system need and, frankly, how much change can it withstand?

By Hile Rutledge | April 7, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Effective mentorship

Many effective mentor/protégé relationships evolve to a point where the protégé surpasses in knowledge or ability that of the former mentor.

By Hile Rutledge | April 1, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (8)

Go out there and win

In the end, coaches are hired to win -- perhaps also to teach, to mold, and to train, but certainly to win.

By Hile Rutledge | March 18, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

EQ and TV Ratings

Glenn Beck--or at least the persona he shows us on television--is loaded with Assertiveness and Independence, but the push back he is getting is due to his lack of Impulse Control and Interpersonal Relationship.

By Hile Rutledge | March 17, 2010; 11:03 PM ET | Comments (13)

Extroverts and introverts

What you see is what you get with most extroverts, so players on a team usually know what the coach wants and where they stand. It tends to be an energizing force when it works.

By Hile Rutledge | March 15, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

A test of greatness

Leaders show greatness, in part, not by avoiding errors, but by being able to acknowledge and admit them and then to learn something and avoid them the next time.

By Hile Rutledge | March 1, 2010; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

Risk, struggle and medals

Medals are important. It is often the desire for medals and trophies (and promotions) that keep people in the game, competing and working hard.

By Hile Rutledge | February 25, 2010; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

3 key ingredients

People who define themselves as successful tend to be both optimistic and happy. If you lacked optimism, you'd think there was little point in even trying. And happiness gives you the energy to do so.

By Hile Rutledge | January 7, 2010; 10:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Holding the tension

Success comes from someone's abliity to hold the tension between the tact and truth-telling and knowing when to pull on the value of each.

By Hile Rutledge | November 16, 2009; 08:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Alignment, potential and self-awareness

You are successful if you live into your potential, can satisfy your needs and live in alignment with your values.

By Hile Rutledge | November 2, 2009; 01:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

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