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I’d like to offer my sincerest thanks for Major General Boles’ presentation to the leadership of IKEA Distribution Services, Inc. at our fiscal year kickoff event in September, 2012. The feedback we got was unanimously positive, and our biggest challenge now is finding another occasion for him to come and visit with us again. His mix of sophisticated supply chain knowledge with sensible, down-to-earth, and tested leadership approaches was spot-on with our group, and I would be happy to recommend him to any future clients.
IKEA Distribution Services, Inc.
Vinny Boles was simply amazing. He is a phenomenal public speaker. Vinny took the time to ensure he delivered a message tailored to the audience, while staying true to his story on leadership. He was a staggering success and received a standing ovation from the crowd. I wanted to deliver a valuable message that my audience could use in their everyday lives. Vinny delivered! He was on target with the message, delivered it in a heartfelt and often amusing way that was accessible to every member of the audience. He captured the attention of the crowd from the moment he walked on the stage and he wove his magic to keep them interested, engaged and entertained as he delivered a message on leadership that will have a lasting impact for all that attended.
Avaya Government Solutions
Needless to say we are huge fans of Major General Vincent Boles and highly recommend him to any organization. As an event organizer I must also say he is an absolute pleasure to work with and extremely humble in his approach to attendees and internal staff.
IDN Summit and Reverse Expo
Major Gen. Vinny Boles was such a gentleman and was very well received by our clients!
Senior Event Planner, American Century Investments
Vinny’s presentation was great! Everyone really enjoyed hearing from him and his experience with leadership. Later that evening, we had our awards banquet, and many of the speeches included excerpts and quotes from Vinny’s presentation. That’s a pretty good indicator that his message was well received. Personally, I was impressed with how well Vinny understood our audience and spoke directly to them as if he had been working with our company for years.
Platinum Insurance
Vinny Boles’ presentation was impressive and inspiring. We so appreciate the time he spent with some of us to learn about our department and our organization. He certainly demonstrated that information within his presentation. He was a wonderful keynote speaker and received a standing ovation.
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Major Gen. Vinny Boles, USA (Ret.)'s contribution was fundamental to the success of the event. The information he provided was both relevant and helpful.
Executive Vice President, Truckload Carriers Association
We really wanted to keep him longer! Major Gen. Vinny Boles, USA (Ret.) was great!!! His presentation was very relevant, very good and very well received!
Bdirect, Inc.

Major Gen. Vinny Boles, USA (Ret.)

Leadership and Team Development Expert

America's Army has historically developed leaders and teams to function at their highest performance levels under the most stressful of conditions. Vinny Boles shows your team how to do the same.

Leadership - That Tool That Lies Between “Juggling” and “Magic”

“Juggling” is a verb defined by the Merriam dictionary as: “To keep several objects in motion in the air at the same time by repeatedly throwing and catching them”

Merriam defines “magic” as a noun, specifically: “a power that allows people to do impossible things by saying special words or performing special actions”

“Leadership” is that topic that, alphabetically, finds itself between these two, and often is confused with these two. As evidenced by these questions and replies often asked of and heard from leaders: “What are you doing? I’m just keeping balls in the air” or; “how did we make that happen? Magic”

Bringing his 40 years of military, business expertise and presentations to groups around the globe ranging from 40 to 4,000; Major General Vincent “Vinny” Boles provides a lens to view your (and your teams) leadership practices, processes and actions along with a structure to ensure they are consciously and proactively providing the maximum value added to any organization’s most precious resource it’s human capital

You’ll learn:

  • The five things to ensure your team learns upfront and early. To include: what your job isn’t; spot checks vs inspections; management doesn’t equal leadership; when to (and when not to micromanage); understanding the challenge of change.
  • How to really help those you lead. Specifically: when do you smile?; coaching and counseling in 15 minutes; handling “news” (good and bad) to ensure your “best gets better”; The two aspects critical in every job interview; feedback, giving it as a gift, receiving it as a present.
  • How to really help yourself be a better leader: Including: four things you have to do every day (and what happens when you don’t); Don’t learn from experience; The model to manage your meetings; work life balance is an equation (balance is a function of how you use your 24 hours, on important or urgent  tasks); the most important thing a leader can do

You and your team will leave with reality based, “battle tested” tools to ensure they stop wondering if they are “juggling” or “magically” having things happen to making the best things happen and in the process being the best they can be for themselves and your organization.

4-3-2-1 Leadership....Tools You Can Use Now!

Leaders today don’t require "help" that sounds good in a PowerPoint presentation and fades under the heat and pressure of reality. They need tools that hold up when the stakes are high so that they can be better practitioners of their leadership craft. Using his 33 years of experience in leading America’s sons and daughters and providing the right support in the toughest conditions, Major General Boles delivers to your team 10 time and battle tested tools that they can begin using right now to ensure their "best gets better." Specifically the:
4 expectations teams have of leaders.
3 critical questions leaders need to ask AND answer.
2 reasons for stress in teams.
1 truth to never forget when leading.

Leveraging The Links In Your Supply Chain

Drawing on his 33 years as a career soldier and logistician at every level, Major General Boles will walk through the links in the worlds largest and most complex supply chain from the port to the Pentagon and highlight 4 critical issues that will snag/kink your supply chain:

  • Standards you use.
  • Systems you put in place to attain those standards.
  • Who is in charge of your standards, your systems? ...the critical intersecting points.
  • Metrics: Leading, Lagging . . .what and how you measure.

Providing real world examples of what worked, what didn’t work and why, Major General Boles will lay out a real world depiction of a supply chain in motion. You and your team will have "news you can use" to better optimize your supply chain, whether across town or around the globe.

Meet Major Gen. Vinny Boles, USA (Ret.)


America's Army has historically developed leaders and teams to function at their highest performance levels under the most stressful of conditions. Vinny Boles shows your team how to do the same.

Six weeks before the attacks of September 11th, 2001, Vinny Boles was a newly selected one-star General. He reported to take command of a contingency command, one that would be needed by the nation if "the worst thing happened." On September 11th, it did happen and Vinny and his team went from planning to execution in an ever-fluid environment. Across five continents and over eight years of this persistent conflict, as a combat commander, coach, trainer, leader and world-class logistician, he has built teams that have consistently gotten the right item to the right place at the right time under the tremendous pressures of war. Today, a recently retired Army Major General, Vinny will help your organization develop their leadership competency, bringing his time tested leadership applications to your team. With examples of what worked, what didn't work and why and with anecdotes from the front lines of combat and the halls of the Pentagon, every person on your team will get tools they can apply right away to ensure that their "best gets better." They will be focused, energized and even more committed to own and tackle the toughest missions together, every day. Vinny is the author of 4-3-2-1 Leadership: What America's Sons and Daughters Taught Me on the Road from 2nd Lieutenant to 2 Star General.

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