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Managing the Marine Way

WS talks to top executive Rod Walsh

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in Best-Practices Leadership,Leaders & Managers,Office Management,Records Retention

Rod Walsh, a former Marine and Vietnam veteran, founded Blue Chip Inventory Service in 1970. Today, the California-based company employs 200 people and serves as a model of enlightened leadership.

Walsh recently co-wrote Semper Fi, in which he relates his experiences in the military to his business career. Even though it has been nearly 30 years since his days in the armed services, he still applies those lessons.

WS: What’s the No. 1 lesson you took away from your Marine Corps experience that has helped you in business?

Walsh:
To lead by personal example. It doesn’t always work, because the example you set in a specific instance may not be the best every time. But in a larger sense, how you talk to people and carry yourself sends a message. For example, if you’re the first in and last out of the office, that alone is going to motivate your employees.

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