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Vincent Boles, Leadership Speaker

Vincent Boles

    • From 2nd Lieutenant to 2-Star General
    • Works with Leaders to Maximize their Return on The Most Precious Resource; Their People
    • Logistics and Leadership Expert
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$10,000 - $15,000

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Vinny Boles - Pantheon of A Warrior

Vinny Boles - Pantheon of A Warrior

Metrics, The Right Ones Matter

Metrics, The Right Ones Matter

Thoughts for Leaders

Thoughts for Leaders

With Vincent Boles, author of the upcoming book, "4-3-2-1 Leadership: What America's Sons and Daughters Taught Me on the Road from 2nd Lieutenant to 2 Star General, you have a leader who has done more than read a textbook on the subject of leadership and logistics. You have a career Army officer with 33 years of experience in staying ready for war and, when needed, leading and supporting teams into that toughest crucible, combat. Highlights from his experience in 9 years as a General include:

  • Managing the nation's $27 Billion ammunition account.
  • Assuming command of the Army's War Reserve equipment 6 weeks before the attacks of 9-11 and flexing it into operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and other locations.
  • Deployed to Kuwait in preparation for the Invasion of Iraq with 142 personnel, which, in 90 days, grew to a force of over 8,000 soldiers, civilians and contractors by the time the invasion began.
  • Forward deployed from Kuwait into Iraq, in the summer of 2003, he assumed command of the 16,000 personnel responsible for providing all logistical support and services to the 150,000 members of the coalition.
  • Upon redeployment from combat operations, Boles was assigned as the Army's 33rd Chief of Ordinance. Responsible for the doctrine, training and professional excellence of the 120,000 Soldiers affiliated with the Corps, he made his primary focus taking the "lessons learned" in combat operations and embedding them in training programs.
  • In his final Army assignment, Boles served as the Army's Chief Operating Officer for Logistics Operations. Assigned to the Pentagon, he was responsible for; operations and readiness of Army equipment, the force projection and distribution of personnel and equipment around the globe and overseeing the logistics strategy for the 1.1 million Soldier Army.

Today, he is the president of Vincent E. Boles Inc; a leadership and logistics consulting practice where he focuses on working with leaders and supply chain professionals that need to maximize their return on their most precious resource; their people. An adjunct professor of Life Cycle Logistics for the Department of Defense at the Defense Acquisition University, he annually trains over 200 Department of Defense Logistics professionals for Level III certification (the capstone achievement of their profession). In 2011, Major General Boles was inducted into both the Niagara University ROTC and the United States Army Ordinance Corps Halls of Fame. To book Leadership and Logistics Speaker Vincent Boles call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

Leadership - That Tool That Lies Between Juggling and Magic

Juggling is a verb defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as to keep several objects in motion in the air at the same time by repeatedly throwing and catching them.

Magic is a noun meaning: 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 them. 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 and business expertise to groups around the globe ranging from 40 to 4,000, Major General Vincent “Vinny” Boles provides a lens to view your (and your team’s) leadership practices, processes and actions.  He works to create a structure to ensure they are consciously and proactively providing the maximum value added to your organization’s most precious resource: its human capital.

You’ll learn:

  • The five things to ensure your team learns upfront and early, including:
    • What your job isn’t
    • Spot checks vs inspections
    • Management doesn’t equal leadership
    • When to (and when not to micromanage); and
    • 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; and
    • 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); and
    • The most important thing a leader can do.

You and your team will leave with reality-based, battle-tested tools to ensure they aren’t wondering if they are “juggling” or “magically” having things happen.  Instead, they’ll be 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 the kind of help that sounds good in a PowerPoint presentation but 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 time-tested tools you can begin using right now.  Items like:

  • 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 3 decades as a career soldier and logistician at every level, Major General Boles will walk through the links in the world’s 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 the critical points of intersection?
  • Metrics: Leading, Lagging . . .what and how you measure

Providing real-world examples of what worked, what didn’t, 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.

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