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Improving Leadership Through Stories

September 16, 2009
By Katie Packard

Storytelling can be a powerful communication tool, and it is one that Andrew O'Keefe uses in his novel The Boss to show people how to be a better manager. The book's protagonist, Lauren, tries to succeed at her job as a marketing professional while under the leadership of a team of terrible bosses.

O'Keefe has more than 25 years of human resources experience, including a decade as an HR executive at IBM. After years of hearing nightmare stories about awful bosses, he decided to put those stories to good use and wrote his novel.

"I hope managers can read my book to see mistakes and to learn how to improve. It was written very much with bosses in mind. 'Do I do some of the things Lauren's bosses do?' I hope managers realize the impact people have as a boss and how they might choose to do something differently."

He suggests that employees who show leadership potential receive management training early on to develop their skills. O'Keefe believes that managers who truly enjoy interacting with people will succeed and that senior management should create a "doable job" to which managers are held accountable.

You can read more of his tips for grooming successful managers in "Who Bosses the Bosses?" from this month's SIGNAL Connections. We at SIGNAL Scape also invite you to share your best practices for good leadership here. What qualities do you think make someone a good boss? What have you learned during your experience as a manager?

Sypris Awarded Multiyear Naval Contract

September 16, 2009
By Katie Packard

Sypris Electronics LLC, a subsidiary of Sypris Solutions Incorporated, has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic for its Model 101e data recording systems. The three-year contract has a ceiling of approximately $10.5 million if all options are exercised.

SAIC Awarded Contract to Support JIEDDO

September 16, 2009
By Katie Packard

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a prime contract by the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) to provide comprehensive technical and operational support services.

CACI Awarded $24.5 Million Task Order to Continue Support for Army Airborne Intel

September 16, 2009
By Katie Packard

CACI International Incorporated has been awarded a $24.5 million task order to provide airborne, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance ground station support to the U.S. Army Product Manager Aerial Common Sensor.

DRC Awarded $3.7 Million Program Management Task Order With TSA

September 16, 2009
By Katie Packard

Dynamics Research Corporation (DRC) has been awarded a task order with an estimated value of $3.7 million with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). DRC will provide project and program management support to the TSA's National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program, which deters and detects the introduction of explosives devices into the transportation system.

EF Johnson Technologies Receives $8.6 Million Contract from Defense Department

September 16, 2009
By Katie Packard

EF Johnson Technologies has received an $8.6 million contract from the U.S. Defense Department. This contract calls for the company to provide accessories for the Project 25 compliant two-way radios already in deployment.

Coast Guard Ponders Unmanned Eyes, Intel Capabilities

September 14, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Coast Guard is taking steps to enhance its command, control, intelligence and reconnaissance capabilities with new unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and network-centric systems for its ships. At a press briefing late last week, RAdm. Ronald J. Robago, USCG, the service's new assistant commandant for acquisitions, discussed steps being taken to evaluate and select a new shipboard UAS.

L-3 Receives Contract for UAS Support

September 14, 2009
By Katie Packard

L-3 Communications Geneva Aerospace is being awarded a not-to-exceed $250 million contract for the expeditionary unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in support of U.S. Special Operations Command Program Executive Office-Fixed Wing.

Logos Technologies Awarded Contract for Network Defense

September 14, 2009
By Katie Packard

Logos Technologies has been awarded a $20 million contract to provide research, design and development of advanced tools, methodologies and capabilities to support current and future computer network defense and exploitation challenges.

Booz Allen Receives Air Force Contract for Network Defense

September 14, 2009
By Katie Packard

Booz Allen Hamilton has received a $19 million U.S. Air Force contract to provide defense against attacks on networks and intelligence information systems.

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