“Take charge”

Schwarzkopf speaks in Minneapolis, 1994General Norman Schwarzkopf passed away a couple weeks ago. Schwarzkopf was a highly decorated and successful military commander.

After leading American forces to a rapid victory in the Gulf War in 1991, Schwarzkopf was greeted at home with immense popularity. He was in great demand for personal appearances. He attended a fundraiser in Tampa that year which had been organized by a First Union team member. (First Union joined Wells Fargo in 2009.) A few years later, the General spoke to Norwest customers and team members about leadership. (Norwest joined with Wells Fargo in 1998.) Schwarzkopf stressed goals and standards, recognizing performance, and giving people the “latitude to learn.”

His two final points were “take charge,” and “do what’s right.”

Schwarzkopf was 78.

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