RC#21 To Lead (Part 4) Interview with a Leader – General Russ Honore

Tough Talk About Crisis Management

A GMJ Q&A with Lieutenant General Russel Honoré (retired), former commander of Joint Task Force – Katrina, who oversaw the military relief efforts after hurricanes Katrina and Rita

Crises are inevitable. Every organization will find itself in a maelstrom at some point, and fortunately, most can be contained, managed, or smoothed over. But some crises can’t. Some crises are so awful that they command the attention of law enforcement, the media, and maybe even Congress…

Few people know more about leadership in crisis than Lieutenant General Russel Honoré, who retired from the Army in January 2008 after 37 years, having served as Commanding General of the U.S. First Army at Fort Gillem, Georgia. During his military career, General Honoré served in many roles in the United States and overseas, from Commanding General, 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea to his final assignment as Commander of the Standing Joint Force Headquarters, Homeland Security, U.S. Northern Command. But he will always be remembered as the “John Wayne dude” — so dubbed by New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin — who was called in to command Joint Task Force – Katrina and to coordinate the military relief efforts after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Read the interview:


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