Booz Allen Hamilton

No Excuses, No Regrets

Leader: Dr. Ralph Shrader, Chairman & CEO of Booz Allen Hamilton
Episode: 5
Run Time: 4:54
Release Date: 3/4/2009


Dr. Ralph Shrader, Chairman & CEO of Booz Allen Hamilton, discusses three simple, yet powerful lessons about effort, relationships and time that can help us lead more fulfilling and contented lives.

The first lesson, that all work is honorable, is told through the experience of Colin Powell from his autobiography, My American Journey. We learn of a young boy mopping floors during his summer job at a Pepsi-Cola bottling plant, an experience all too common for generations of African American workers. Yet, by giving even the most tedious task his all without complaint, his work ethic did not go unnoticed and led to much greater responsibility the following summer.

The second lesson, wisdom knows no rank, teaches us how to make the most of our relationships. It reveals that we can often learn as much or more from listening to less obvious voices in our lives, be they the voices of young children or those of the people in an organization without corner offices.

Finally, through the tragedies of 9/11 we take away perhaps the most important lesson of all, that time should be precious, but not anxious. Time is a gift, and we must treat it accordingly. We alone have the power to seize the moment, spend our time wisely, and make a difference.


Dr. Ralph W. Shrader - Chairman & CEO

Dr. Ralph W. Shrader - Booz Allen Chairman & CEODr. Shrader's leadership philosophy and professional experience mirrors Booz Allen's mission — combining strategy with technology to deliver enduring results to clients.

An active participant in public forums, Dr. Shrader has spoken on leadership, strategy, and technology at major international conferences and graduate business schools in the United States, Europe, and Asia, including those sponsored by:

  • The World Economic Forum
  • The Aspen Institute
  • Strategic Management Society
  • Yale School of Management
  • The University of Chicago
  • National Business & Disability Council
  • and The Women's Center.

His views on leadership and business have been featured in major newspapers in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia.