His final Army assignment was as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G4 on the Army Staff in the Pentagon, where he oversaw Logistics Operations and Readiness for the 1.1 million Soldier force to include the surges into Iraq and Afghanistan.
Retiring in 2009 to Madison, Alabama, he established Vincent E. Boles, Inc. A leadership and logistics consulting practice, speaking and working with corporate and association groups around the nation and overseas on the subject of Leaders and their team’s “Best Getting Better”. His audiences have included: Deloitte; Fidelity; USAA; Ernst and Young; AIG; The United States Secret Service; The Boy Scouts of America and The American College.
He is the author of 4-3-2-1 Leadership…What America’s Sons and Daughters Taught Me on the Road from 2d Lieutenant to 2 Star General. Now in it’s 3rd printing a recent review of the book commented:
He didn’t write this book exclusively for the military audience and he does us all a great service by putting these leadership lessons into one volume and sharing them.
In 2011 he was inducted in the US Army Ordnance Corps and Niagara University ROTC Halls of Fame. He serves as an adjunct professor of Leadership and Logistics at the University of Alabama Huntsville and the Defense Acquisition University - South
- What? How? Who?: The 3 Critical Questions Leaders Must Ask and Answer
The fog in leadership today is too much…too much data without information; too many choices without criteria; too many inputs masquerading as “need to know” that in realty are just noise. It all distracts leaders and teams from developing the focus and synergy that determines success. Using his 4 decades of battlefield, classroom and boardroom experience - tested in the toughest crucibles - Major General Boles provides the tools for leaders and teams to optimize performance. Your leaders and teams will leave the event armed with the three questions they must ask AND answer before committing themselves to a task. Questions they can begin using immediately. The questions are not complicated but they are vital.
1. What is the standard you are committing yourself and your team to accomplish?
2. How will the team attain that standard?
3. Who is in charge of what?
- Leveraging The Links In Your Supply Chain
Drawing on his 33 years as a career soldier and logistician at every level, Major General Boles will walk through the links in the worlds 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 your standards, your systems?... the critical intersecting points; Metrics: Leading, Lagging . . .what and how you measure. Providing real world examples of what worked, what didn’t work 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.
- 4-3-2-1 Leadership....Tools You Can Use Now!
Leaders today don’t require "help" that sounds good in a PowerPoint presentation and 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 to your team 10 time and battle tested tools that they can begin using right now to ensure their "best gets better."
- Leadership- Make it Your Competitive Advantage
In this new reality of ever fluid change and competitive pressure, organizations have no "extra" people and no "free" time. So how do you maximize the people and time you do have? With leadership, leadership that empowers every teammate with the knowledge and skills to own their piece of their organization. Everyone in your organization is impacted by leadership, it is truly a "core competency" and in this ever adapting competitive environment this competency must be continuously developed. The days of the leader as the font of all knowledge; the "burning bush" of wisdom are passe. What is needed today are organizations that empower their teams to engage more than their hands on a project, there is a need to engage their spirits and their minds as well. Where everyone in the organization helps lead the organization to it's success.