Welcome to Leadership on Tap | Talking Leadership Development and Reviewing Great Beer! We have a passion for all things leadership-related, especially helping high-potential military and civilian leaders unleash their true potential. Collaborating and sharing unconventional, yet practical leadership wisdom and observation reinforces our passion.

Fulfillment and success is our mantra! We assist by coaching with you in the discovery of this process. We happen to be successful US Army Officers who understand that each individual has unique, often untapped potential, and we believe that deep down every elite leader has an innate desire to awaken and unleash this potential in their sphere of influence –  just as we expected it from the 1000+ Soldiers we collectively coached, led, and mentored over the past 10+ years!

Like you, we are constantly thirsty for further leader-development and are committed to excellence (in both leadership development, and great beer…) – we refuse to settle for anything less in our lives! We can help you:

  • Get 100% clear on your individual leadership philosophy
  • Maximize and unleash your untapped potential
  • Challenge yourself to a higher standard than the status quo (Center of Mass…)
  • Identify and leverage your unique skills and abilities
  • Discover your unique personality and leadership style and leverage these to your advantage
  • Collaborate with other high potential leaders and military veterans
  • Project yourself to unlimited success
  • Break free from the typical “9am-5pm” rat race (if that’s your ultimate goal)
  • Discover your passion for the work you love and set yourself up for success for life after the military
  • Blaze your own path to financial freedom

Leadership On Tap is all about you – the next generation of elite leaders and veterans who want to lead with excellence and live with passion!


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More about Mike Skiff

Major Mike Skiff is a native of Oak Harbor, Washington. He graduated from Central Washington University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Military Science (Reserve Officer Training Corps). He also graduated from Central Michigan University where he received a Master of Science in Administration. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Adjutant General Corps in June 2004.

Mike’s past military assignments include: Postal Platoon Leader, 175th AG Company (Postal), 22d Personnel Services Battalion, Fort Lewis, Washington; Battalion S-1, 22d Personnel Services Battalion, Fort Lewis, Washington; Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 22d Personnel Services Battalion, Fort Lewis, Washington; Instructor/Writer, Basic Officer Leader Course, Adjutant General School & Small Group Instructor, Captain’s Career Course, Adjutant General School, Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Battalion S-3, 120th Adjutant General Battalion (Reception), Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Board Recorder, Department of the Army Secretariat, Army Selection Boards, Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky.  He deployed in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM with the 22d Personnel Services Battalion (Task Force Phoenix) September 2006 – December 2007.  He currently serves as an Adjunct Faculty Instructor for the ROTC program at Pacific Lutheran University as a US Army Reserves Officer.  On the Civilian side, Mike is a Serial Entrepreneur.

Mike is a graduate of the Adjutant General Officer Basic Course, Postal Operations Course, Postal Supervisors Course, Adjutant General Captain’s Career Course, Staff and Faculty Development Course, and Small Group Instructor’s Course.

Also somewhat significant to note – Mike was selected to attend the UNC Executive Leadership Fellowship Program and an exclusive Interagency Fellowship in-lieu of attending the standard Intermediate Level Education course at Fort Leavenworth.  However, he had to decline in order to continue to pursue his passion of coaching and developing the next generation of military leaders through his work at Leadership On Tap on a more full-time basis.

Mike’s awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (2OLC), the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon.

Mike is a member of the Adjutant General’s Corps Regimental Association and Omicron Delta Kappa – The premier national leadership honor society.

Mike is married to his college sweetheart, Malynda, and they have five kids at home!

More about Tristan Manning

Major Tristan Manning was commissioned in the United States Army as a Medical Service Corps Officer in 2004.

His formal military education includes the Army Medical Department Officer Basic and Captains Career Courses.

He has commanded three Army units: Headquarters and Headquarters Company,  Brigade Support Battalion, 5th 402nd; Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Madigan Healthcare System; and the Commander for the Brigade Support Medical Company, 4th Team, 2nd  Infantry Division.

Tristan’s other military assignments include: Medical Platoon Leader, 1st Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry). Medical Platoon Leader, 3rd Battalion 6th Field Artillery, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry); Battalion Operations Officer, 402nd Brigade Support Battalion, 5th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (SBCT); I Corps Surgeon Battle Captain Joint Operation Center for United States Forces-Iraq (USF-I); and Chief of Medical Operations for 7th Infantry Division.

He has deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005 and 2009 and most recently deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2013 as the Commander of the Brigade Support Medical Company for Combined Task Force 4-2.

His awards and decorations include: three Bronze Star Medals, two Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, two Joint Meritorious Unit Award, two Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Nation Defense Service Ribbon, the Afghan Campaign Medal with one campaign star, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NATO medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 2), the Airborne Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.

He is a life long member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) as well as the Military Officer Association of America (MOAA).

Guest Contributions/Appearances

Shifting Work Podcast

We were guests on the Shifting Work Podcast in the early stages – back when we still called ourselves Elite Achievement.

The Iron Jen Show

We were guests on The Iron Jen Podcast and discussed making the transition from Military to Civilian life.