Knowing Your Core Values

[January 17, 2018] A chance meeting last week with a young man who worked at a local retail store brought back some thoughts on core values and their importance. The man, I’ll call him Jason but not his real name, had been let go from his employment when the company permanently closed. I asked him… Read More »

Leader Trends: Do We Encourage Treason?

[January 16, 2018] The recent question circulating among our senior political leaders is about the idea that we can no longer formally charge or prosecute people for treason despite it being the only crime defined in the U.S. Constitution. Their belief, as well as many scholars, is that recent leader trends suggest that we actually… Read More »

What is Good Leadership?

[January 15, 2018] Yesterday evening at our local Boy Scout meeting, I was asked by the newly elected Senior Patrol Leader a question that I’ve been asked hundreds of times while serving in the U.S. Army. This 15 year old asked me what is good leadership. He wanted to know because he knew it was… Read More »

China Prepares for War

[January 14, 2018] There is an old saying that Communist and socialist nations possess militaries that perform poorly at war; especially at the tactical level. Experience seems to bear this out and thus it comes as no surprise that senior government officials in China believe their military to be unprepared for war, lazy, and complacent.… Read More »

Priorities for Leaders

[January 13, 2018] At the beginning of each new year, like most everyone else, I write down a few New Year’s resolutions. This year, however, I’m changing directions and instead I am listing priorities that every good leader should consider. Resolutions come from wishful thinking, while priorities come from what we need to achieve. Up… Read More »

Ways to Fail as a Leader

[January 12, 2018] Yesterday I got a text message from a good friend in the U.S. Air Force. He was wondering what my thoughts were regarding Steve Bannon, previous Chief of Staff of President Trump and fired Executive Chairman of Breitbart News. Bannon, along with several other high-profile folks have done a good job of… Read More »

A U.S. Military Cultural Change?

[January 11, 2018] Yes, I tried to get Army Vet to write this article about cultural change being discussed in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) but he says he’s “out of town” working with the Guatemalan Army. Army Vet did, however, give me some insight and that is included in today’s article. The Honorable… Read More »

Reading List (Update): Strategy & Power

[January 10, 2018] A philosopher once said that “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” But there are many ways to express the analysis of any history and that is what our writer today has done. World War II, as can be seen in the multitude of writings, is a… Read More »

Showing What “Right” Looks Like

[January 9, 2018] Those of us who have spent time in the U.S. military are in possession of something that gives a marked advantage over others in the civilian world. That thing we have is the notion that leaders have the responsibility to show us what “right” looks like. Military folks and veterans have experienced… Read More »

Our Senior Leaders are not Modest

[January 8, 2018] People prefer senior leaders who are not modest. If we were to survey folks on the least preferred traits of leadership, modesty would come out the winner. The reasons for this are many but our actions speak loudly when it comes to choosing leaders with outgoing personalities. Should leaders be modest? The… Read More »