The 15:17 to Paris: What Leaders Do

[February 17, 2018]  While my leadership post today  is not a movie review – a movie called The 15:17 to Paris just came out – it is about what leaders do and what they should do in extraordinary situations.  If there is anything trained leaders are taught, it is that being passive and being hesitant to… Read More »

Clearing the Spindle: the Leaders

[February 16, 2018]  Last year I began a new blog thread to give a brief summary of leadership topics I like but could not get into sufficient detail.  The clearing the spindle post today focuses on leaders and their challenges.  Previous posts can be found at the links below.  Leaders often draw enemies from unexpected directions.  Harvard… Read More »

Olympic Grace Defined

[February 15, 2018]  There is something about watching the Olympic Games that makes us feel more alive, more proud, and perhaps even like a better person.  I have no idea what makes this so but the grace we saw in the performance of the U.S. figure skaters won me over.  U.S. Olympians on the Figure Skating… Read More »

They Tell You to do the Impossible

[February 14, 2018]  Last week I was sitting in a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) when I overheard several young men talking about their upcoming Basic Training course.  One was saying that the Drill Sergeants will tell you to do the impossible and then yell at you when you fail.  I laughed to myself because that… Read More »

Command Failure and the Little Things

[February 13, 2018]  I learned a valuable lesson in command leadership when I was sent to inspect an army unit that had failed its annual GI inspection.  I often say that leaders can learn valuable lessons from the failure of others and this was a case I would never forget.  The unit commander had decided he would… Read More »

Showing Moral Courage: Cardinal Joseph Zen

[February 12, 2018]  It has been said that the world’s intellectual elites have been attacking Christianity generally and Roman Catholicism specifically for at least a century.  Communist nations led this effort but there is one person who stands up against the state’s efforts and that man is Cardinal Joseph Zen.  Cardinal Zen is well known for… Read More »

Core Values: National Security Agency

[February 11, 2018]  Just a few weeks ago, the U.S. National Security Agency made changes to their published core values (see them below and here on the NSA website).  While the agency received criticism for this change1, that is not as big a problem as we are led to believe by the media.  First, the criticism.  Changed… Read More »

On the Venezuela Border: by Army Vet

[February 10, 2018]  Army Vet has just returned from the border between VENEZUELA and COLUMBIA to tell his story.  Don’t believe what the mass-media talking heads tell you.  There’s a real fight going on, a bloody nasty rock & roll fight that pits the  country of Colombia against the socialist-dictator controlled Venezuela.  If you believe… Read More »

Leader Training: Sapper Leader Course

[February 9, 2018]  Leadership can be taught.  That is the premise on which all leadership training is based and it is the reason so many folks have achieved great things in their lives.  Today, I’m beginning a new series on leader training and today my focal point will be on the Sapper Leader Course conducted by… Read More »

Characteristic # 106: Self-Awareness

[February 8, 2018]  Leadership today involves navigating some of the most difficult situations without any signpost markers along the way telling us which way is best.  That means a leader must be, by definition, resilient, tough-minded, and inner directed  But more than anything else, a leader must have the self-awareness to “see” solutions to the… Read More »