Leader Wall of Failure and Success

[September 18, 2014] This week we have several leadership failures and successes. We’ll be naming names and making judgments – that is what leaders do. Leaders either have the ability to compare behavior and talk to some level of acceptable standards or they are not effective leaders. Those leaders who embroil themselves in controversial subjects… Read More »

New Features and Enhancements

[September 17, 2014] TheLeaderMaker.com is about to undergo some changes that should make the reading experience more worthwhile. The changes are largely based on reader input but also include some items I’ve wanted to add for a while. My intent is to make theLeaderMaker.com the go to place to read about senior leadership. Here are… Read More »

Inspections are a Leadership Tool

[September 17, 2014] It is undoubtedly human nature to be comfortable. Wherever we go and in whatever we are doing, we eventually strive to make ourselves more comfortable. This makes sense and is a good thing but can also be a bad for us in the work world. Good that we are always making our… Read More »

North Korea Sentences American

[September 16, 2014] The North Korean government sentences another American citizen to prison. While this has been widely reported in the U.S. press, it does not represent the real story here. All that we know is reported by North Korea and that is not an oddity in itself but should be. In this case an… Read More »

News from New York City: Anti-Semitism?

[September 15, 2014] The news was alarming to the very tolerant New York City residents. ‘The city that never sleeps’ has seen an increase in the number of violent attacks, vandalism, and harassment of Jews, especially in Brooklyn – a borough within the city. New Yorkers pride themselves on being able to get along with… Read More »

Leadership: The Names We Use

[September 15, 2014] When I was a Battalion Commander and not elegant in the use of the English language, I learned a few things. Yes, it’s true my grandmother told me that I should learn quickly so “other people don’t pay a price for your ignorance.” I once mistakenly called a Platoon Leader the name… Read More »

CBS Sports Network Rejects “Political” Ad

[September 14, 2014] It should not be too surprising that some ads get rejected due to their political nature. Some ads are, frankly, lacking in good taste and are intellectually insulting. Stations that advertise have policies that cover this type of advertising. This past week, CBS Sports Network rejected an ad that had a 4-year-old… Read More »

Pope Francis on World War III

[September 14, 2014] In his visit to an Austro-Hungarian Cemetery of World War I dead, Pope Francis decried war as an instrument of greed, power, crime, and destruction. “War is madness …” he said. At Redipuglia Italy, the war memorial entombs 100,000 Italian soldiers killed in battle.   The Pope spoke about those who died in… Read More »

You Can’t Demand Respect

[September 13, 2014] Every lieutenant in the Army remembers his first company commander. In these pages I occasionally refer to my experience with this first-rate nincompoop I had as a commander. Part of learning to be a good leader sometimes means getting a bad example – an example that tells us what not to do.… Read More »

5 Things Successful People Do

[September 12, 2014] Actually six! Sorry, but I couldn’t help adding a sixth to a very good article on success. The 5 things successful people do are also those things that leaders do. The author wrote that that there are five things that successful people do “that others don’t.” I’ve listed his five below and… Read More »