Leadership Toolbox: The Stand-down

[September 20, 2017]  Back in my early unmarried days, I had the opportunity to take a graduate-level course in Organizational Theory and Practice.  I sat in on one of the most intellectually useful academic courses of a lifetime because of the “professor” (a retired U.S. Marine and now a manufacturing CEO) taught us about useful… Read More »

Race, Leadership, and Moral Failure

By guest blogger Sadako Red [see disclaimer] [September 19, 2017] In the small circle of government-inspired writers, it is exciting – in its own tortuous way – to know that that you’ve reached an apex of bloggership when theLeaderMaker.com website gives you a special moniker that looks like a cat (smart, sly, seductive) and allows… Read More »

Reading List (Update): The Confederates

[September 18, 2017] Warning for those with a fragile mind, hypersensitivity to reading things about events during the U.S. Civil War, or are a college “snowflake” … this book review may cause you to require mental counseling. I’m just kidding of course; as I don’t expect readers of this leadership blog to be such a… Read More »

The Battle of Antietam

[September 17, 2017]  This date in history is well-known in the annals of humankind for September 17th produced a number of life-changing events for Americans and most Western nations.  For example, this was the date in 1787 that the U.S. Constitution was signed, in 1939 the Soviet Union invaded Poland as part of that war’s… Read More »

The Iraqi Osirak Nuclear Research Facility

[September 16, 2017]  In early 2007 the Iraq War between a “coalition of the willing” and Iraqi insurgents was not going as planned for the U.S. and its allies.  U.S. President Bush announced a “surge” of troops to compensate for too little forces operating there.  To expand coalition operational area, the Osirak nuclear research facility… Read More »

How to Write Fabulous Speeches in 20 Minutes

By guest blogger Justin Osborne [see Biography] [September 15, 2017]  Crafting a fabulous speech requires dedication, practice and of course, several tricks to create the best formula. If you want to lead the audience through your words, meeting the deadline is not your only priority. A goal of every good speaker is to make speeches… Read More »

Leaders Playing it Safe

[September 14, 2017]  My young son loved watching early morning television and his favorite show was Barney & Friends (see official site link here).  In addition, he had a Barney stuffed animal which he slept with until he was about 8 years old.  The character Barney, like some leaders today, spends his time playing it… Read More »

The Halls of Montezuma

[September 13, 2017]  Several years ago, a small group of us “grunt” Infantrymen were invited to attend a formal U.S. Marine Corps’ Mess Night with the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines (Infantry).  We had much in common as our primary job in defending the nation has always been to “close with and destroy the enemy.”  That… Read More »

How well did Cuba Fare in Hurricane Irma?

[September 12, 2017]  The media has reported extensively on the damage caused by Hurricane Irma, the strongest hurricane so far recorded in the Atlantic Ocean.  As the Category 5 hurricane slammed into the north side of Cuba, little is being reported from that country.  What we do hear from news outlets is that the island… Read More »

Remembering the 9/11 Islamic Attacks on America

[September 11, 2017]  When we speak of past events it should be noted that people remember things differently and attach many levels of meaning and emotion to them.  Like most of us in the United States, things changed for my military peers after the Islamic attacks on September 11, 2001 (aka 9/11). For senior leaders… Read More »