Leadership Toolbox: the Planning Cell

[December 12, 2017]  Good leadership means possessing a well-developed sense of planning ahead.  Not surprisingly it is also recognized in basic leader development that planning is the key to being prepared, good decision-making, and quality of life.  That is why the best leaders have a planning cell in their leadership toolbox. This “planning cell” –… Read More »

Who is the Leader in the Middle East?

[December 11, 2017]  Of course, the answer is that there are many leaders in the Middle East and each with his own brand of Islam and with his own ideas about the Sunni-Shiite divide.  That, however, might be changing.  The Middle East is a complex region with dynamics that confuses Westerners.  One thing we should… Read More »

World War I: a Cover-up 100 Years Ago

[December 10, 2017]  If we were to look for arrogance, hubris, and lack of concern for others, then look no further than what happened at the Battle of the Meuse-Argonne in 1918.  World War I was a gory affair; the battle that began in September that year would become the bloodiest for the new American… Read More »

With Shortcuts, Come Risks

[December 9, 2017]  A few years ago one of the U.S. Army’s best machinegun crews was hurt when their gun blew-up.  Why was it, that the best crew could have made a mistake that caused such a preventable accident?  After an internal investigation (required whenever there are serious injuries) it was determined that the crew… Read More »

Who Was Armin T. Wegner?

[December 8, 2017]  In 1784, Robert Burns wrote in a poem1 that “Man’s inhumanity to man causes countless thousands to mourn.”  His inspiration was based on his own poverty in which he lived.  It is poetic, in a sense, that we use his words to describe the horrific genocide perpetrated against the Armenian peoples in… Read More »

Pearl Harbor Day: It’s also about Winning

[December 7, 2017]  The attack on Pearl Harbor on this date December 7, 1941, by the Imperial Japanese Navy is a day in infamy for many reasons.  But it was also on this date that Americans began to find out about being tough, determined, and knowledgeable about freedom.  In other words, they learned about winning.… Read More »

Recent Stupid Things Leaders Say

[December 6, 2017]  In September last year during the U.S. presidential elections, candidate Hillary Clinton referred to supporters of her opponent Donald Trump as “deplorables.”  Some say that comment helped doom her campaign.  Yet, politicians are not the only ones who say stupid things. For her campaign, it was one of those moments when clear-headed… Read More »

Leaders: Get Out of the Echo Chamber

[December 5, 2017]  The girlfriend of one of my best friends is a hard person to get along with; even on her best days.  She is a hardcore New York Yankees fan and only associates with like-minded baseball enthusiasts and other such devotees.  Every conversation revolves around her team and, of course, they can do… Read More »

Wishful Thinking is Not Leadership

[December 4, 2017]  Like the proverbial genie in the lamp, wishful thinking is at best a feel-good fantasy and at worse a flight of the imagination gone wrong. When I joined the U.S. Army I had the idea that my money problems would go away and I could relax in a stateside barracks with a… Read More »

Hands-off Leadership

[December 3, 2017]  Hands-off leadership, incorrectly referred to as Laissez-Faire leadership, is a topic of intense debate in senior military circles.  Today, I refer to hands-off leaders as those leaders who know what is happening, are not directly involved, trust others to do a good job, but also are who are unwilling to make decisions.… Read More »