Leadership Toolbox: Leader Courses

[March 29, 2015] Every newly promoted Brigadier General and Rear Admiral attends a Department of Defense leadership course.1 The objectives are many but most important is that the course helps them transition their understanding from operational/tactical to strategic issues. Important items in the leadership toolbox are leader courses that are a proven way to improve… Read More »

Reading List (Update)

[March 27, 2015] While the beginning of Spring finally arrived, it certainly doesn’t mean that the warmer weather gives me any less time to read. Over the Winter I grew more fond of reading the political lessons of players on the world stage. That is why the book today is about what will become one… Read More »

Is a Grand Strategy Necessary?

[March 27, 2015] There are many world leaders that claim the United States has neither a grand strategy for the Middle East nor one for its own national security. Furthermore they claim this has lead to greater instability around the world. Such bold commentary from such high ranking leaders is worthy of a response.1 “Strategy… Read More »

Failure of a University Leader

[March 26, 2015] If one questions senior leaders about how they learned their most valuable lessons in leadership, their answers may surprise you. The most effective lessons are not from good coaching, mentorship, or teaching but comes about from the mistakes made by other senior executives; even a university leader. Such is the case at… Read More »

Identifying Strategic Friction Points

[March 25, 2015] Carl von Clausewitz published an influential book called On War in 1832.  In this work, he introduced the concept of “friction” as a hindrance to the execution of strategy. We have discovered that one of the difficulties associated with senior leadership is being able to accurately identify and surmount strategic friction points. “The… Read More »

The Great Escape: March 24-25, 1943

[March 24, 2015] The second time I ever saw a show in a movie theater was The Great Escape starring Steve McQueen and many other well-known actors. Like many others of my pre-teenage years, it inspired me to be like those brave men. The Great Escape was more than a movie or an event; it… Read More »

Good Habits #9: Continuous Learning

[March 23, 2014] My grandmother – affectionately called big mama – told me many times that, “if you ain’t learning, you ain’t livin.” She valued all types of education and was the first relative to insist I go to college. Continuous learning, she implicitly knew, is one of the many good habits a person needs… Read More »

Helmets to Hardhats

[March 22, 2015] Earlier this week I attended a Veterans Job Fair in central New Jersey; hosted by a Rider University. I had the opportunity to speak with nearly 100 vendor representatives. In particular I was impressed by Helmets to Hardhats – an organization dedicated to placing our men and women of the Armed Forces… Read More »

Leadership Attributes of Tomorrow’s Leader

[March 21, 2015] Attempting to predict the future is a flawed endeavor, at least in the minds of the lesser experienced leaders. Likewise, the required attributes of tomorrow’s leaders is a persistent question asked of our current leaders. What are those traits that will be most needed and which will be discarded? Is that leadership… Read More »

Don’t Spike the Football

[March 20, 2015] Shortly after U.S. President Obama gave the “green light” to capture or kill the terrorist Osama Bin Laden – who was subsequently killed – the president used a sports metaphor to explain the decision not to release photos of the body. President Obama said, “We don’t need to spike the football.”1 In… Read More »