What Leaders Do on Thanksgiving Day

[November 23, 2017]  In the early days of my military career, I thought it important to copy the behavior and speech of those known to be the very best leaders.  It came naturally, it seemed to me at the time, to find out what those leaders did when they were not “working” – for example,… Read More »

Learning … Feelings, Desires, and Wants

[November 22, 2017]  It was many years ago that the group of 200 young Lieutenants were standing rigidly at the position of attention.  In front of them was a battle-hardened senior officer giving them advice on how to succeed at all U.S. Army schools.  The first piece of advice was that any feelings, desires, and… Read More »

Leader Trends: Do We Encourage Overreacting?

[November 21, 2017]  As an army Platoon Leader, I had a lazy commander who did almost nothing to train or motivate his unit’s soldiers (mentioned many times here).  But the untold story was when his replacement came in to “take names, clean house, and kick people to the curb.”  Or so he said.  This new… Read More »

Reading List (Update): A Story of Survival

[November 20, 2017]  The English philosopher John Locke once said that “education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company, and reflection must finish him.”  He was referring to the importance of learning how to be a productive citizen and sets forth the ingredients to do so.  Everyone I know will attest, firsthand, that reading good… Read More »

Showing Moral Courage: Maureen O’Hara

[November 19, 2017]  Scandal is Hollywood is not new; everyone knew about the sexual harassment and exploitation that occurred there.  It was no secret.  Now we find out from pianist James Rhodes, through a twitter post, that actress Maureen O’Hara called out this Hollywood sexism 72 years ago (see newspaper article).1  The Internet is alive… Read More »

3 Leadership Approaches that will Lead to Faster Success

By guest blogger Laura Buckler [see Biography] [November 18, 2017]  You want success and you want it now! If you haven’t gotten to where you want to be yet, chances are that you will have to modify your leadership approach. There isn’t a universal approach when it comes to being successful in business and entrepreneurship.… Read More »

3 Reasons Why Failure Will Strengthen Your Leadership Skills

By guest blogger Brenda Savoie [see Biography] [November 18, 2017]  Success is overrated. Few people understand that in order to succeed, you need to fail first. Whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger, so why would anybody see struggles as a bad thing? Failing means you learned something that adds to your personal improvement. Yes,… Read More »

Preparing One’s Self for Combat (in War)

[November 17, 2017]  Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Ia Drang (Vietnam) which pitted elements of the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division against regular North Vietnam troops in a bloody battle.  The unit’s commander, Hal Moore, and the only journalist at the battle, Joe Galloway, wrote the book We Were Soldiers Once … and… Read More »

Clearing the Spindle: Morality

[November 16, 2017]  A couple of months ago I started a new blog thread because I simply could not write about all the topics of leadership I wanted.  This clearing the spindle1 post today focuses on morality and our failures to live up to rudimentary social values. U.S. military personnel and veterans across the world… Read More »

Getting Ahead of the Facts

[November 15, 2017]  The passion surrounding talk over racism is hard to dismiss.  Every leader, especially politicians, seemed to be caught up in the spirit of the times and are beating their chests with indignation and lecturing us about race.  One thing, however, that the U.S. military warns its senior officers about is the downfall… Read More »