Category Archives: Information

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 »

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 »

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 »

Exaggerating Your Background or Résumé

[December 2, 2017]  As a 5-year old child I told a fib about a large catfish I’d caught in a nearby pond but somehow my grandmother, a great lady, knew I was exaggerating.  As a child, I could get away with a little padding of my fishing résumé but as an adult, the effect can… Read More »

Will Iraq Finally “Destroy” ISIS?

[November 29, 2017]  A year and a half ago I wrote that most Western countries had taken their “eyes” off Iraq and their fight against the ISIS terror group.1  Today, the Iraqi military is about to crush the remaining strongholds of ISIS yet not much has changed in either the news coverage (very little) or… Read More »

Spending Effort Unlearning

[November 28, 2017]  The Greek philosopher Antisthenes once said: “The most useful piece of learning … is to unlearn what is untrue.”  As a new trend, many educators have jumped on the unlearning bandwagon and also began simultaneously misleading us regarding what it is and the merits on which it is based. “Unlearning is the… Read More »

Advice: a Positive Attitude, Respect, and Humility

[November 24, 2017]  I regularly get calls from young military veterans who have a new job in the civilian world and want some simple advice on how to be successful.  My recommendation is straightforward; have a positive attitude, treat everyone with respect, and maintain your humility. “Virtually nothing is impossible in this world if you… 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 »