Leader Lessons from the Waco Siege

By | February 28, 2018

[February 28, 2018]  Twenty-five years ago today, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) began a siege to the Branch Davidian religious compound outside Waco, Texas.  After seven weeks the siege ended with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) storming the compound, resulting in the deaths of 80 men, women, children of the religious group and… Read More »

Iwo Jima: Uncommon Valor was Common

By | February 26, 2018

[February 26, 2018]  The battle that took place on the Japanese-held island of Iwo Jima during World War II was one of the fiercest of the Twentieth Century.  Strategically, this tiny island was a key part of the Allied strategy to taking the war to the Japanese homeland and ending the war. U.S. Admiral Chester Nimitz said at… Read More »

Why the City of Baltimore is Failing

By | February 24, 2018

By guest blogger Sadako Red [see disclaimer] [January 24, 2018]  Alas, the City of Baltimore (my beloved town where I was born, raised, & still have family) is on a cultural slide toward failure of a magnitude not seen since towns ceased to exist in the Great Depression.  Robberies, murder, rape, and a slew of crimes are on… Read More »

Leadership Toolbox: the SWOT Analysis

By | February 23, 2018

[February 23, 2018]  Yesterday I ran across some of my notebooks from combat tours in Iraq.  As an army engineer, those were laced with a military analytical framework that helped us overcome the complexity of construction in a combat zone.  Based on the more well-known SWOT analysis, we planned, developed, built, and maintained more work than engineers had… Read More »

Good Habits #36: Be Accountable

By | February 20, 2018

[February 20, 2018]  U.S. President Harry S Truman had a sign on his desk that was there to show he personally accepted responsibility for the way the country was run.  The sign read, “The buck stops here.”  Good habits by leaders start at accepting responsibility for their actions and the best leaders do this daily. Leaders don’t try… Read More »

Back to Twitter

By | February 19, 2018

[February 19, 2018]  Yesterday, I created a new Twitter account that is linked to this blog.  See the Twitter icon (the first of four) in the upper right corner of this webpage. I want this account to tell the story about successful people and how they got there.  Please “follow” me. Comments, especially feedback, are very welcome. [Don’t… Read More »