Category Archives: Professional Development

North Korea: Times Up!

[May 30, 2017]  Looking back over the last two centuries, the world has learned several important lessons regarding warfare and its close association to politics.  One of the most fundamental is that appeasement doesn’t work and is deeply counterproductive when used.  So it is with North Korea and the record of appeasement of that country… Read More »

Respect: a Confusing Concept

[May 6, 2017]  On the afternoon of my first day in the U.S. Army I was taught to “salute all Officers” as a sign of respect.  Earlier in the day, I had been told by one of senior sergeants that if we wanted respect, then we would have to earn it.  At the time I… Read More »

Good Leaders Fix Responsibility … by design

[April 30, 2017]  Winston Churchill once said that “the price of greatness is responsibility.”  Of course it is.  Not only do great leaders accept responsibility, they actively seek it out and are nourished by the challenges that a position of accountability and dependability brings. Leadership also means possessing the skills to fix specific responsibilities on… Read More »

Pay Attention to those Who Ask Why

[April 29, 2017]  In 1935, American R.K.O. movie actress Ginger Rogers agreed to help raise awareness for the crimson flower known as the poppy.  Then as now, the red poppy was symbolic of the sacrifices of those who died in World War I.  The Veterans of Foreign Wars discovered that when they pay attention to… Read More »