Category Archives: Values

Remembering the 9/11 Islamic Attacks on America

[September 11, 2017]  When we speak of past events it should be noted that people remember things differently and attach many levels of meaning and emotion to them.  Like most of us in the United States, things changed for my military peers after the Islamic attacks on September 11, 2001 (aka 9/11). For senior leaders… Read More »

Labor Day 2017:  Relax and Appreciate

[September 4, 2017]  Sit back today, relax, and learn – and appreciate – about what it’s like to be a worker in the United States.  No, this is not a history lesson on the Labor Movement (although that is a good place to start), nor is this about Unions, strikes, injustice, picnics, or grilling hamburgers… Read More »

Volunteers, Core Values, and Hurricane Harvey

[August 31, 2017]  We don’t hear much about American core values anymore and we certainly don’t see them on television, read about them in the news, or have politicians discuss them.  But we do see them in action.  The latest are values shown by volunteers who have come out to help those in the state… Read More »

The Newsies Strike of 1899

[August 10, 2017]  Legends are powerful stories about the past that are circulated, traditionally, by word of mouth.  Having lived in Brooklyn, New York one legend that always fascinated me was about the Newsies strike of 1899 in which newspaper-hawkers, nearly all young boys, refused to sell newspapers because of a hike in the price… Read More »

When Leaders Lie It Will Follow Them Forever

[August 9, 2017]  A good friend of mine (I’ll call her Jane) lied about her minor criminal background on her application to be a U.S. Army officer; this happened many decades ago.  Jane was commissioned a lieutenant, received a secret clearance, performed well, and years later was considered for the rank of Brigadier General.  When… Read More »

Wongo Wongo & Purple Heart United

[August 7, 2017]  The many stories of World War II bring us closer to the veterans of that war and to their families … and so it should be.  One story involves a crewmember of the “Wongo Wongo” which participated in Operation Tidal Wave.  The operation was the costliest mission in U.S. Army Air Force… Read More »

A Last Salute for Our Fallen Brothers

[August 4, 2017]  The evening was pleasant, not just with the weather, but to see so many of those who help make our community better at our local National Night Out here in southern New Jersey.  One prominent group participating was Last Salute – those who provide a last salute to our fallen brothers (and… Read More »

The Most Essential Leader Trait

[August 2, 2017]  I’ve written before, here in that the most important leadership characteristic is “caring” about others (see link here).  While I believe that is true, there are many who make the argument that the most important leader trait is having a good moral foundation. Without a moral foundation, the argument states, there… Read More »