Category Archives: Values

Bigotry and Prejudice in Leaders

[February 19, 2018]  A good article by Glenn Ellmers recently focused on the “old ways” of dealing with bigotry and prejudice (link here) .  Before I read it, I thought maybe he was talking about fist fights or something along those lines but he argues that the way we dealt with those problems years ago… Read More »

Olympic Grace Defined

[February 15, 2018]  There is something about watching the Olympic Games that makes us feel more alive, more proud, and perhaps even like a better person.  I have no idea what makes this so but the grace we saw in the performance of the U.S. figure skaters won me over.  U.S. Olympians on the Figure Skating… Read More »

Command Failure and the Little Things

[February 13, 2018]  I learned a valuable lesson in command leadership when I was sent to inspect an army unit that had failed its annual GI inspection.  I often say that leaders can learn valuable lessons from the failure of others and this was a case I would never forget.  The unit commander had decided he would… Read More »

Showing Moral Courage: Cardinal Joseph Zen

[February 12, 2018]  It has been said that the world’s intellectual elites have been attacking Christianity generally and Roman Catholicism specifically for at least a century.  Communist nations led this effort but there is one person who stands up against the state’s efforts and that man is Cardinal Joseph Zen.  Cardinal Zen is well known for… Read More »

War, Politics, the Media, and Leadership

[February 6, 2018]  It has been said many times that war is simply a continuation of politics by other means.  Actually the Prussian theorist Carl von Clausewitz wrote it in his book On War (1832) and is one of the most important treatises on political-military analysis and strategy ever written.  Clausewitz, like so many other theorists… Read More »

Happy New Year 2018

[January 1, 2018] It is common for folks to hail the New Year as a time to look forward to better and greater times. I like this optimism and those with a positive attitude for that is one of the key attributes of good leadership. Leadership, however, is not something to be taken lightly since… Read More »

Who Was Mary Edwards Walker?

[December 30, 2017] My intent here at is to not only discuss the core attributes of leadership but to also provide outstanding examples; those people we can look at to improve our skills and inspire us. Today, I will be recognizing Mary Edwards Walker, born 1832, American abolitionist, prohibitionist, prisoner of war, and surgeon. Mary… Read More »

World War I: a Cover-up 100 Years Ago

[December 10, 2017]  If we were to look for arrogance, hubris, and lack of concern for others, then look no further than what happened at the Battle of the Meuse-Argonne in 1918.  World War I was a gory affair; the battle that began in September that year would become the bloodiest for the new American… Read More »

Who Was Armin T. Wegner?

[December 8, 2017]  In 1784, Robert Burns wrote in a poem1 that “Man’s inhumanity to man causes countless thousands to mourn.”  His inspiration was based on his own poverty in which he lived.  It is poetic, in a sense, that we use his words to describe the horrific genocide perpetrated against the Armenian peoples in… Read More »

North Korea: a Dash to Freedom

[November 27, 2017]  As I watched the video of a North Korean soldier escape into the South, I’m reminded of the East German guard’s “leap to freedom” in 1961.  Both have something in common and that is the desire to flee communism and its dehumanizing effects on its captive citizenry.  Communist North Korea is no… Read More »