Showing Moral Courage: Tulsi Gabbard

By | January 17, 2019

[January 17, 2019]  Last week, Hawaii Democrat Representative Tulsi Gabbard, penned an op-ed in which she warned: “Elected leaders who weaponize religion are playing a dangerous game.”1  She is showing moral courage because her statements run counter to the anti-religious ideology of the American Democrat Party. “While I absolutely believe in the separation of church and state as… Read More »

A Dog’s Life: a Leader’s Lesson in Compassion

By | January 16, 2019

[January 16, 2019]  The silent movie A Dog’s Life (1918) starring Charlie Chaplin is a short 33-minute comedy about a tramp and his dog.  Written, directed, and filmed during World War I, the need by the American public to witness a display of compassion was a necessary distraction from the horrors of the war. American forces under U.S.… Read More »

Going Off the Reservation

By | January 15, 2019

[January 15, 2019]  For everything we do in life rules govern how we behave, talk, think and accomplish our missions.  Anytime we fail to do so or go off in an unauthorized direction; there are unpredictable but usually negative consequences.  Going off the reservation is how this is often described. In early 2007 while in combat north of… Read More »

Shouldering Responsibility

By | January 14, 2019

[January 14, 2019]  About two decades ago, psychologists hit upon a discovery that stopped them in their tracks.  They had proposed that the more responsibility people possess, the more stress they have and thus less satisfaction in their life.  It turns out, counterintuitive to their way of thinking, that the tough job of shouldering responsibility is directly related… Read More »

Profile: British General W.G.K. Elphinstone

By | January 13, 2019

[January 13, 2019]  The famous leadership expert, John C. Maxwell, once said that “You are the only person who can label what you do a failure. Failure is subjective.”  I’m sure that if Mr. Maxwell had been a part of British General W.G.K. Elphinstone’s army in retreat and its subsequent massacre in the narrow Khyber Pass, Afghanistan, Mr.… Read More »

6 Important Tips for Leadership Writers

By | January 12, 2019

[January 12, 2019]  Leadership writing is at the crux of the digital marketing world. Companies that hire leadership writers on behalf of their business for long landing pages report up to 220% more leads. If you want to utilize your expression and communication skills and become a better writer, use these 6 tips. Implementing them will make you… Read More »

Command Presence

By | January 11, 2019

[January 11, 2019]  You don’t need a chest full of medals, possess a fabulous resume, or have a handsome face to have it.  Command presence is a leader’s projection to everyone present of an advanced form of authority, trust, and respect.  Often described as an allusive quality, command presence is plainly noticeable when you observe someone firmly in… Read More »

Leadership Toolbox: Storytelling

By | January 10, 2019

[January 10, 2019]  Tell a story and people will listen; give them a bunch of facts, and they will run away.  The power of storytelling, especially for an experienced leader, is arguably one of the most effective means to communicate a message. “Storytelling has a narcotic power.” – Robert Harris, a modern English novelist The power of storytelling… Read More »

Race Relations and Observing Failure

By | January 9, 2019

By guest blogger Sadako Red [see disclaimer] [January 9, 2018]  Years ago Dr. Condoleezza Rice said something I never forgot.  She said the “United States of America had made enormous progress in race relations, and it is still the best place on Earth to be a minority.”  She is correct, of course, and I couldn’t have said it… Read More »