Stealing Good Ideas

[May 24, 2020]  An Army Colonel once told me that his path to success had a lot to do with him stealing good ideas from others.  Initially, I was shocked.  But I realized that we all steal ideas all the time; we call this learning.  We take the ideas of others, make them our own, and integrate them… Read More »

The Organizer of Victory!

[May 23, 2020]  Over the next few months, I will be dedicating space in my blog to discuss the leadership characteristics of George C. Marshall.  After George Washington, Marshall is considered the “most respected soldier in American history.”1  Yet, he never commanded troops in battle, the customary path to greatness for a military leader.  So what was it… Read More »

Reconnaissance by Fire

[May 22, 2020]  There are times in our lives when we are trying something new and innovative that the old methods simply don’t work.  In the military, when we are on the attack, one method of flushing out the enemy to force him into unexpected actions is reconnaissance by fire.  Such a risky technique is what we’ve all… Read More »

Who was George Low?

[May 20, 2020]  It is impossible to forget the day NASA’s Apollo 11 mission launch occurred.  The day at Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Florida, was bright and sunny on July 16, 1970, and much was riding on the success of the mission.  The man who was key to the success of that launch was George Low, NASA… Read More »

Some Observations on the COVID-19 Pandemic

[May 17, 2020]  The seriousness of the current COVID-19 pandemic cannot be overlooked.  However, there is a small but building counter-argument that the lockdowns established and enforced by state and local governments may have been an overreach.  Today, I’ll be listing a few observations on the pandemic that are trending from medical, political, and legal organizations. “The most… Read More »

Your Promise is Your New Priority

[May 16, 2020]  “Read my lips; no new taxes.”  In 1988, then-presidential candidate George H.W. Bush made a simple, clear promise that he would not raise taxes on the American people if elected.  Later, he failed to live up to his promise.  His political opponents repeatedly questioned his trustworthiness, and he lost re-election.  When leaders make a promise,… Read More »