Strategic Lessons from Great Minds (Part 2)

By | April 1, 2020

[April 1, 2020]  I began this three-part series with a simple fact.  To think like a strategic leader is hard.  The problem is that most leaders have never tried to think strategically; those who have tried, failed.  I could easily blame this failure on a lack of education or motivation but that would be misleading.  Strategy can only… Read More »

Strategic Lessons from Great Minds (Part 1)

By | March 31, 2020

[March 31, 2020]  It’s not easy to think like a strategic leader.  To do so is not common.  Strategic thinking is learned, is complex and often counterintuitive, and forces us to move out of the comfort of tactics.  In this three-part series, I’ll be laying out a foundation on strategic lessons from great minds of the past.  Hardly… Read More »

What is Most Contemptible: Cowardice or Treason?

By | March 30, 2020

[March 30, 2020]  I do not write enough about cowardice, nor about treason.  It is my sincere belief that both behaviors demonstrate an inherent, elemental weakness in all humans.  In the religious world, we call these weaknesses by the name “sin.”  And while these transgressions against others are odious, some are worse than others.  My question is, “What… Read More »

Reading List (Update):  on Evil and Good

By | March 29, 2020

[March 29, 2020]  Thunder and rain grace the skies outside my home this morning.  As Spring advances and the Coronavirus pandemic spreads, there is yet little opportunity to speak openly with my friends and neighbors.  The poor weather today can symbolize the darkness of the hearts of people that is addressed by author Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn.  There is… Read More »

The U.S. Civil War:  Union Aims (Part 1)

By | March 27, 2020

[March 27, 2020]  I grew up in the Deep South.  Living in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas with all my family relatives nearby gave me a common understanding of the U.S. Civil War.  But that shared understanding, I later learned, did not agree with mainstream thinking.  One must note that feelings about the Civil War run deep in Southerners,… Read More »

Observations from the Great Self-Isolation [Update]

By | March 25, 2020

[March 25, 2020]  This past week was a turning point in the United States and most of the West.  Finally came the realization that the Coronavirus pandemic is a problem more massive than anyone, except for a few conspiracy theorists, could imagine.  Like last week, I’ll be writing about a few of my observations from the great self-isolation.… Read More »

A Coronavirus Exit Strategy

By | March 24, 2020

[March 24, 2020]  If we were to look back upon the planning for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the one thing missing was an exit strategy.  It was an invaluable lesson learned from our strategic failures and one lesson that is seriously appreciated.  What we need now, during the Coronavirus pandemic, is an exit strategy from the… Read More »