How Leaders Listen

By | December 15, 2019

[December 15, 2019]  An old Vietnam War veteran was one of my mentors when I was an Infantry Company Commander.  He was also a great coach.  His favorite topic was teaching his officers how leaders listen.  I was fortunate to have him as a member of my unit. “Listen to many, speak to a few.” – William Shakespeare,… Read More »

Why Do Soldiers Fight?  (Part 2)

By | December 11, 2019

[December 11, 2019]  Yesterday I published an article answering the question, Why do soldiers fight?  See it at this link (here).  It’s an old question but one that helps us peer into the motivations of the men who see combat up-close and personal.  Today, I’ll be providing some interesting and perhaps surprising information on other motivations. “I hold… Read More »

Do Those Things You Fear

By | December 9, 2019

[December 9, 2019]  I’ve had the personal good fortune to speak with military veterans who were in the most desperate, destructive battles of the 20th Century.1  I learned a few things from them that I will pass along today.  The most important lesson they gave me was – do those things you fear. Such advice seems counterproductive.  Why… Read More »

When Baptized in Battle

By | December 8, 2019

[December 8, 2019]  One dominant theme in the study of leadership is to prove oneself worthy of holding the mantle of responsibility.  A successful leader is one who has built a reputation for accountability, trustworthiness, and sound judgment.1  How one does this is subject to debate.  But when a leader is tested in the crucible of fire, there… Read More »

Imprinting Pearl Harbor on our Memory

By | December 7, 2019

[December 7, 2019] Seventy-Eight years ago, at approximately 8 a.m., Imperial Japanese planes appeared over the Hawaiian island of Oahu.  Less than two hours later the surprise attack was over, and the American naval fleet in the Pacific lay in smoking ruins.  U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt declared the next day that this is a “date which will live… Read More »

Pour Yourself a Cup of Ambition

By | December 6, 2019

[December 6, 2019]  Leaders have ambition.  All types of leaders possess this trait; good, bad, or indifferent.  I like to think about ambition like gasoline; it acts as an accelerant.  Gasoline is used in vehicles to make them go, and we benefit, but gasoline can also cause highly destructive fires.  If you are a leader, be prepared to… Read More »