Reading List (Update): On Strategy

By | December 16, 2018

[December 16, 2018]  Joining my local library and getting one of those scannable electronic tags has provided my wife and I another level of entertainment and learning.  As I noted last month, I picked up The Odyssey of Echo Company by Doug Stanton and enjoyed it so much I put it on my Reading List (link here).  A… Read More »

10 Things Successful People Do Before 9 a.m.

By | December 15, 2018

[December 15, 2018]  Does early bird really get the worm? According to research, that’s true: “People whose performance peaks in the morning are better positioned for career success because they’re more proactive than people who are at their best in the evening.” That’s a secret of many successful people. Before they go to work, they’ve been active and… Read More »

What is the Meaning of the word ‘Good’?

By | December 14, 2018

[December 14, 2018]  I watched in amazement as a sitting U.S. president attempted to lie craftily.  Bill Clinton, charismatic and good-old-boy, was trying hard to justify why he wasn’t lying when he said: “There is nothing going on between us [referring to sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky].” Before a federal grand jury, he famously said, “It depends upon… Read More »

Leader Trends: Are we too Sensitive?

By | December 13, 2018

[December 13, 2018]  For anyone not living under a rock, you certainly will agree that many folks today are just too sensitive.  As I see it, the problem is that leaders are, as well, too sensitive.  We are quick to be insulted; believing others have disrespected, snubbed, or neglected us.   And this leader trend is worsening compared to… Read More »

When the Grass is Cut, the Snakes will Show

By | December 12, 2018

[December 12, 2018]  Back in 2007, I was putting together a large military construction effort and working closely with a senior Colonel from the Australian Army.  One day we were talking about how military construction project secrets so quickly reached the newspapers.  In his typical Aussie approach he told me that when the grass is cut, the snakes… Read More »

Buffalo Soldiers Hanged after Riot

By | December 11, 2018

[December 11, 2018]  On this date, December 11, 1917, thirteen Buffalo Soldiers of the 24th U.S. Infantry Regiment were hanged for participation in a Houston, Texas riot, mutiny, and murder spree.  There are lessons here for leaders and for also a lesson for those who are now attempting to have these men pardoned on the grounds that their… Read More »

Who is a True Leader?

By | December 10, 2018

[December 10, 2018]  There’s an old piece of leadership advice – one that I’m unsure the origin – that goes something like this; true leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.  Good advice.  A mentor of mine told me that only one thing determines whether or not you’re a true leader; the opinion of those folks you’re… Read More »

Why are Good Leaders avoiding American Colleges?

By | December 9, 2018

[December 9, 2018]  There will always be unintended consequences in what we do; even in the most righteous and just behaviors.  American colleges and universities have taken great strides over the past few decades to be welcoming and committed to justice for all.  Yet, in their zeal to correct wrongs, they themselves have deviated from their traditional mission… Read More »

Pearl Harbor: Lessons from the Attack

By | December 7, 2018

[December 7, 2018]  There will be times when even the most successful will suffer from significant setbacks but only from those harsh lessons can great success truly emerge.  And so it was on this date, December 7, 1941, that the United States suffered greatly from the destructive attack on its naval base at Pearl Harbor.1 “It’s fine to… Read More »