Name Changes are NOT Enough

By | July 8, 2020

[July 8, 2020]  Guest blogger Laughing Monkey is new to my website.  He is a bit different, as readers will quickly discover.  Like other bloggers, he is a guest and must meet specific criteria, but he is allowed to write to his heart’s content.  Laughing Monkey likes satire, so beware.  He has a sardonic humor that permeates his… Read More »

Who is Robert Woodson?

[July 7, 2020]  A good leader is someone who can show another how to reach their potential.  A great leader helps that person discover their potential for themselves.  That is what Robert Woodson is all about.  Controversial, tough-minded, creative, and patriot; these words describe the man, but who is he? Former civil rights leader Bob Woodson is a… Read More »

You’re a Coward

[July 6, 2020]  There are no words in the English language that is worse than being called a coward.  Growing up in a culture steeped in military customs and populated by veterans, I feared being called a coward or, worse yet, a yellow-bellied snake.  The rhetorical references are explicit; if you are a coward, then there is nothing… Read More »

Work Hard, Play Hard

[July 5, 2020]  I first saw the men of 111th Sapper Company on the outskirts of Baghdad back in late 2003.  What these Soldiers did was hard work.  They had just returned from a grueling mission of finding and destroying roadside bombs and were getting their baseballs and gloves out for another fun game.  Their commander, a red-haired… Read More »

The 4th of July & Practical Patriotism

[July 4, 2020]  I’m a patriot.  I’m loyal to our Nation.  And I make no apologies for it.  Period.  On this 4th of July, I plan to salute America as I recognize the birth date of the country.  To be a real patriot, you have to also know about the Declaration of Independence itself. The Declaration of Independence… Read More »

10 Rules for Success: Morgan Freedman

[July 3, 2020]  Morgan Freedman is a famous American actor, producer, businessman, and activist.  His success as an actor is renowned throughout the world.  I like him because he has a view of the world that is similar to what I write about in this leadership blog. Morgan Freedman has something many in Hollywood do not have.  He… Read More »

Commander for a Day

[July 2, 2020]  It’s familiar practice for senior military leaders to provide a day for junior enlisted men or women to step into the Commanders’ role.  Being “Commander for a Day” is an opportunity to open one’s eyes to leadership responsibilities, hard work, and effort necessary to shoulder such a position.1  It also allows a Commander to walk… Read More »

Honest Conversations

By | June 30, 2020

[June 30, 2020]  There is a weakness in U.S. military leaders and their peers in the civilian sector.  For the past few decades there is a problem and it is not getting better.  The flaw is not apparent but the fix is easy.  When senior leaders have honest conversations with those that work for them their leadership effectiveness… Read More »

The Untold Story of Dying Institutions

By | June 29, 2020

[June 29, 2020]  If you’re a pessimist, you might like this story.  This is the untold story of dying institutions across the world.  Institutions like marriage, education, comedy, politics, religion, and the economy are taking it on the chin.  They are being hard hit but are necessary to ensure that a society properly functions.  They are the backbone… Read More »