Stuck in Atlanta Airport

By | January 30, 2014

[January 30, 2014 – Thursday]  I’m writing this from the Atlanta airport this morning, being delayed along with thousands of others since yesterday.  For those who have been out of the last 48-hour news cycle, the city of Atlanta and much of the southeast was in gridlock after two inches of snow and ice hit mid-day Tuesday. Both… Read More »

President Lincoln’s Christmas Gift

By | December 24, 2019

[December 24, 2019]  The day before Christmas 1864, on this date, Union General William T. Sherman presented the city of Savannah, Georgia, to U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.  Sherman captured the city after his famous March to the Sea from Atlanta.  Savannah was the last major seaport that remained open to the Confederates.1 Intellectually, General Sherman was not just… Read More »

Leadership: the Medal of Honor

By | July 12, 2018

[July 12, 2018]  French statesman and military leader Napoléon Bonaparte once famously wrote, “Give me enough medals and I’ll win you any war.”  It’s a line of thought that tells us first about how leadership rests on the principle of knowing how people act emotionally and second, to capitalize on it.  On this date, July 12th in 1862,… Read More »

Exaggerating the Truth: A Leader’s Folly

By | October 1, 2016

[October 1, 2016]  My wife and I were watching the most recent U.S. presidential debates the other night and she kept asking, rhetorically, why both candidates were exaggerating the truth.  Padded resumes, overstated professional credentials, misrepresentation of their career, etc. are unexpectedly common among people of all walks of life.  But … for the senior leader, it’s folly… Read More »

Core Values: Starbucks

By | September 25, 2015

[September 25, 2015]  George, a good friend of mine from our past army days, used to tell me often that, “I never drink good coffee because I might like it and then have to pay for it.”  You see, in U.S. Army dining facilities and in our offices, coffee is most often found hot and free.  Later, after… Read More »

Say Yes to the Dress

By | July 17, 2014

[July 17, 2014] Can leaders learn from reality television? Earlier this year I proposed that, yes, we can learn from television and from movies … but there are some serious limitations of course. One reality show called “Say Yes to the Dress” is what the name implies. Women are looking for a unique dress to wear on a… Read More »

Core Values: Chick-fil-A

By | March 5, 2014

[March 05, 2014]  They say that snowstorm in the southern states is as rare as unsweetened tea at a church supper.  But that is what happened at the end of January (see Stuck in Atlanta Airport).  In Birmingham Alabama during this same storm, many motorists were stuck for hours on Highway 280.  To the surprise of all, a… Read More »

Reading List (Update)

By | February 3, 2014

[February 03, 2014]  The book by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was exceptional but it took a while for me to read (600 pages).  This put me a little behind in making recommendations. Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance by Tony Dungy and Nathan Whitaker (2011) Returning from a deployment in Iraq in 2011, I ran across this… Read More »