Category Archives: Characteristics

The Organizer of Victory!

[May 23, 2020]  Over the next few months, I will be dedicating space in my blog to discuss the leadership characteristics of George C. Marshall.  After George Washington, Marshall is considered the “most respected soldier in American history.”1  Yet, he never commanded troops in battle, the customary path to greatness for a military leader.  So what was it… Read More »

Who was George Low?

[May 20, 2020]  It is impossible to forget the day NASA’s Apollo 11 mission launch occurred.  The day at Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Florida, was bright and sunny on July 16, 1970, and much was riding on the success of the mission.  The man who was key to the success of that launch was George Low, NASA… Read More »

Your Promise is Your New Priority

[May 16, 2020]  “Read my lips; no new taxes.”  In 1988, then-presidential candidate George H.W. Bush made a simple, clear promise that he would not raise taxes on the American people if elected.  Later, he failed to live up to his promise.  His political opponents repeatedly questioned his trustworthiness, and he lost re-election.  When leaders make a promise,… Read More »

Good Leaders Value Criticisms from Subordinates

By | April 27, 2020

[April 27, 2020]  I’ve been around performance reviews long enough to understand they have value.  Written by someone who outranks the person rated, the evaluation has both good and bad points.  But, some evaluations are truly valuable.  Those criticisms from subordinates will frequently contain the starkest surprises and bluntness. As such, feedback from subordinates can knock a leader… Read More »

A Story of Audacity

By | April 21, 2020

[April 21, 2020]  In early spring of 1942, there was little that citizens of Paris cold look forward to during their German occupation.  The Nazi war machine had taken nearly all of Europe, and the “city of lights” was now under the oppressive thumb of the German military.  Shortly after noon on one sunny day, a lone RAF… Read More »