Category Archives: Information

No Soldier Left Behind

By | December 15, 2013

[December 15, 2013]  Many military veterans are often asked about combat.  With our small military, the American public has little connection to them anymore and consequently most obtain their information from movies like “Black Hawk Down.”  One question (perhaps more of a concern) is asked about military personnel left on the battlefield.  For some reason there is some… Read More »

Loyal Dissent

By | December 13, 2013

[December 13, 2013]  There comes a time in every leader’s career when one must face the prospect that one’s boss has acted out of bounds on some behavior or decision.  As a subordinate, it is our obligation to present a dissenting view of what should take place but do so in a manner that adheres to allegiance to… Read More »

Timely Decision Making

By | December 12, 2013

[December 12, 2013]  Making timely decisions is the hallmark of a good leader.  And, the ability to come to grips with the fact that leaders make decisions and do so in a way that benefits the group should be ingrained in all of us. “Be willing to make decisions.  That’s the most important quality in a good leader.” … Read More »

Leaders Create Structure

By | December 10, 2013

[December 10, 2013]  One of the more interesting things about people is that we love structure in our lives.  From having that cup of coffee in the morning to watching our favorite television show – humans crave structure and predictability.  Leaders who help create structure in the lives of their employees will be more successful leaders.  It is… Read More »

The Broken Window Theory and Leadership

By | December 9, 2013

[December 09, 2013]  The idea of this theory is that by paying attention to and correcting small problems, many bigger problems will be prevented.  Specifically, if small problems are not dealt with in a determined and timely manner, more serious problems will be tolerated and grow.  The “broken window theory” was an idea first put forth by criminologists1. … Read More »

Government Politics and Business

By | December 8, 2013

[December 08, 2013]  The relationship between government politics, politicians, and political parties on one hand, and other non-political organizations on the other, is fraught with a number of minefields.  Today there are enormous risks, perhaps unnecessary risks, to those organizations that establish a visible relationship with one side of the political spectrum. All leaders, senior leaders in particular,… Read More »

North Korea – Senior Leadership

By | December 1, 2013

[December 01, 2013]  One of the many interesting phenomenon of studying senior leadership is that while we see patterns of greatness, we also see unique individual and cultural differences in those leaders.  Over the past week, there has been news coming out of North Korea that they have arrested a retired U.S. citizen and Korea War veteran who… Read More »

The Bias Against Achievement

By | November 30, 2013

[November 30, 2013]  One would logically expect that in a nation that values and rewards achievement, that any bias regarding success would be in favor of the characteristic.  In reality there exists, in many cultures, a bias against achievement.  Senior leaders should make themselves aware of this peculiar social phenomenon. Everyone has experienced the classroom show-off, whose interaction… Read More »

What Leaders Don’t Say …

By | November 25, 2013

[November 25, 2013]  On January 12, 1950, Secretary of State Dean Acheson gave a speech in which he explained America’s Asian Policy, specifically saying that certain countries (e.g., Japan, Philippines) were inside the United States’ protective sphere.  South Korea1 was not mentioned in his speech and five months later, North Korea2 invaded. Acheson was severely criticized for giving… Read More »