Category Archives: Information

Teaching of Virtue

By | January 2, 2020

[January 2, 2020]  “It’s more than checking the box.”  And so it began, my cohort of new general officers was beginning their journey of senior leadership with a fundamental truth.  Only by learning to be courageous can we truly be genuine leaders of those on the battlefield.  It is, therefore, our sacred duty to be involved in the… 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, Fairy Tales, and Dragons

By | December 19, 2019

[December 19, 2019]  Fairy tales from ancient times often depict dragons as purveyors of violence and evil.  These dragons are metaphors about our lives where people struggle for their existence and the hardships they endure.  In these stories, an influential leader (often a King, prince, or knight) will slay the dragon; else great destruction will descend upon the… Read More »

Where’s My Stuff?

By | December 16, 2019

[December 16, 2019]  There’s an old saying in the military that logistics is the ball and chain of armored warfare.  We’ve all been there.  Regardless of who we are, what responsibilities we bear, what we desire and need, there never seems to be enough “stuff” to do our jobs. Every other month, I look forward to receiving my… Read More »

How Leaders Listen

By | December 15, 2019

[December 15, 2019]  An old Vietnam War veteran was one of my mentors when I was an Infantry Company Commander.  He was also a great coach.  His favorite topic was teaching his officers how leaders listen.  I was fortunate to have him as a member of my unit. “Listen to many, speak to a few.” – William Shakespeare,… Read More »