Category Archives: Leadership

Profile: Augustus

By | May 23, 2014

[May 23, 2014] The greatest of leaders around the world, all appear to have been successful in both military and government affairs. We can find examples anywhere, especially in the most economically successful nations. Regardless of how far back we look into written history, this trend is rather robust. Today, I will profile one of the better known… Read More »

Characteristic #61: Understanding Complex Situations

By | May 22, 2014

[May 22, 2014] During the 1980s, the nuclear arms race between the United States and the USSR was frightening, complex, and potentially deadly for millions of people. The stakes were high, the issues multifaceted, and solutions were hard to come by. Ultimately, the U.S. President and USSR leaders agreed to put some controls on nuclear weapon development. U.S.… Read More »

Military Veterans: Combat to College (Update)

By | May 21, 2014

[May 21, 2014] I spoke today to a group of military veterans and college staff about why so many military members fail at making a successful transition from active duty to the college environment. I’ve also written about this transition (see link here). In the past I proposed three key ingredients for a successful transition. Passion – the… Read More »

The Right Degree of Autonomy

By | May 19, 2014

[May 19, 2014] As an Infantry Company Commander many years ago, I received an evaluation that said despite being a successful company, my unit was micromanaged. The criticism I took to heart. Frankly, I was wearing myself out mentally. After meeting with my First Sergeant (the most senior enlisted person), we agreed to give more autonomy to the… Read More »

Core Values: USO

By | May 18, 2014

[May 18, 2014] Before I deployed to combat, I never really gave much thought about the USO. Sure, I saw old newsreels of Bob Hope, Betty Hutton, and many other famous entertainers doing shows for the troops from World War 2 to Vietnam, but I never really understood or appreciated their real value. The United Service Organizations Inc.… Read More »