Category Archives: Leadership

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 »

In the Pursuit of Prestige

By | December 18, 2019

[December 18, 2019]  There are a small number of social institutions in America that are a success story.  Higher education and the U.S. military dominate the upper rungs of the prestige ladder.  Both employ large numbers of people across an array of communities.  Within these institutions, we see the pursuit of prestige by many of the leaders that… Read More »

At War with the Truth

By | December 17, 2019

[December 17, 2019]  Recent evidence from the War in Afghanistan points to a deliberate, concerted effort by senior leaders in the U.S. Government to lie about the war’s progress. In a recent new article titled “At War with the Truth” by Craig Whitlock,1 a Washington Post reporter, wrote that “U.S. officials constantly said they were making progress.  They… 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 »

Why Do Soldiers Fight?  (Part 2)

By | December 11, 2019

[December 11, 2019]  Yesterday I published an article answering the question, Why do soldiers fight?  See it at this link (here).  It’s an old question but one that helps us peer into the motivations of the men who see combat up-close and personal.  Today, I’ll be providing some interesting and perhaps surprising information on other motivations. “I hold… Read More »