Category Archives: Leadership

Taking the Guidon

By | March 11, 2021

[March 11, 2021]  Guys my age grew up on old Western movies.  The plots were usually the same; a wagon train headed West gets attacked by Indians, and the U.S. Army Cavalry comes to the rescue.  There was plenty of action as the cavalry chases off the attackers.  Always present with the troopers was the red and white… Read More »

Leader Advice: Keep a Bullet in the Chamber

By | March 10, 2021

[March 10, 2021]  “When you’re about to go into combat, you do what you gotta do.  Expect the unexpected and ready yourself.”  Sitting on Jonny Hancock’s porch sipping whiskey and smoking cigars, we had a conversation like no other.  Jonny was giving me some leadership advice, ‘keep a bullet in the chamber [of your rifle],’ he said.  In… Read More »

Leadership Landmines

By | March 7, 2021

[March 7, 2021]  Leadership is about finding the right path and keeping to it.  But, leaders are still prone to step on landmines that symbolically blow up along their way.  Despite a successful career, how could it be that so many leaders slip and fall anyway? I’ve stepped on these same leadership landmines, and so have many of… Read More »

Lick ’em Tomorrow

By | March 3, 2021

[March 3, 2021]  After the first day of the Battle of Shiloh of the American Civil War, 6 April 1862, sometime after midnight, then Union Brigadier General William T. Sherman came upon then Major General Ulysses S. Grant was standing under a tree.  Sherman remarked, “Well, Grant, we’ve had the devil’s own day, haven’t we?” Grant looked up.… Read More »