Leader Trends: Do We Accumulate Bad Habits?

By | April 12, 2016

[April 12, 2016]  Yes we do accumulate bad habits and it’s not unusual for senior leaders to be hindered seriously in their job performance directly for this very reason.  I’ve seen it happen many times.  Leaders are particularly susceptible to picking up bad habits because they’ve reached their position through successes that have given them a bit of… Read More »

Turning Kids into Leaders

By | April 11, 2016

[April 11, 2016]  The traditional mission of formal education is to make kids smarter, better citizens, and more successful in life.  Turning kids into leaders, however, is a fairly new attempt to do just that … and more.  Teaching, mentoring, and coaching kids about leadership is beginning to show positive results and that is good for all of… Read More »

Leaders Tainted by Scandal (Part 1)

By | April 9, 2016

[April 9, 2016]  We regularly read about leaders who are involved in some scandal; either from their personal behavior or by association.  Most of those who violate moral, legal, or ethical standards are fired or resign from their jobs but they don’t just disappear.  Leaders tainted by scandal present a special leadership challenge. In a networked-modern society it… Read More »

Hero: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

By | April 8, 2016

[April 8, 2016]  It was once said that “evil prospers when good men do nothing.”  So it was with Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer; recognized for being someone who we can all look up to for courage in the face of certain death.  Today, I’m recognizing Bonhoeffer as a hero to all free peoples and holding him up as someone… Read More »

Mentees: Who Are They?

By | April 7, 2016

[April 7, 2016]  I had a great opportunity last week to meet with several secondary school teachers here in New York City.  Since they knew my background in the military, they were anxious to get my opinion on and support for their NYC Mentorship Program (NYCMP).  The program has some great successes in getting public high school students… Read More »

Who is Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.?

By | April 4, 2016

[April 4, 2016]  I’m a believer that leaders are made, not born, and, I’m a firm believer that the best leaders are made in the crucible of fire.  That fire can be combat or any other high-level emergency or challenge that is overcome.  Leaders who survive it are all the better for the experience.  And so it is… Read More »

Attacks on British Vessels Authorized: 1776

By | April 3, 2016

[April 3, 2016]  After one year in the American War of Independence with Britain, on April 3, 1776, the Continental Congress authorized private commercial ships, known as privateers, to attack British ships.  The war was to last another seven years but one of the best strategic decisions of that Congress was this authorization.  British vessels were harassed throughout… Read More »