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 »

Put Your Heart Into It

By | May 23, 2014

By guest blogger Jonathan Silvestri [May 23, 2014] In his guest article today, Jonathan Silvestri discusses the importance of putting “your heart into it.” In other words, he is saying that passion plays a critical role in our lives and what we do and as such we should recognize that it is what makes sports, which is a… Read More »

Those Pesky Website Errors

By | May 22, 2014

[May 22, 2014] They always seem to hit at the most inopportune time. For regular readers of theLeaderMaker.com you saw my site go off-line for about 2 hours this afternoon. My apologies for any inconveniences experienced. This is the first time in since I began my site late last year. Not a bad record actually. Of course, it… Read More »

College Commencement Speakers

By | May 22, 2014

[May 22, 2014] The most forgotten speeches ever heard are from college commencement speakers. Whether it is from the alcohol hangover from the night before, the cell phone texting, or just the fun of being with your friends and doing something important, those speeches never seem to do us any good. Many are, however, full of very useful… 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 »