Leadership and Rally Sports

By | August 12, 2019

[August 12, 2019] In the early 1970s, I took my turn to compete in several motorsport races that took place on rarely-traveled public roads in West Texas. The favored name at the time was Rally Sports.1 These were grueling races that tested the limits of the automobile and the driver because of long distances, varying terrain, and non-stop… Read More »

Courage, there Ain’t Enough of It

By | August 10, 2019

By guest blogger Sadako Red [see disclaimer] [August 10, 2019] I was sitting on the sand of my favorite beach in Ocean City, Maryland (the home of artistic Xpression, the boardwalk, and sundaes in the park) when I overheard several of my sand-buddy neighbors arguing over what to do about “white supremacy.” Now, if you’re going to make… Read More »

Leadership Lessons from Cats

By | August 9, 2019

[August 9, 2019] Today is Friday, so I thought that I might deviate a little from my traditional articles on leadership and provide a few humorous points about cat ownership and how they can provide some leadership lessons.1 Yes, it’s true, you can learn from a cat. I readily admit that I don’t own a cat, but my… Read More »

Some Comments on Recent Mass Shootings

By | August 7, 2019

[August 7, 2019] Several readers wrote to me and asked if I would give some leadership points on the recent mass shootings.1 This article is designed to provide some of my thinking but with some input by others. These twin tragedies do allow leaders to show their “stuff” by doing those things within their authority to make a… Read More »

Betrayal: an Undesirable Quality

By | August 6, 2019

[August 6, 2019] For several years, my interest in the fundamental nature of leadership has only strengthened and reinforced by reading the 2011 book Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow.1 What stood out for me was the discussion of Benedict Arnold and his betrayal of the United States when he joined the British cause in the American Revolution.… Read More »

Leadership: Fire in the Hole

By | August 5, 2019

[August 5, 2019] Sergeant José Hernandez, part of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Division, yelled to his teammates that he was about to blow up a large cache of 155mm artillery rounds found hidden by Iraqi insurgents. It was early August 2003, and the main ground war was over, but the fighting has just begun. Fire in the Hole,… Read More »

Leaders: Please Don’t Waste my Time

By | August 3, 2019

[August 3, 2019] Several of my peers, U.S. Infantry Commanders, were sitting in a Fort Benning, Georgia lecture hall to hear secret information on recent Soviet main battle tank improvements. The speaker, a full Colonel of Intelligence, was over 45 minutes late and when he showed, he fumbled his notes and joked about the traffic in our sleepy… Read More »