The 4th of July & Practical Patriotism

[July 4, 2020]  I’m a patriot.  I’m loyal to our Nation.  And I make no apologies for it.  Period.  On this 4th of July, I plan to salute America as I recognize the birth date of the country.  To be a real patriot, you have to also know about the Declaration of Independence itself. The Declaration of Independence… Read More »

10 Rules for Success: Morgan Freedman

[July 3, 2020]  Morgan Freedman is a famous American actor, producer, businessman, and activist.  His success as an actor is renowned throughout the world.  I like him because he has a view of the world that is similar to what I write about in this leadership blog. Morgan Freedman has something many in Hollywood do not have.  He… Read More »

Commander for a Day

[July 2, 2020]  It’s familiar practice for senior military leaders to provide a day for junior enlisted men or women to step into the Commanders’ role.  Being “Commander for a Day” is an opportunity to open one’s eyes to leadership responsibilities, hard work, and effort necessary to shoulder such a position.1  It also allows a Commander to walk… Read More »

Honest Conversations

By | June 30, 2020

[June 30, 2020]  There is a weakness in U.S. military leaders and their peers in the civilian sector.  For the past few decades there is a problem and it is not getting better.  The flaw is not apparent but the fix is easy.  When senior leaders have honest conversations with those that work for them their leadership effectiveness… Read More »

The Untold Story of Dying Institutions

By | June 29, 2020

[June 29, 2020]  If you’re a pessimist, you might like this story.  This is the untold story of dying institutions across the world.  Institutions like marriage, education, comedy, politics, religion, and the economy are taking it on the chin.  They are being hard hit but are necessary to ensure that a society properly functions.  They are the backbone… Read More »

Who was Henry Benning?

By | June 28, 2020

[June 28, 2020]  I’ve been to the U.S. Army Fort Benning, Georgia, many times, receiving training, giving lectures and speeches, and attending a variety of schools.  Like many Infantry officers before me, I gave no thought to who the fort was named after or why.  But who was Henry Benning?1  Henry Benning, the fort’s namesake, was a Brigadier… Read More »

Why Conflicting Messages Exist

By | June 26, 2020

[June 26, 2020]  Past U.S. President Ronald Reagan is known as the “great communicator.”  Like Reagan, all leaders want to clearly and accurately communicate their thinking through speech or the written word.  That does not, however, always work out as intended.  Conflicting messages are common, and I will address five important reasons here. There is no consistent and… Read More »

A Comment on Leader Routines

By | June 25, 2020

[June 25, 2020]  Leader routines can be a handy way to strengthen job efficiency and effectiveness.  We all know that.  Today, I will comment on leader routines and how they differ from the average person. Routines provide structure, predictability, and stability.  It reduces the chaos in our lives and is also true for leaders.  The problem with leaders,… Read More »