Leadership Toolbox: Leader Courses

By | March 29, 2015

[March 29, 2015] Every newly promoted Brigadier General and Rear Admiral attends a Department of Defense leadership course.1 The objectives are many but most important is that the course helps them transition their understanding from operational/tactical to strategic issues. Important items in the leadership toolbox are leader courses that are a proven way to improve success in leaders.… Read More »

Is a Grand Strategy Necessary?

By | March 27, 2015

[March 27, 2015] There are many world leaders that claim the United States has neither a grand strategy for the Middle East nor one for its own national security. Furthermore they claim this has lead to greater instability around the world. Such bold commentary from such high ranking leaders is worthy of a response.1 “Strategy without tactics is… Read More »

Failure of a University Leader

By | March 26, 2015

[March 26, 2015] If one questions senior leaders about how they learned their most valuable lessons in leadership, their answers may surprise you. The most effective lessons are not from good coaching, mentorship, or teaching but comes about from the mistakes made by other senior executives; even a university leader. Such is the case at Cornell University, Ithaca… Read More »

Identifying Strategic Friction Points

By | March 25, 2015

[March 25, 2015] Carl von Clausewitz published an influential book called On War in 1832.  In this work, he introduced the concept of “friction” as a hindrance to the execution of strategy. We have discovered that one of the difficulties associated with senior leadership is being able to accurately identify and surmount strategic friction points. “The good general must… Read More »

Helmets to Hardhats

By | March 22, 2015

[March 22, 2015] Earlier this week I attended a Veterans Job Fair in central New Jersey; hosted by a Rider University. I had the opportunity to speak with nearly 100 vendor representatives. In particular I was impressed by Helmets to Hardhats – an organization dedicated to placing our men and women of the Armed Forces into building and… Read More »

Leadership Attributes of Tomorrow’s Leader

By | March 21, 2015

[March 21, 2015] Attempting to predict the future is a flawed endeavor, at least in the minds of the lesser experienced leaders. Likewise, the required attributes of tomorrow’s leaders is a persistent question asked of our current leaders. What are those traits that will be most needed and which will be discarded? Is that leadership more involved with… Read More »

Don’t Spike the Football

By | March 20, 2015

[March 20, 2015] Shortly after U.S. President Obama gave the “green light” to capture or kill the terrorist Osama Bin Laden – who was subsequently killed – the president used a sports metaphor to explain the decision not to release photos of the body. President Obama said, “We don’t need to spike the football.”1 In other words, since… Read More »