Leader Trends: Is Our Sense of Duty Slipping?

By | December 30, 2014

[December 30, 2014]  A powerful debate has been ongoing whether the sense of duty in leaders has been on the decline … or not. Recently I was involved in a lengthy conversation with senior military officers and business leaders on this topic. The common thinking is that our sense of duty is indeed slipping. Our military and business… Read More »

Resilience: Free Range Kids

By | December 29, 2014

[December 29, 2014]  A movement, based on the idea that children should not be protected from everything imaginable, is beginning to make some headway in Canada and the United States. They say overprotective parents are preventing their kids from developing into well-balanced adults. Called Free Range Kids, children are allowed to be more independent, gaining resilience and critical… Read More »

Hero: Sergeant Dan Daly

By | December 28, 2014

[December 28, 2014] As part of the tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of World War I, we are recognizing U.S. Marine Sergeant Dan Daly. Sergeant Daly is notable because he entered WWI already having received the Medal of Honor twice. The bravery of Daly during his military service is awe inspiring and he is a… Read More »

Leaders … Kick the Tires

By | December 26, 2014

[December 26, 2014]  Kick the tires – idiom – meaning “to inspect something to ensure it meets expected standards or has favored characteristics, typically before committing to purchasing or otherwise selecting it.” It no longer means to literally inspect a vehicle’s tires for defects. Effective leaders kick the tires to ensure their organization remains in good working order.… Read More »

Christmas in Iraq

By | December 25, 2014

[December 25, 2014]  In a lonely field near the Baghdad International Airport in December of 2010, I found myself handing out gifts to young Iraqi children. The area was under heavy guard by a variety of Iraqi and U.S. troops but the children were excited beyond comprehension. They knew of a gentleman called “Saint Nick” and his bag… Read More »

Recognizing Our Cultural Traps

By | December 21, 2014

[December 21, 2014] In my many travels throughout the country of Iraq, I talked to many Iraqis from all levels of their society. Most importantly, I listened sympathetically to what they had to say. In their culture they were often very loyal to their tribe, regardless of religious origin. I also understood how much the culture of our… Read More »