The Rise of Narcissism

By | August 12, 2014

[August 12, 2014] In 2006 a senior U.S. Army officer had his Bronze Star medal revoked; it had been awarded for exception service in combat. I had the sad duty to write the justification to remove this award because of the officer’s highly toxic command climate during this combat tour. This was well before the subject of command… Read More »

The Watts Race Riots: 1965

By | August 12, 2014

[August 12, 2014] Los Angeles, California nearly 50 years ago experienced one of the worse riots in American history. The Watts Race Riots took place August 11 to 17, 1965 and involved massive racially-fueled violence. Many have studied the riots and a number of lessons for city government have come from that effort. There is usually an “inciting… Read More »

Profile: Pope John Paul II

By | August 11, 2014

[August 11, 2014] There are many who believe that Pope John Paul II will be remembered as one of the most effective Popes and most understanding of people in the last century.  Known as Saint John Paul the Great, he was Pope of the Catholic Church from 1978 until his death in 2005. One of the most famous… Read More »

Never Underestimate the Competition

By | August 10, 2014

[August 10, 2014] An old military axiom is to “never underestimate your enemy”. The British underestimated General Washington and in 1777 the Brits lost the Battle of Princeton when they thought Washington had been defeated and was fleeing. The British General Cornwallis said, “We’ve got the old fox safe now. We’ll go over and bag him in the… Read More »

Take Credit for Your Decisions

By | August 8, 2014

[August 08, 2014] A few years ago I lived in a town that took advantage of the law. The law allowed city governments to charge cable companies for operating in their jurisdiction. Most communities do this today. It’s a subtle way of obtaining additional revenue without directly taxing citizens. Unexpectedly, the cable companies put a line-item on their… Read More »

Reading List (Update)

By | August 8, 2014

[August 08, 2014] A good friend and military veteran passed along a book reference he thought I might like. Most of the books on senior leaders I’ve read or at least heard about but this one somehow got pass me. The book by Edgar Puryear is about four famous generals: Eisenhower, Bradley, Marshall, and Patton. I have not… Read More »

Reinforce Success

By | August 7, 2014

[August 07, 2014] My old drill sergeant was right. I dislike admitting that he could give advice on military tactics that I could agree. I was not particular fond of him since he brought a bit too much terror into my life as a basic trainee. He had seven Infantry combat tours in Vietnam, a very rare and… Read More »