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 »

Sony Pulls Movie: “Team America” Shown

By | December 19, 2014

[December 19, 2014] While it has been a couple of months since my last comment on North Korea, it doesn’t mean I’m short of topics that relate their senior leadership. In fact, we have been informed that Sony Pictures Entertainment pulled the new movie The Interview due to terror threats through the internet, ostensibly by hackers backed by… Read More »

Leaders Allow Us to Fail

By | December 17, 2014

[December 17, 2014] Many years ago as a military unit commander, I was involved in a training exercise that went poorly. My company was to participate in an attack on a simulated enemy position. We failed miserably. We failed so badly that the enemy hardly knew we were there. I felt lower than a snake’s belly. When I… Read More »