Political Investigation of Leaders (Update)

By | May 15, 2014

[May 15, 2014] I received a number of comments via email that expressed support for my observation that “investigations” are being used as a political tool to target leaders who are aggressive and controversial. Not that those leaders are conducting themselves unethically, illegally, or immorally (see link here), which is often the opposite of the truth. Apparently these… Read More »

Reading List (Update)

By | May 14, 2014

[May 14, 2014] Only one book on my recommended reading list today but one that I received as a gift and am eternally grateful to my son who gave it to me for this past Christmas. Just turning the pages to see the grand works is a pleasure in itself. Both artistically and historically, this book is exceptional.… Read More »

Having a Back-up Plan

By | May 14, 2014

[May 14, 2014] The Boy Scout motto is “be prepared.” The individual scout, as part of their leader training, is taught to be in a constant state of readiness. Combat-proven leaders and the most successful tactical leaders know that the original plan never survives contact with the enemy, so best be ready with an alternative to accomplish the… Read More »

A Dozen Quotes on Leadership

By | May 13, 2014

[May 13, 2014] My son asked me the other day to give him a list of a few leadership quotes that were practical for him to use as he starts his career – something that “helps people think about leadership in everyday life.” Please connect any time to see more at www.theleadermaker.com. The easy part was getting the… Read More »

North Korea – a Successful U.S. Strategy

By | May 13, 2014

[May 13, 2014] North Korea is a socialist country that is impressive in its ability to remain a viable nation for so long, despite its self-inflicted problems. Recently, the senior leadership of the country insulted just about everyone outside the socialist dictatorship run by Kim Jong Un and his military. See my comments here and here for a… Read More »

Off Topic: American Pickers

By | May 12, 2014

[May 12, 2014] While I do not watch much television, especially reality shows, I do watch occasionally one called the American Pickers. The show is about buyers (“pickers”) who travel the country picking old items for sale in their store, for clients, or in some cases for the personal collections. When my wife and I began watching the… Read More »

Knowing When to Admit Defeat

By | May 12, 2014

[May 12, 2014] Surprisingly, one of the secrets to being a successful leader means sometimes being willing to accept defeat … if the time and conditions are right for it. The best leaders know that there are circumstances when being right is not the most practicable strategy. How can it be, one may ask, that leaders intentionally give… Read More »

Profile: Napoléon Bonaparte

By | May 11, 2014

[May 11, 2014] Probably more than any other leader, Napoléon Bonaparte is the worldwide cultural icon symbolizing military genius and political power. His military and political achievements are studied for their audacity and brilliance. So, what was it that set Napoléon apart from other senior leaders? That question is the main reason why I chose to profile him… Read More »