Reading List (Update)

By | March 25, 2014

[March 25, 2014]  Another good read, this time by economist William Easterly published in 2013.  I just had time to order the book and began reading it on my Kindle but wanted to get it on my favorite lists quickly.  The timeliness of the book is great, given the current debates on poverty.  Congressman Paul Ryan was the… Read More »

Malaysia Flight 370: Leadership Fail

By | March 24, 2014

[March 24, 2014]  The world’s media is in full hype and speculation mode about MH 370’s whereabouts.  One cannot watch a television show, listen to radio, or read a newspaper without Malaysia Flight 370 being front and center.  But this is not as important as the outright leadership failure of the Malaysian government’s lack of keeping the investigation… Read More »

“Hybrid” Leadership: A Warning

By | March 23, 2014

[March 23, 2014]  Warning to all my readers … there a few articles written about “hybrid” leadership, some of which are recycled ideas and others are poorly constructed concepts.  What one will find typically, are leader traits dressed up to look different or something on male-female hybrid attributes.  The former concept is no different than what has been written… Read More »

Characteristic #54: Understanding Relevant History

By | March 22, 2014

[March 22, 2014]  When General Petraeus, as the senior commander in Iraq, introduced his new “Clear, Hold, Build” strategy in late 2006, it was based on several factors; the most important of which was with an analysis and understanding of the history of insurgencies.  Not unlike a senior leader needing the relevant experience in order to be most… Read More »

Leadership Attributes of Special Forces

By | March 21, 2014

[March 21, 2014]  It was interesting to get a short course on horseback packing, their care, and how to engage in a firefight while mounted.  The U.S. Marine Corps conducts a hands-on training course at their Mountain Warfare Training Center on the military use of large animals in difficult terrain.  Leadership means thinking beyond the obvious solutions and… Read More »

Characteristic #53: Being Ruthless when Necessary

By | March 20, 2014

[March 20, 2014]  When action is called for, when the company is in a death spiral, when the organization is headed to mission failure; it’s time for the senior leadership to be ruthless and do those things necessary things to save it from destruction.  Doing the right things morally, ethically, and legally is of course a must for… Read More »

News Media Credibility in Decline

By | March 19, 2014

[March 19, 2014]  I’ve written about news media credibility before to explain that there is an unfortunate trend where the media is losing much of their credibility by selective and misleading reporting.  I discussed it in the context of bias reporting on the military but it extends far beyond the military.  The failure of the news media senior… Read More »

Venezuela Violence is Overshadowed

By | March 18, 2014

[March 18, 2014]  While Americans and the rest of the world are focused on the developments in the Ukraine and the mystery of Malaysia Airlines flight 370, there are important U.S. leadership matters regarding Venezuela that are being overshadowed.  Attention to the slow disintegration of the socialist economy and on-going violence, in our own hemisphere, has more key… Read More »

Second Order Effects

By | March 17, 2014

[March 17, 2014]  As leaders we need to be aware of the effects of our actions.  I remember as a new Infantry Platoon Leader that to increase physical fitness scores, I provided an incentive for Soldiers to run faster than me (I gave them a day off).  Yet, many Soldiers actually performed worse on their run times. Five… Read More »