Remembering 9-11

By | September 11, 2014

[September 11, 2014] Wherever you live, whatever you do, regardless of your needs and wants, you have been affected by what happened on September 11, 2001. There is not a person in the world that has not been impacted by that day. Today we remember those killed, the unknown heroes, and the families of the victims … just… Read More »

Leadership and Grand Strategy (Part 3)

By | September 10, 2014

[September 10, 2014] Tonight the U.S. President will announce his grand strategy on the security threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Since the address to the U.S. public is tonight, I will have an analysis tomorrow. A preliminary analysis can begin today with what we do know. There are some formalized steps that must… Read More »

Sports Lesson: Business or Ethics

By | September 10, 2014

[September 10, 2014] Those of us who are great fans of sports, nearly all sports, have followed a Baltimore Raven team-member who just had his contract terminated. The reason had nothing to do with his involvement in football but with a domestic violence incident involving his then-fiancée. Initially suspended for two games back in February, the recent release… Read More »

Characteristic# 73: Build a Learning Culture

By | September 8, 2014

[September 08, 2014] One of the many surprises that I encountered as a military flag officer was the number of senior civilians who were uneducated in their field. By uneducated I don’t mean they lacked a formal college degree but they had stopped their education in any meaningful way. They must have figured that all they needed was… Read More »

Characteristic# 72: Recognizing the Important

By | September 7, 2014

[September 07, 2014] In April 1918 near Paris, the German Army commander failed to recognize the important contributions a small number of U.S. Marines entering the fight would have on the outcome. The Marines were inexperienced and had not proven themselves a significant battlefield force since their arrival a few months prior to the fight at Belleau Woods.… Read More »