Authentic Leaders

By | April 3, 2015

[April 03, 2015]  U.S. President Bill Clinton has been often referred to as one of the most authentic leaders of our generation. Whether you liked his politics or not, he just had a way about him that made it seems he was the real deal, a genuine good person who cared about you. Whether Clinton was in the… Read More »

How to Get Good Feedback

By | April 2, 2015

[April 02, 2015] Between 1970 and 1999 South Korean airlines had a number of accidents that put them at the bottom in aviation safety. The reason was traced to a cultural issue whereby junior pilots would not correct senior pilots or give them satisfactory feedback on piloting skills. A good friend of mine was a senior officer in… Read More »

Leaders Fear Disclosing Mental Issues

By | April 1, 2015

[April 01, 2015]. The Germanwings airline co-pilot deliberately steered his commercial jet into the French Alps killing all 150 aboard. It was discovered he had hidden his mental health problems from the airline. People often obscure mental issues from their employers, friends, and family. Leaders are particularly prone to hide them because of adverse impacts on their employment… Read More »

Senior Leader: Israel’s Prime Minister

By | March 31, 2015

[March 31, 2015] With violence continuing to escalate in the Middle East, a small number of world leaders have stood out among many. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu is one who has become a loud voice condemning the actions of terrorism in general and the brutality of Iran in particular. His speeches provide us with a view… Read More »

A Grand Arab Army?

By | March 30, 2015

[March 30, 2015] Something that has not happened before – at least in a very long time – is the formation of an Arab Army. Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi appears to be leading the effort for Sunni Arabs to push back on extensive Shia military gains in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, and elsewhere. This is not the… Read More »

Leadership Toolbox: Leader Courses

By | March 29, 2015

[March 29, 2015] Every newly promoted Brigadier General and Rear Admiral attends a Department of Defense leadership course.1 The objectives are many but most important is that the course helps them transition their understanding from operational/tactical to strategic issues. Important items in the leadership toolbox are leader courses that are a proven way to improve success in leaders.… Read More »

Is a Grand Strategy Necessary?

By | March 27, 2015

[March 27, 2015] There are many world leaders that claim the United States has neither a grand strategy for the Middle East nor one for its own national security. Furthermore they claim this has lead to greater instability around the world. Such bold commentary from such high ranking leaders is worthy of a response.1 “Strategy without tactics is… Read More »

Failure of a University Leader

By | March 26, 2015

[March 26, 2015] If one questions senior leaders about how they learned their most valuable lessons in leadership, their answers may surprise you. The most effective lessons are not from good coaching, mentorship, or teaching but comes about from the mistakes made by other senior executives; even a university leader. Such is the case at Cornell University, Ithaca… Read More »

Identifying Strategic Friction Points

By | March 25, 2015

[March 25, 2015] Carl von Clausewitz published an influential book called On War in 1832.  In this work, he introduced the concept of “friction” as a hindrance to the execution of strategy. We have discovered that one of the difficulties associated with senior leadership is being able to accurately identify and surmount strategic friction points. “The good general must… Read More »