Small Minds at Big Universities

By | March 4, 2014

[March 04, 2014]  Recently a private citizen pledged over $10,000 to Purdue University’s school of engineering in return for naming a conference room in one of their buildings.  The plaque had God’s name on it, so Purdue removed the reference to “God” and did so without notifying the private citizen.  This is not just another example of leadership… Read More »

9th Circuit Court: American Flag Ban is Okay

By | March 3, 2014

[March 03, 2014]  When serious automobile accidents occur it usually happens when there are multiple failures involving several driver errors.  These errors are usually avoidable and involve simply not paying attention and not obeying the traffic rules.  A few days ago, a unanimous panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals held that it was permissible for a… Read More »

Reading List (Update)

By | March 2, 2014

[March 02, 2014]  There is no real excuse for not updating my favorites reading list, but I have been overseas for the past month and still have not returned home.  Nevertheless, despite travel and work getting in the way of reading, here is my current favorite read.  Margaret Thatcher: From Grantham to the Falklands.  Charles Moore  This authorized… Read More »

Characteristic #51: Maintain the Spiritual Health

By | March 1, 2014

[March 01, 2014]  Senior leadership is hard.  One of the most challenging things for executive leaders to do is to keep a positive work culture.  Fundamentally, organizational core values will play a key role in this work culture.  When we consider a positive work culture and core values together, we call it “spiritual health.”  This is rarely addressed… Read More »

Designer Babies?

By | February 28, 2014

[February 28, 2014]  Ongoing right now in America (and a number of European countries), is a debate about whether we should be making modifications to the DNA of embryos.  This is clearly an ethical debate versus the scientific benefits – recently technologically possible.  Debate is good but what is lacking is a clear position articulated by our country’s… Read More »

Profile: General George S. Patton

By | February 27, 2014

[February 27, 2014]  It is true that I have profiled more military flag officer leaders here than any other occupation.  The reason is fairly simple and that is their leadership is written about and studied more than any other and under circumstances that are often under the direst conditions. General Patton has been considered one of the most… Read More »

Cuts in the Defense Budget

By | February 26, 2014

[February 26, 2014]  The Secretary of Defense (SecDef) announced yesterday that the U.S. military would be cut significantly over the next three years; more aggressively than previously envisioned.  While there are a number of vocal critics of “slashing” the military, the real question is: “What is our national and military strategy?”  The lethality of our military, and thus… Read More »

The War on Drugs

By | February 25, 2014

[February 25, 2014]  The declaration of a “war on drugs” by the President Nixon administration in 1971 was a continuation of U.S. government policy that had been in place, essentially since 1914.  The United Nations and many senior leaders in government across the globe participated and are currently conducting policies that discourage illegal drug use.  Sadly, there has… Read More »

Characteristic #50: Credibility

By | February 24, 2014

[February 24, 2014]  Senior leadership means having many attributes that are stronger and more powerful than other leaders less experienced and motivated.  Having credibility is one of those complex characteristics that is hard to describe … we know it when we see it.  Being able to articulate the components of credibility is important because it reaches back to… Read More »

Kiev and Caracas: Violence in the Streets

By | February 23, 2014

[February 23, 2014]  Protesters seeking “greater freedoms” are involved violent protests in both the countries of the Ukraine and Venezuela.  The socialist leadership of these two very different nations are trying to move their people in an anti-Western direction.  While both are unique in their origins and cultures, there are some common themes in both these movements.  The… Read More »