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 »

Happy Mother’s Day

By | May 11, 2014

[May 11, 2013] Happy Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day is about the celebration honoring mothers, motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers on our society. The first officially recognized Mother’s Day began when Anna Jarvis had a memorial for her mother. She began what would successfully become a federally recognized day when in 1914 President Wilson signed a… Read More »

The Joining of a Nation

By | May 10, 2014

[May 10, 2014] On this date in 1869, the nation was joined symbolically and literally by connecting the first Transcontinental Railroad across the United States. A ceremonial “golden spike” was driven to join the rails at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory. The vision of financier David Hewes1 is credited for the idea. The “joining of a nation” is an… Read More »

Characteristics #59: The Optimism of Will in Others

By | May 10, 2014

[May 10, 2014] It never seems to amaze me that some people can energize and harness an optimistic attitude in others. I admire those greatest of individuals and envy their endless ability to make others feel like someone special. Only the greatest of leaders can do this with groups of people, while concurrently keeping their organization afloat. This… Read More »

Mental Resilience and Leadership (Part 5)

[May 09, 2014] I have proposed the idea here that people in our modern world are experiencing less stress overall today in their lives, especially when compared to our parents, grandparents, and all those before us. Furthermore, we are less mentally resilience because of it. One not so surprising result is that people are less tolerant of others.… Read More »

The UK: Race and Politics

[May 08, 2014] Race and Politics! A combination that is sure to hit all the right emotions. The United Kingdom and their politics is a rather exciting mess to read about. It has it all … race, emotion, leadership, raucousness, scandal, name-calling, and a litany of issues all intertwined with politics … electric! We in the U.S. have… Read More »

Core Values: LAPD

[May 08, 2014] Growing up watching the old “black and white,” one of my favorite shows was Dragnet1 starring Jack Webb as Sgt Joe Friday – the 1967-70 version. The Los Angeles Police Department has had a number to television series and movies based on its men and women in the force doing good. The LAPD has a… Read More »