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 »

Korean War Hero

By | February 21, 2014

[February 21, 2014]  Paik, Sun Yup (백선엽) is a leader and true hero in all senses of the word.  The Korean War is known in America as the “forgotten war” because most simply do not know about it.  Sadly this is also true across the western world, not just in the United States.  There are many leadership lessons… Read More »


By | February 20, 2014

[February 20, 2014]  Rituals are a special part of daily life … a pattern of habits that allows us predictability.  Rituals can be defined as a stereotyped sequence of activities that are designed to achieve a desired (and predictable) goal.  Leaders need to be aware of them and encourage the good rituals.  Rituals can be simple things like… Read More »

Has Social Media Changed Leadership?

By | February 19, 2014

[February 19, 2014]  I often get asked the question whether the growth of social media has had an effect on leadership.  In short, the answer is YES.  It has a great impact because the use of social media has changed the dynamics of communication.  Great communication is the cornerstone of executive leadership.  The ability to send a message… Read More »

Characteristic #49: Maintaining the Human Touch

By | February 18, 2014

[February 18, 2014]  Leadership is about maintaining the human touch with people.  People are the strength of their organization and leaders that do not understand this principle will always struggle to succeed.  Effective leadership means treating people right and respecting them.  As the saying goes, “Take care of your people and they will take care of you.”  But… Read More »