The U.S. Army, Race Relations, and Manhood

By | October 12, 2014

By guest blogger Sadako Red [see disclaimer] [October 12, 2014] Greetings! … that’s how my draft notice began from the “Government of the United States” back in 1966. The U.S. government has a long arm and this was my first realization that it could actually reach out and tap me on the shoulder … I was untouchable, as… Read More »

Characteristic# 75: A Sense of Unpretentiousness

By | October 10, 2014

[October 10, 2014] There is a new theme in the professional study of senior leaders and it says that those leaders must have a sense of unpretentiousness to be effective and successful. Anyone being familiar with U.S. leaders, and its military culture in particular, knows that such a character trait of their military men certainly does not include… Read More »

Profile: Che Guevara

By | October 9, 2014

[October 09, 2014] Ernesto Che Guevara is one of the most iconic revolutionary figures of the 20th Century. He continues to be admired, mostly in the Americas and in particular in Cuba where he assisted Fidel Castro overthrowing the Batista government. His name evokes strong emotion from socialists and communists alike throughout the world. Yet why is that… Read More »

Reading List (Update)

By | October 8, 2014

[October 08, 2014] Reading books that make me think – really think – is truly the epitome of quality reading. Marshall Goldsmith writes that traits that made you successful won’t necessarily keep you there or advance you further. I enjoy this type of reasoning and it allows me to keep that reminder of potential failure in the back… Read More »

Service Outage

By | October 7, 2014

[October 07, 2014] experienced a complete WiFi service outage due to recent defective “router firmware updates” … at least that’s what I’m told. For the computer geeks who love this stuff, my Belkin router and millions more, received an update this morning at about 5:00 am. When that occurred, our routers and their associated IP addresses would… Read More »

The Gary Sinise Foundation

By | October 7, 2014

[October 07, 2014] Occasionally we hear about the good works of Hollywood stars – those helping people in need by giving money – but rarely do we hear about them providing opportunities and real leadership.  Twenty years ago Gary Sinise co-starred in the movie Forest Gump alongside Tom Hanks.  Unexpectedly, the movie helped propel him into a leadership… Read More »

Strategic Leadership Lessons from World War I

By | October 6, 2014

[October 06, 2014] The War to End all Wars is largely fixed in our minds as one of trench warfare and rigid militaries. While this is taught to us in the most basic history courses, WWI was also marked by continuous maneuver warfare, technical innovations, and complex politico-military relationships that resonant today. From these complexities, we can derive… Read More »

On Iraq: Panetta and the White House

By | October 4, 2014

[October 04, 2014] A theme sometimes expressed here at is that leaders will occasionally allow emotion to dictate the direction of their decisions. This can have disastrous effects on the organizational mission. Senior leaders emotionally fixated on a topic may not be able to look past legitimate options in the decision-making process. They may also handicap staff… Read More »