Characteristic #54: Understanding Relevant History

By | March 22, 2014

[March 22, 2014]  When General Petraeus, as the senior commander in Iraq, introduced his new “Clear, Hold, Build” strategy in late 2006, it was based on several factors; the most important of which was with an analysis and understanding of the history of insurgencies.  Not unlike a senior leader needing the relevant experience in order to be most… Read More »

Leadership Attributes of Special Forces

By | March 21, 2014

[March 21, 2014]  It was interesting to get a short course on horseback packing, their care, and how to engage in a firefight while mounted.  The U.S. Marine Corps conducts a hands-on training course at their Mountain Warfare Training Center on the military use of large animals in difficult terrain.  Leadership means thinking beyond the obvious solutions and… Read More »

Characteristic #53: Being Ruthless when Necessary

By | March 20, 2014

[March 20, 2014]  When action is called for, when the company is in a death spiral, when the organization is headed to mission failure; it’s time for the senior leadership to be ruthless and do those things necessary things to save it from destruction.  Doing the right things morally, ethically, and legally is of course a must for… Read More »

News Media Credibility in Decline

By | March 19, 2014

[March 19, 2014]  I’ve written about news media credibility before to explain that there is an unfortunate trend where the media is losing much of their credibility by selective and misleading reporting.  I discussed it in the context of bias reporting on the military but it extends far beyond the military.  The failure of the news media senior… Read More »

Venezuela Violence is Overshadowed

By | March 18, 2014

[March 18, 2014]  While Americans and the rest of the world are focused on the developments in the Ukraine and the mystery of Malaysia Airlines flight 370, there are important U.S. leadership matters regarding Venezuela that are being overshadowed.  Attention to the slow disintegration of the socialist economy and on-going violence, in our own hemisphere, has more key… Read More »

Second Order Effects

By | March 17, 2014

[March 17, 2014]  As leaders we need to be aware of the effects of our actions.  I remember as a new Infantry Platoon Leader that to increase physical fitness scores, I provided an incentive for Soldiers to run faster than me (I gave them a day off).  Yet, many Soldiers actually performed worse on their run times. Five… Read More »

The CIA, the U.S. Senate, Spying, and Leadership

By | March 16, 2014

[March 16, 2014]  Earlier this week, the Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman accused the CIA of “spying” on the committee that she leads.  The CIA accused her committee of unauthorized access to CIA computer systems to obtain classified information.  At the heart of this unusual situation is the committee’s investigation of CIA interrogation techniques following the 9/11 terrorists attacks. … Read More »

Profile: Sun Tzu on Leadership

By | March 15, 2014

[March 15, 2014]  When I was growing up in the Deep South, I was exposed to a variety of community leaders and as successful as each was they displayed many recurring qualities that fascinated me.  Years later I realized some of those common traits were key to being a successful leader.  After reading the Art of War by… Read More »

People Want Leadership and They’re Not Getting It

By | March 14, 2014

[March 14, 2014]  People want leadership and they are not getting what they want.  At least they are not getting it from our senior leadership in Washington DC, either from the White House or from Congress.  The citizenry is losing faith in our political elites of both parties.  That’s the message from a number of political publications on… Read More »

Are Affordable Care Act Mandates Dissolving Law?

By | March 13, 2014

[March 13, 2014]  Earlier we wrote about the problems with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) and the problems its website was experiencing (link here) and the subsequent loss of trust and confidence in government due to multiple significant failures to get it right.  This is a significant leadership issue that is not being fully… Read More »