Leadership Toolbox: the Open Door Policy

By | October 26, 2019

[October 26, 2019]  On the surface, it may appear that an open door policy for senior leaders would be universal and a commonsensical procedure to implement.  The fact is that few leaders follow-through on an open door policy even when they agree with it.  While there are downsides to such an approach that encourages open communication, the positives… Read More »

Leadership, Fear, and Other Thoughts (Part 3)

By | October 24, 2019

[October 24, 2019]  U.S. Army General. George S. Patton once noted, “If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery as a quality which knows no fear, I have never seen a brave man.” Patton clearly understood that fear can be a great motivator to succeed in battle.  It can also be the greatest of all motivators. Fear… Read More »

Leadership, Fear, and Other Thoughts (Part 1)

By | October 22, 2019

[October 22, 2019]  Yesterday, while I was writing my article on the Anglo-Zulu War battle at Isandlwana, I thought about fear and how it affects us in different ways (link here).  Knowing fear and how to control ourselves while under its influence, is a subject most leaders would like to avoid.  For this reason and the fact that… Read More »

Shoot, Move, and Communicate

By | October 18, 2019

[October 18, 2019]  It’s not easy being in the military.  You have competing priorities with complex assignments and demanding commanders.  To be successful, you have to think hard about your mission and your teammates.  In battle, you have to shoot, move, and communicate. “Think, think, think, that is what we are trying to install because your mind is… Read More »

Lessons Learned: Greed is a Character Flaw

By | October 17, 2019

[October 17, 2019]  Discussion of the importance of character can be found in ancient texts, intertwined with the fog of ancient history.  Unsurprisingly, character can be found in the modern, high-speed technological prowess we experience today.  Hard work, self-sacrifice, positive attitude, and good judgment are just a few character traits that place the most admired citizen on the… Read More »