How Senior Leaders Gain Respect (Part 1)

[May 8, 2020]  Let’s begin with an admission; it is not possible to force people to respect you.  We all would like to be respected, so what does it take for leaders to gain respect?  The reasons we “want” respect are irrelevant for our discussion here, but I do believe that desire is a distant, deep-seated psychological need.… Read More »

Leadership Toolbox: the Red Team

[May 7, 2020]  I started this Leadership Toolbox series in the first month of my leadership blog back in September 2014.  At the time, I saw the value of listing proven tools (regularly used by highly-successful leaders) was a great way to begin fixing leadership problems I saw in the U.S. Army.  Today’s topic is about Red Teams,… Read More »

Flower Wars (Aztec Warriors)

[May 6, 2020]  I’ll be right upfront.  Until last week, I’d never heard of the Flower Wars.  The bias in my study of war has been colored by the classic predisposition to learn from European and Asian-centric warfare.  Today, I’ll make up for this a bit by introducing Aztec warriors into my leadership blog. From the reconstruction of… Read More »

Some Colorized WW2 Pictures for Charlie

[May 3, 2020]  Charlie Coyle was a tail gunner on a Boeing B17 Flying Fortress bomber during the last two years of World War II.  I got to know Charlie after meeting him at an antique airshow in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1993.  Charlie would have turned 95 years-old today but passed away last year where he lived in… Read More »

The Dodo’s Problem for Leaders

[May 3, 2020]  For hundreds of thousands of years, flightless Dodo birds lived on the volcanic island of Mauritius.  Without the threat of predators, the main competition for food was other Dodo birds.  They thrived in that environment until Dutch sailors arrived in 1598.  Within 80 years, these birds were extinct.  The Dodo’s problem was isolation from the… Read More »

New Leadership Lessons from War

By | May 2, 2020

[May 2, 2020]  Guest blogger Edward M. Kennedy III is a product of WAR.  In today’s article Edward crushes those who think they understand war.  He delivers to us the fundamentals of war.  This gray-haired, lion-maned HUNTER OF MEN is always on the lookout to educate his betters in politics, business, and especially in the military.  He delivers… Read More »

4 Classic Vietnam War Film Noir Choices

By | April 30, 2020

[April 30, 2020]  “Boogie down” and “10-4, good buddy” are slang from the 70s and 80s.  It sure is hard to forget them.  There were four classic Vietnam War noir films from that era that also helped shape our culture, understanding of the war, and the American way of life.  Drenched with atmosphere, suspense, and horror, these four… Read More »