Leader Lessons from George Washington

By | November 1, 2018

[November 1, 2018]  After eight years of a bitter struggle, the U.S. Revolutionary War was coming to a close.  By 1782, General George Washington had run a ragtag army and, with the help of the French, had beaten the British.  The war’s end seemed in sight but there were problems within the officer ranks of the Americans.1 On… Read More »

We Called Her Bigmama

By | October 31, 2018

[October 31, 2018]  Occasionally we are the lucky ones who have someone in our family that keeps us on the straight path to being a good person and who does so by dispensing practical guidance.  My maternal grandmother, we called her bigmama, was a no-nonsense lady with the utmost integrity, moral strength, and compassion. “Don’t allow your fears… Read More »

Never Let Them See You Sweat

By | October 29, 2018

[October 29, 2018]  Sometimes you have a noteworthy idea, one that is difficult to put into words.  I certainly do.  In 1984, I had one of those aha-moments while watching television and saw a Gillette underarm-deodorant commercial.  Never let them see you sweat was their tagline and is now a famous slogan.  It put into words what I… Read More »

Core Values: Norfolk Southern Railway

By | October 28, 2018

[October 28, 2018]  Railroads are not dead and they’re not dying.  While this seems to be the current thinking of logisticians, railways across the world are making a comeback from the days of deteriorating rail lines, outdated equipment, and dilapidated structures.  Norfolk Southern Railway is one of those making headlines in modernization and efficiency. Norfolk Southern is making… Read More »

Get Your Act Straight

By | October 27, 2018

[October 27, 2018]  One of my advantages that gained leadership fundamentals for me was to grow up in a small town in the southern states of the U.S.  Everyone knew everyone.  Also, everyone was not hesitant to tell you to get your act straight whenever they believed you needed their advice; which was always. I lost track of… Read More »

Promises Don’t Count and Talk is Cheap

By | October 26, 2018

[October 26, 2018]  Early last year, I wrote about ‘good’ things we can learn from a dog (see link here).  In the article were listed ten things; one of them was that promises don’t count and talk is cheap.  My intent was to show that there are valuable leadership traits that transcend gender, culture, and perhaps even animal… Read More »

Battle of the Yellow Kids

By | October 25, 2018

[October 25, 2018]  More than 100 years ago “fake news” was so common – even in the most respected newspapers – that it is referred to as one of the greatest travesties ever in the history of journalism.  Interestingly, it began with the Battle of the Yellow Kids in the 1890s and expanded to falsehoods that encompassed the… Read More »

The Little People are not the ‘Little People’

By | October 24, 2018

[October 24, 2018]  Today’s article is not about the reality show, Little People, Big World.  While I’m a fan of the show and especially the star Matt Roloff , I am looking at ‘little people’ in a different way.   Leaders often see people who are nowhere close to their power level as little people or perhaps a better… Read More »