Essential Reads … or Maybe Not

By | October 7, 2020

[October 7, 2020]  Occasionally, I scour the Internet for writers who give suggestions about essential reads on leadership.  I’ve found them to be helpful most of the time, a few not so much.  Generally, however, their recommendations are worthwhile for junior leaders or those looking for a particular perspective.  I’m not yet convinced we always get the best… Read More »

20 Common Leader Weaknesses

By | October 6, 2020

[October 6, 2020]  To paraphrase the witty French historian and philosopher Voltaire, he once said that “We are all full of weaknesses and errors … that is the first law of nature.”  I agree.  And, the sooner each leader faces their weaknesses, the sooner they can begin the long journey to greater leadership and helping their family, friends,… Read More »

Major Lessons I Learned in the U.S. Army

By | October 4, 2020

[October 4, 2020]  Yesterday, I was a guest on the “Welcome Home Veterans” radio show on WIBG 1020 AM and WIBG 101.3 FM.  Joe Griffies was host of the show and this guy, wow, he can talk.  Tomorrow, I’ll give write about that experience and what he is doing to help veterans across our nation.  For today, I’d planned on giving a list… Read More »

They Were Just Words

By | October 3, 2020

[October 3, 2020]  If there is one thing I had pounded into us as Privates in the U.S. Army, it was that words matter, and they matter a great deal.  But, growing up and living in the civilian world, I learned just the opposite; that words were not just words.  The old saying that “sticks and stones…” is… Read More »

Harry Truman on Controversy

By | October 2, 2020

[October 2, 2020]  Now that we are entering into the last few weeks before a major presidential election in the United States, it is a good idea to look at another contentious election.  Harry Truman was a great leader but one that stirred controversy and divisiveness when the nation was trying to heal from World War II and… Read More »

4 Best Leadership Books you Should Read in 2020

By | October 1, 2020

[October 1, 2020]  The thought of leading a group could turn into a nightmare unless you have some decent past experience. While leaders often mistake the role for controlling those who fall under them, it is more towards building a strong relationship with those who are associated with you. The concept of a leader has witnessed a change… Read More »

The FBI in Decline: an Update

By | September 29, 2020

[September 29, 2020]  A little over two years ago, I gave you some insight into the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where I worked for nearly 20 years.  My point?  The FBI was and is today in severe decline as measured by its internal politicization, particularly the hyper-partisanship activities of its senior officers.  I’m sad to report this to… Read More »

Enabling Bad Behavior

By | September 28, 2020

[September 28, 2020]  One of the better things about the military is that it gives opportunities to learn from good and bad leadership.  I’ve witnessed some deplorable decisions by leaders at all levels, one of which was by a two-star General.  His command headquarters was rife with insubordinate civilians who regularly disobeyed orders and failed to show up… Read More »