Preparing Strategic Leaders (Part 2)

By | July 25, 2020

[July 25, 2020]  This is a two-part mini-series about preparing strategic leaders.  Yesterday, I noted that there are similarities among senior leaders that should be explored (see link here).  This life-long exploration is something I’ve invested considered time and energy.  This series is a summary of some of my observations and thoughts. As previously noted, the first pattern… Read More »

Preparing Strategic Leaders (Part 1)

By | July 24, 2020

[July 24, 2020]  As we look across the landscape of successful senior leaders, there are common threads that are worth investigating.  Whether such leaders were developed long ago or today and regardless of where they originate, their journeys are not that different.  This two-part mini-series explores those similarities of strategic leaders, how they think, and what they see.… Read More »

The Military Uses Merit for Promotions

By | July 23, 2020

[July 23, 2020]  During the American Civil War, casualties were extraordinarily high.  More than any other war in which the United States participated, the proportion of those killed and wounded is the highest.  There were many factors, but incompetence among senior Army officers was the most profound.  Eventually, the military used merit for promotions. At the beginning of… Read More »

If You Want Peace, Prepare for War

By | July 22, 2020

[July 22, 2020]  Experienced leaders understand that not everything they do is intuitive or makes complete sense on the surface of it.  When it comes to carrying out one’s duties, success is often hard-won, complex and ambiguous, and requires good judgment.  That is why the concept – if you want peace, prepare for war – is both controversial… Read More »

What is Success?

By | July 20, 2020

[July 20, 2020]  Nearly every article I write in my leadership blog, I used the word “success.”  Yet, I never define it, nor do I spend any effort to explain what I mean.  If you are like me, we assume the other person implicitly understands and agrees with our criteria for success.  Most of us, those who live… Read More »

How to Increase your Resilience as a Leader

By | July 17, 2020

[July 17, 2020]  All leaders inevitably face obstacles. What we need to keep in mind is that overworking and overloading ourselves is going to do more harm than good and eventually cause burnout. Despite the initial peak in terms of productivity due to overworking, a leader’s efficiency will eventually decline. Therefore, it is important to understand that building… Read More »

Going Out with a Bang: NY Times Style

By | July 16, 2020

[July 16, 2020]  It isn’t easy to run a business.  To do it successfully during poor economic times is even more problematic.  A few days ago, the recently-hired New York Times opinion editor, published a scathing resignation letter about the “toxic and destructive” culture of the old Gray Lady.  Bari Weiss posted her letter in a classic example… Read More »