Leadership Skill: Press Savviness

By | August 21, 2014

[August 21, 2014] Anyone spending time in front of the camera of the press knows that the skills needed to come across as credible are different. Likewise in a print media interview, what you know about your job is often less important than your ability to project a well-informed, shrewd, and practical understanding of the subject … and,… Read More »

Politics: A Military Challenge

By | August 19, 2014

[August 19, 2014] An advantage that leaders have over others is the passion to get things done, the internal drive to conquer the enemy, to turn a profit, to run a successful enterprise. Yet, a special challenge to all senior leaders, in particular military leaders, is being able to engage with politicians on difficult subjects without acrimony. Politics… Read More »

The Flaw of Adaptability

By | August 18, 2014

[August 18, 2014] I’ve written in this blog extensively about “adaptability” in leadership (see here, here, and here for some examples). What if adaptability is not up to all the hype we hear about it? Could we be so wrong? Adaptability is critical to senior leadership and of course to all leaders. The flaw of adaptability that sometimes… Read More »

Failing to Deal with Failure

By | August 18, 2014

[August 18, 2014] Leaders intrinsically know that the failure to take steps to overcome failure is a recipe for disaster. Whether that failure is in others or themselves, we all believe there must be a formula to get beyond it. Despite this belief, scientists who study failure have discovered that there is a tendency to avoid doing much… Read More »

There are No Shortcuts to Long-term Success

By | August 17, 2014

[August 17, 2014] A fundamental truth about great leadership is the recognition that everyone must have a clear sense of purpose. Otherwise, it will be difficult to decide what to do and how to do it. With the right purpose, informed decisions are possible. Nearly every person in an organization understands what they do and generally how they… Read More »

Carlson’s Raiders: Makin Island Raid 1942

By | August 17, 2014

[August 17, 2014] Today, many Americans are celebrating the “grooviest event in music history.” The Woodstock Music Festival ended after three days of “peace, love and rock’n’roll in upstate New York.” Very famous musicians played there: Janis Joplin, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, etc. What nearly no one knows about is that on this date in 1942, U.S. Marine… Read More »