Reading List (Update):  on Socialism

By | December 22, 2019

[December 22, 2019]  Yesterday was the first day of Winter, and I am finally getting around to another book that leaders might consider reading.  Christmas and Hanukkah are just around the corner to kick off the holiday season and snow might be in the forecast.  Consider today’s selection as a possible gift to someone you respect.  Keeping up… Read More »

Avoiding the Downside to Success

By | December 21, 2019

[December 21, 2019]  There is always a price to pay for the dark-side of success.  Those costs can have deteriorating and corrupting effects on one’s family and self, loss of privacy, and social isolation.  Avoiding the downside to success takes on a life of its own after one reaches a point that one’s leadership reaches large numbers of… Read More »

Leadership, Fairy Tales, and Dragons

By | December 19, 2019

[December 19, 2019]  Fairy tales from ancient times often depict dragons as purveyors of violence and evil.  These dragons are metaphors about our lives where people struggle for their existence and the hardships they endure.  In these stories, an influential leader (often a King, prince, or knight) will slay the dragon; else great destruction will descend upon the… Read More »

In the Pursuit of Prestige

By | December 18, 2019

[December 18, 2019]  There are a small number of social institutions in America that are a success story.  Higher education and the U.S. military dominate the upper rungs of the prestige ladder.  Both employ large numbers of people across an array of communities.  Within these institutions, we see the pursuit of prestige by many of the leaders that… Read More »

At War with the Truth

By | December 17, 2019

[December 17, 2019]  Recent evidence from the War in Afghanistan points to a deliberate, concerted effort by senior leaders in the U.S. Government to lie about the war’s progress. In a recent new article titled “At War with the Truth” by Craig Whitlock,1 a Washington Post reporter, wrote that “U.S. officials constantly said they were making progress.  They… Read More »

Where’s My Stuff?

By | December 16, 2019

[December 16, 2019]  There’s an old saying in the military that logistics is the ball and chain of armored warfare.  We’ve all been there.  Regardless of who we are, what responsibilities we bear, what we desire and need, there never seems to be enough “stuff” to do our jobs. Every other month, I look forward to receiving my… Read More »

How Leaders Listen

By | December 15, 2019

[December 15, 2019]  An old Vietnam War veteran was one of my mentors when I was an Infantry Company Commander.  He was also a great coach.  His favorite topic was teaching his officers how leaders listen.  I was fortunate to have him as a member of my unit. “Listen to many, speak to a few.” – William Shakespeare,… Read More »