Leadership Means Being Present

By | September 27, 2020

[September 27, 2020]  U.S. Army General Order #1 reads, “I will guard everything within the limits of my post and quit my post only when properly relieved.”  The military recognizes that a leader’s mission is most at risk of failure when that soldier or leader is not present.  One of the most valuable lessons from World War I… Read More »

The Importance of Being Likable

By | September 25, 2020

[September 25, 2020]  Over the past several years, I’ve mentored many young leaders in the Boys Scouts, Police Departments, on college campuses, and in the business world.  I always emphasize to them the importance of being likable.  Here is a fact of life; if people like you, they will give you opportunities others will not get. That’s right. … Read More »

Seek Out Experience

By | September 24, 2020

[September 24, 2020]  I’m of the old school that says experience is the best teacher.  And, while that is debatable in some philosophical corners, it nonetheless rings true.  Sadly, experience is not transferable; we all must take a given path to see what it may bring.  The very best leaders have something in common and that is they… Read More »

The Passing of Our Veterans

By | September 23, 2020

[September 23, 2020]  General Douglas MacArthur once said that “Old soldiers never die – they just fade away.”  He was talking symbolically, of course, because our soldiers and our veterans do pass away, and being who we are, we must confront that end of life with dignity and with honor. A good friend of mine who served with… Read More »

The Emancipation Proclamation: a Military Strategy?

By | September 22, 2020

[September 22, 2020]  It is difficult to put ourselves into the position of someone who lived during the U.S. Civil War.  American citizens today, nor any time since, have experienced nothing like the level of destruction and loss of life during such a war.  And, like all wars, nothing was straightforward about it.  The Emancipation Proclamation by President… Read More »

Pick of the Litter

By | September 21, 2020

[September 21, 2020]  I admit it, I love dogs.  My life began with my trusty Cocker Spaniel “Rusty,” and we were inseparable.  Dogs have a special connection with humans, a meta-story that tells of great companionships.  But today, I’m talking about another story.  This is about how leaders are chosen.  I’m calling it the pick of the litter… Read More »

What was the Paoli Massacre?

By | September 20, 2020

[September 20, 2020]  Warfare has always been present in our human species.  And despite the terribleness of the battlefield, humans have, in fact, learned some terrible lessons.  And thus, there has been broad agreement on laws of warfare established to prevent atrocities and unnecessary death.  Unfortunately, there still are times when these agreed-upon laws of warfare are violated. … Read More »

Profile: Joe Biden

By | September 19, 2020

[September 19, 2020]  With the U.S. Presidential election less than two months away, the rhetoric between the candidates and political organizations are reaching a crescendo.   Hopefully, by discussing candidate Joe Biden, we can move a little away from the hyperbole. Leaders are judged not so much by what they have done than by what they can do.  This… Read More »

Equality In The Workplace- How Good Leaders Can Make A Difference

By | September 18, 2020

[September 18, 2020]  Equality in the workplace is not just a legal responsibility for the employers but also a commitment to having a positive culture for the entire workforce. Essentially, it is about giving fair treatment to all your employees, regardless of their gender, race, nationality, religion, age, disability, or sexual orientation. But fostering equality in your organization… Read More »