Good Leaders are Also Sentinels

By | October 16, 2019

[October 16, 2019]  While attending college in Oklahoma – part of my requirement for commissioning in the U.S. Army – I traveled through a small town without traffic lights, big stores, or movie theaters.  When I first arrived in Sentinel, Oklahoma, the name immediately reminded me of the inherent responsibility of good leaders to always be a sentinel… Read More »

Good Leaders Tolerate Mistakes

By | October 15, 2019

[October 15, 2019]  The average person thinks that when people make mistakes, they should be punished (e.g., fired from their job, go to prison).  This, however, does not fit reality.  From experience, leaders quickly learn to tolerate the mistakes of others.  They have learned that making mistakes is a well-trodden path to success for us all.  Immediate punishment… Read More »

How to Kick-Start Your Leadership Career

By | October 13, 2019

[October 13, 2019]  An entrepreneurial career is exhilarating; you are your own boss, you get to call the shots and you can physically see the results of your hard work. However, it is not an easy sail. Entrepreneurship involves risks, uncertainties, and management of multiple aspects of running a business. This blog lists the benefits of an entrepreneurial… Read More »

What Is the Difference Between Leadership and Inspirational Leadership?

By | October 12, 2019

[October 12, 2019]  The tendency to take control over things and make everything work by a personal set of rules is inherent in each individual. However, there are a number of things that separate the need to satisfy our dictatorial desires and the dynamic practice of managing the control we have successfully and efficiently. Leadership is driven by… Read More »

Keep Mavericks at your Side

By | October 11, 2019

[October 11, 2019]  He came from “the other side of the tracks.”  Staff Sergeant John Crèche was young, brash, and flippant.  Born to a poor family on a ranch in southern Texas, John had a refreshing ability to see beyond the platitudes, the red tape, and the prima donnas that infect all large organizations.  And, he never hesitated… Read More »

Everyone Fills Sandbags

By | October 10, 2019

[October 10, 2019]  In late 1944, my uncle “DJ” was a cook with the 2nd Infantry Division in Belgium when the Germans attacked.  The Battle of the Bulge would go down in history as one of the most famous and strategically important battles of WWII.  In his recollections, my uncle was ordered to “grab a rifle and be… Read More »

Living the Dream

By | October 8, 2019

[October 8, 2019]  It was sometime just after midnight when our base came under intense mortar fire from Shia militias pledged to fight for cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.  Our combat engineers had been on route clearance duty “outside the wire” looking for IEDs on the roadside.1  I approached one gruffy engineer Staff Sergeant who had been leading his men… Read More »

Everyone Owns the Mission

By | October 7, 2019

[October 7, 2019]  My brother was about 10-years old and didn’t understand when our dad said that the “yard needed mowing” and he owned it.  To him that meant belonged to him – literally – but of course that was not the case.  Dad meant that my brother’s job was to mow the yard anytime the grass got… Read More »