Leadership and the Big Five Personality Traits

By | March 3, 2020

[March 3, 2020]  We all know that for good leadership to work well, we need to speak and write clearly.  Like my grandmother, bigmama, that means sometimes being blunt.  Today, I’m doing introducing the psychological big five personality traits 1,2 because I will use those more here at www.theleadermaker.com. Over the next few weeks, I plan to draw… Read More »

Put Me in the Fight

By | February 28, 2020

[February 28, 2020]  There is an old U.S. Army Engineer motto Essayons, a French word that means “Let us try.”  It refers back centuries into the haze of French and English history, meaning that when things get tough, send in the Engineers.  Another, more modern military one-liner meaning roughly the same thing is – put me in the… Read More »

Everyone Loves an Underdog

By | February 27, 2020

[February 27, 2020]  My family was glued to the television as we watched the U.S. Olympic hockey team defeat the Soviet Union team in the semifinals at the 1980 Winter Games.  My brother and I were cheering for “our” hockey team.  We didn’t know anything about ice hockey (being from the Deep South) but that didn’t matter.  We… Read More »

The Military Teaches you to Adopt Responsibility

By | February 26, 2020

[February 26, 2020]  My maternal grandmother, Bigmama, used to shake her finger at my cousins and me and say, “get your act straight.”  I’m sure many of us have had similar experiences with grandparents and had that wagging finger pointed our way just after we did something wrong.  She was saying that that to be someone good in… Read More »

We Have to be More than We Are

By | February 25, 2020

[February 25, 2020]  I’m reminded of a Reebok tennis shoe commercial from a few years ago. Back in early 2015, Reebok introduced a new campaign to compete with Nike and other large brands.  Their “be more human” message is referring to Reebok’s attempt to urge consumers to live up to their full potential.  I like what their message… Read More »

Who is Mike Lindell?

By | February 23, 2020

[February 23, 2020]  Pierre DeSault1 once said that the important thing is to “be able to give up all that we are for what we can become.”  Former drug and alcohol addict Mike Lindell kick-started his life on the path to giving up his destructive behavior to establish and grow his company MyPillow.  Mike Lindell is a modern-day… Read More »