Taking the Guidon

By | March 11, 2021

[March 11, 2021]  Guys my age grew up on old Western movies.  The plots were usually the same; a wagon train headed West gets attacked by Indians, and the U.S. Army Cavalry comes to the rescue.  There was plenty of action as the cavalry chases off the attackers.  Always present with the troopers was the red and white… Read More »

Leader Advice: Keep a Bullet in the Chamber

By | March 10, 2021

[March 10, 2021]  “When you’re about to go into combat, you do what you gotta do.  Expect the unexpected and ready yourself.”  Sitting on Jonny Hancock’s porch sipping whiskey and smoking cigars, we had a conversation like no other.  Jonny was giving me some leadership advice, ‘keep a bullet in the chamber [of your rifle],’ he said.  In… Read More »

Leadership Landmines

By | March 7, 2021

[March 7, 2021]  Leadership is about finding the right path and keeping to it.  But, leaders are still prone to step on landmines that symbolically blow up along their way.  Despite a successful career, how could it be that so many leaders slip and fall anyway? I’ve stepped on these same leadership landmines, and so have many of… Read More »

5 Lessons from the Battle of the Alamo

By | March 6, 2021

[March 6, 2021]  Independence.  No single motivation has led to more wars than those willing to fight for independence.  Independence from tyranny has inspired many, and that was the thinking of those defending the Alamo from a large Mexican force commanded by Generalissimo Antonio López de Santa Anna.  On this date, March 6, 1836, Fort Alamo defenders were… Read More »

Sabotage of the National Guard: by Army Vet

By | March 5, 2021

[March 5, 2021]  Army Vet writes to us today to alert us to sabotage being carried out against National Guard troops ordered to “protect the U.S. Capitol” and how both their military and civilian leaders categorically failed to do anything meaningful about it. Leadership is defined by results, not by intent:  I gotta go to British newspapers to… Read More »

Lick ’em Tomorrow

By | March 3, 2021

[March 3, 2021]  After the first day of the Battle of Shiloh of the American Civil War, 6 April 1862, sometime after midnight, then Union Brigadier General William T. Sherman came upon then Major General Ulysses S. Grant was standing under a tree.  Sherman remarked, “Well, Grant, we’ve had the devil’s own day, haven’t we?” Grant looked up.… Read More »