Leaders Need a Sustaining Meaning

By | October 29, 2019

[October 29, 2019]  All humans need to search for the meaning of life.  Like all others, leaders, too, need something to sustain them; to provide them with proper motivations and make them feel whole.  And this sustaining meaning comes only from the adoption of responsibilities. I’ve discussed the importance of the search and acceptance of responsibilities several times… Read More »

What is Camaraderie?

By | October 28, 2019

[October 28, 2019]  It is a military axiom that goes back further than the recorded history of men and warfare.  Men fight in war not to achieve a strategic aim but because of their comrades fighting alongside them.  Camaraderie is their motivation. “I hold it to be of the simplest truths of war that the thing which enables… Read More »

How’s it Going, Lads?

By | October 27, 2019

[October 27, 2019]  Yesterday, I got to see the film They Shall Not Grow Old for free on one of the Comcast channels.  Just over a year ago, I wrote a short article on the film and how Director Peter Jackson has brought back to life old footage from World War I, found in the British Imperial War… Read More »

Leadership Toolbox: the Open Door Policy

By | October 26, 2019

[October 26, 2019]  On the surface, it may appear that an open door policy for senior leaders would be universal and a commonsensical procedure to implement.  The fact is that few leaders follow-through on an open door policy even when they agree with it.  While there are downsides to such an approach that encourages open communication, the positives… Read More »

Leadership, Fear, and Other Thoughts (Part 3)

By | October 24, 2019

[October 24, 2019]  U.S. Army General. George S. Patton once noted, “If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery as a quality which knows no fear, I have never seen a brave man.” Patton clearly understood that fear can be a great motivator to succeed in battle.  It can also be the greatest of all motivators. Fear… Read More »

Leadership, Fear, and Other Thoughts (Part 1)

By | October 22, 2019

[October 22, 2019]  Yesterday, while I was writing my article on the Anglo-Zulu War battle at Isandlwana, I thought about fear and how it affects us in different ways (link here).  Knowing fear and how to control ourselves while under its influence, is a subject most leaders would like to avoid.  For this reason and the fact that… Read More »