Real Leaders Show Gratitude & Appreciation

By | January 30, 2019

[January 30, 2019]  A few years ago I found my very first Platoon Leader on a military website.  He had pinned mosquito wings (Private E-2) onto my collar while stationed in Siegelsbach, West Germany and given me some much-needed assistance and advice.  I was able to show gratitude and appreciation for his help by thanking him. “Gratitude is… Read More »

Leadership Lesson: no Lie can Live Forever

By | January 29, 2019

[January 29, 2019]  In 1965, Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke before a large crowd in Selma, Alabama where he said: “no lie can live forever.”1  The speech marked a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement that was to force American politicians to accept that all citizens had the right to vote finally.  At the heart of MLK’s… Read More »

9 Essential Leadership Skills For The Workplace Of Tomorrow

By | January 27, 2019

[January 27, 2019]  The thoughts on what leadership represents and which personality traits and skills make an individual a good, trustworthy leader have significantly changed throughout human history. In this time and day, an idea of a leader as a person who merely stands on top giving out orders is seriously outdated. Developing the leaders of tomorrow will… Read More »

‘Forget about it’ … more Bad Advice

By | January 26, 2019

[January 26, 2019]  In 2007, on my first trip to Brooklyn, New York, I saw a huge traffic sign that read, “Fuhgeddaboudit.”  I thought to myself that it was strange to have an unintelligible word so prominently displayed in this famous city.  Fuhgeddaboudit (i.e., forget about it) is a quote from television character Ralph Kramden of 1955-56 The… Read More »

Who was Wilhelm Röpke?

By | January 25, 2019

[January 25, 2019]  Leadership comes in many forms.  Yet, of the more undervalued leaders, those who provide moral and intellectual arguments for or against a particular idea hold a special role.  Their advocacy can be compelling as it was for Professor Wilhelm Röpke (sometimes spelled Roepke). Wilhelm Röpke (1899 – 1966) devoted his life to combating collectivism in… Read More »

Leader Resolutions for 2019

By | January 23, 2019

[January 23, 2019]  This past weekend I was at a Boy Scout “Klondike” event.  The idea of Klondike is to demonstrate teamwork and test scouting skills.  While sitting around the campfire with other adult scout leaders, we discussed the upcoming year and what we could do differently or do better as leaders.  My leader resolutions for 2019 are… Read More »

Peace without Victory

By | January 22, 2019

[January 22, 2019]  Leadership often means breaking new ground, going places no one has gone before, and dealing with complex and difficult problems that would overwhelm most people.  In 1914 a great war began that was to ravage much of Europe and test the values of the United States.  U.S. President Woodrow Wilson concluded that it was in… Read More »