Category Archives: Professional Development

A Mile Wide and an Inch Deep

By | January 19, 2020

[January 19, 2020]   As leaders rise through their organizations, there is a standard piece of advice that is supposed to help them.  Organizations are inherently complex and chaotic.  Thus, we are told that leaders must focus their efforts a mile wide and an inch deep. The reasoning is persuasive.  If a leader needs a greater understanding, the argument… Read More »

Sandwich Criticism between 2 Slices of Compliment

By | January 9, 2020

[January 9, 2020] Many techniques work well in delivering negative feedback.  My dad, who worked his way up through the ranks of the Missouri Pacific Railroad (MOPAC), was fond of the Sandwich Technique.1  He told me that it was always best to surround criticism with compliments. It goes something like this, “Bob, you’re talented.  You screwed up on… Read More »

At War with the Truth

By | December 17, 2019

[December 17, 2019]  Recent evidence from the War in Afghanistan points to a deliberate, concerted effort by senior leaders in the U.S. Government to lie about the war’s progress. In a recent new article titled “At War with the Truth” by Craig Whitlock,1 a Washington Post reporter, wrote that “U.S. officials constantly said they were making progress.  They… Read More »

Why Do Soldiers Fight?  (Part 2)

By | December 11, 2019

[December 11, 2019]  Yesterday I published an article answering the question, Why do soldiers fight?  See it at this link (here).  It’s an old question but one that helps us peer into the motivations of the men who see combat up-close and personal.  Today, I’ll be providing some interesting and perhaps surprising information on other motivations. “I hold… Read More »