Category Archives: Professional Development

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 »

A Guide to Delegating Your Authority (Part 1)

By | January 28, 2021

[January 28, 2021]  My first evaluation as an Infantry Company Commander said that I was ‘resistant to delegating authority.’  It was an insult, in my mind anyway, and an embarrassment as well.  I knew that the art of leadership is not about ordering people around but finding the right people, delegating tasks to them, and giving them the… Read More »

U.S. Military & Partisan Politics (Part 2)

By | January 17, 2021

[January 17, 2021]  Military officers are educated throughout their career that the military should stay out of partisan politics.  Yesterday, in part 2 of this two-part series (link here), I argued there is a contradiction between this idea and the fact that what we do can be politically important.  Thus, not everything political is off limits. The U.S.… Read More »