Category Archives: Professional Development

Socialism and Leadership (Part 2)

By | March 13, 2014

[March 13, 2014]  In Part 1 of this two-part series, I pointed out how Socialism “contains a number of beautifully crafted ideas that are appealing to just about anyone … but ultimately destructive in practice.”  In Part 2, we discuss the impact of Socialist ideology on individuals and some of their characteristics that may influence them and explain… Read More »

Socialism and Leadership (Part 1)

By | March 12, 2014

[March 12, 2014]  I have been toying with the idea of a blog feature on Socialism for some time now.  So, what would be the point in discussing the not-so-obvious connection between Socialism and senior leadership?  I believe that Socialism contains a number of beautifully crafted ideas that are appealing to everyone … but ultimately destructive in practice.… Read More »

Reading List (Update)

By | March 2, 2014

[March 02, 2014]  There is no real excuse for not updating my favorites reading list, but I have been overseas for the past month and still have not returned home.  Nevertheless, despite travel and work getting in the way of reading, here is my current favorite read.  Margaret Thatcher: From Grantham to the Falklands.  Charles Moore  This authorized… Read More »

Reading List (Update)

By | February 3, 2014

[February 03, 2014]  The book by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was exceptional but it took a while for me to read (600 pages).  This put me a little behind in making recommendations. Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance by Tony Dungy and Nathan Whitaker (2011) Returning from a deployment in Iraq in 2011, I ran across this… Read More »

Reading List (Update)

By | January 25, 2014

[January 25, 2014] Two exceptional books this week to recommend.  Both address issues with senior executive leadership.  The first book by a retired U.S. Army brigadier general is about leading yourself and the problems that a military leader faces day to day.  The second book, one which has become controversial, by past Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is… Read More »

Reading List (Update)

By | December 18, 2013

[December 18, 2013]  Two more books to consider reading.  I’m especially taken in with the book by Abbot on Cyrus the Great.  Perhaps it is more the lessons we can take from the great Persian leader.  Nonetheless, two worthwhile books to read. Today, more books that I am now reading and find interesting: Cyrus the Great by Jacob… Read More »

The Broken Window Theory and Leadership

By | December 9, 2013

[December 09, 2013]  The idea of this theory is that by paying attention to and correcting small problems, many bigger problems will be prevented.  Specifically, if small problems are not dealt with in a determined and timely manner, more serious problems will be tolerated and grow.  The “broken window theory” was an idea first put forth by criminologists1. … Read More »