Category Archives: Professional Development

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 »

Government Politics and Business

By | December 8, 2013

[December 08, 2013]  The relationship between government politics, politicians, and political parties on one hand, and other non-political organizations on the other, is fraught with a number of minefields.  Today there are enormous risks, perhaps unnecessary risks, to those organizations that establish a visible relationship with one side of the political spectrum. All leaders, senior leaders in particular,… Read More »

Reading List (Update)

By | December 2, 2013

[December 02, 2013]  Lately, I’ve been struggling to get my usual reading done.  The book The Generals was long and I wanted to take my time to ensure I had a good understanding of the history and reasons for failures and successes in generalship.  So, I’ve been slow to jump to reading other books. Today, more books that… Read More »

The Origin of Species – Charles Darwin

By | November 24, 2013

[November 24, 2013]  The Origin of Species was published November 24, 1859, just 154 years ago today.  But its applicability to human organizations and psychology is clear.  Yesterday I wrote about the necessary immense adaptability of senior leaders.  We can learn much from Darwin’s writings.  Below I have listed some of my favorite quotes from Darwin.  “A man… Read More »