Category Archives: Professional Development

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 »

Military Veterans: Combat to College

By | November 20, 2013

[November 20, 2013]  Today I’m speaking to veterans who are beginning their college experience.  The message is simple – with passion, adaptability, and some basic college skills, they will succeed.  Senior leaders have the responsibility to help improve the success rate of our veterans; we owe them at least this much. The success rate of veterans in college… Read More »

Reading List (Update)

By | November 16, 2013

[November 16, 2013]  Today, another book that I found especially interesting:  Finding a Way to Win.  Bill Parcells  Bill Parcells gives great advice on what it takes to be a successful leader and gain the respect of those you lead. He gives common sense advice like “never discount stupidity as a factor” and “never ask people to do… Read More »

Reading List (Update)

By | November 3, 2013

[November 03, 2013]  Today, more books that I found especially interesting:  The Spirit to Serve: Marriott’s Way by J.W. Marriott, Jr. and Kathi Ann Brown  A well-written, inspirational, and easy to read book that contains business tenets of the successful Marriott Hotel chain.  He talks about how through sheer determination Marriott shot from the small cottage to the… Read More »