Category Archives: Professional Development

Leadership and the Fear of Retribution

By | August 22, 2018

[August 22, 2018]  Academic studies show that the majority of employees in the American workforce are afraid to speak up because of the fear of retribution.  The cause is directly related to poor leadership and this fear is always present. “The forces of retribution are always listening.  They never sleep.” – Meg Greenfield, American editorial writer We all… Read More »

Never Underestimate Other People

By | August 9, 2018

[August 9, 2018]  The biggest mistake I’ve ever made was failing to listen to my maternal grandmother (we called her “bigmama”).  She told the gaggle of her grandkids sitting in a circle one day to never underestimate other people. “Golden rule of life: never underestimate your rivals.” – Sid Waddell, English sports commentator and television personality We were… Read More »

Why Leaders Study the Greek Classics

By | July 29, 2018

[July 29, 2018]  There’s an old stereotype that soldiers in the military are a bunch of knuckle-dragging dimwits who don’t have a creative thought or significant accomplishment in their pathetic lives.1  Contrary to that view, however, is a growing trend among most Western-nation military leaders to study the Greek classics. Several of my neighbors at a recent get… Read More »

Political Leadership: Victor Davis Hanson

[July 9, 2018]  Like several previous posts on political leadership, this is part of an on-going series that focuses on new and controversial ideas.  Today, I’m highlighting Victor Davis Hanson, military historian and senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.  The one thing he has in common with the others written about here is his provocative ideas –… Read More »

When Opportunity Knocks … get moving!

[May 25, 2018]  It wasn’t that long ago that opportunities for young adults in employment, education, and service to one’s country were available to all; no longer.  Today, that means that when opportunity knocks … get moving through that door and take advantage of it. “When opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle, American comedian and… Read More »