Category Archives: Professional Development

When Subordinates Betray their Leaders

By | October 11, 2018

[October 11, 2018]  In a popular 2007 drawing by cartoonist Michael P. Ramirez, a soldier stands ready for combat but with a knife in his back; bloodied with the words “Congress” written in the blood.  This political cartoon became popular among troops sent to Iraq.  It symbolized their anger at the U.S. Congress because their elected representatives were… Read More »

Earn Your Spurs

By | October 2, 2018

[October 2, 2018]  In most armies worldwide there’s a classic story of a Second Lieutenant who was not trusted by his platoon because he was so “green” (inexperienced and untested).  Just like this lieutenant, until you earn your spurs in any vocation you will find the road to leadership challenging and frustrating. Earn your spurs is, of course,… Read More »

Millennials are Rejecting Mentorship

By | September 29, 2018

[September 29, 2018]  A lot has been written (and will be written) about America’s youngest adult generation.  Subjects on Millennials are far racing but something is going unnoticed.  What we are beginning to notice is that they are rejecting mentorship from leaders.1 Mentorship is, of course, the most effective and efficient way to improve upon leadership skills and… Read More »

Too Many Priorities

By | September 5, 2018

[September 5, 2018]  In my U.S. Army career, I had two commanders who were both smart and dedicated … yet each had a similar weakness.  Like every high-level commander, they ran large and complex organizations where they listed important priorities.  The problem was these two had too many priorities. “The bottom line is, when people are crystal clear… Read More »