Category Archives: Professional Development

Top Reasons to Deny a Security Clearance

By | March 24, 2018

[March 24, 2018]  Just this past week the personal assistant to the President of the United States, John McEntee, was unceremoniously walked out of the White House and fired from his job.1  The reason given was that his security clearance could not be approved.  Also, White House advisor Jared Kushner’s clearance was downgraded.2  The processes for obtaining and… Read More »

Working Close to the Flag

By | March 6, 2018

[March 6, 2018]  Working close to the flag is an old military saying that means a soldier works near a senior officer’s headquarters.1  As in any organizational culture, this means greater visibility and more opportunity for that particular military member.  Such a position translates into a number of possibilities that can help or harm one’s career. One of… Read More »

Political Leadership: Ralph Peters

By | October 28, 2017

[October 28, 2017]  In this on-going series of those with new and often controversial ideas (mostly complex and original), I will focus today on Ralph Peters; retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, political commentator, and author.  Peters is an unconventional, out-of-the box thinker who holds a formidable allegiance to the United States and its people. Like others whom I’ve… Read More »

Lazy Leadership

By | October 6, 2017

[October 6, 2017]  Trustworthiness …  it all boils down to whether people trust a leader and that trust becomes the interconnectedness of reliability, believability, and respectability.  We have all seen it.  Each of us has had the displeasure to observe the destruction that lazy leadership brings the workplace, the home, and those things we’ve built.  It destroys trustworthiness.… Read More »

What Senior Leader Failure Can Mean …

By | September 29, 2017

[September 29, 2017]  The impact of leadership failure is directly proportional to the authority and power a leader possesses.  Senior leader failure can mean the tragic death of many people while the failure of a new manager could mean the loss of a few dollars.  Syria, North Korea, Iran, and much of sub-Saharan Africa are at a point… Read More »