Category Archives: Respect

A Band of Brothers

By | November 14, 2018

[November 14, 2018]  The comradeship of soldiers on the battlefield is well known.  Like the Band of Brothers of World War II fame, made famous by the book and movie, men in war band together for friendship, protection, security, and faith.  Likewise, the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan brought people together from across the world and thrust… Read More »

We Called Her Bigmama

By | October 31, 2018

[October 31, 2018]  Occasionally we are the lucky ones who have someone in our family that keeps us on the straight path to being a good person and who does so by dispensing practical guidance.  My maternal grandmother, we called her bigmama, was a no-nonsense lady with the utmost integrity, moral strength, and compassion. “Don’t allow your fears… Read More »

Retired Navy SEAL: No Excuses

By | October 22, 2018

[October 22, 2018]  Occasionally, I run across a story that impresses me; not because it’s about someone overcoming adversity (which is newsworthy) but because important lessons are learned from it.  David Goggins is a retired Navy SEAL and shares a story of his difficult journey and in doing so gives us a number of valuable life and leadership… Read More »

Good Morning, Vietnam!

By | October 16, 2018

[October 16, 2018]  In 2017, thirty years after the making of one of my favorite movies Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), I had the privilege to speak with its star, Robin Williams.  He was on a USO goodwill tour overseas and that’s how we met.  The first thing I asked was about this movie. I never really knew the… Read More »

Battle-Hardened Troops: Who are They?

By | September 17, 2018

[September 17, 2018]  I’ve been asked on several occasions to re-publish a few of my older articles on the U.S. military as a way to reintroduce the concept of “effectiveness in teams.”  Today I’ve done that with an article on battle-hardened troops.  Enjoy! [Originally published September 2, 2014]  There are few things more confusing in military debate circles… Read More »