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“A leader is the one who has the ability to get other people to do what they don’t want to do, and like it.”
Harry S. Truman
“This creed of the desert seemed inexpressible in words, and indeed in thought.”
Yes, Afghanistan Rules! What follows are six rules or truisms that a group of combat advisors codified during the course of their year-long deployment in Afghanistan. Some of the rules may be unique to their experience; some may be consistent with the experience of others that have deployed to Afghanistan.
These themes repeatedly emerged during the advisor’s interaction with multiple organizations and provided a common language and lens that helped them make sense of their environment as well as think about and develop strategies to accomplish their mission.… Read the rest
If we are together nothing is impossible. If we are divided
all will fail.
I used a common leadership slogan earlier in my writing, “Your people are your best resource”. I find now as I reflect on those words I have come to disagree with that statement and must advise against its use. Money in a bank is a resource. Iron ore in a mine is a resource. Fighter aircraft on the ramp are a resource.
Your people are your partners!
While writing for General Leadership, I rely not only on my military leadership experience but also on the wisdom of others.… Read the rest
Those of us who cut our teeth in a profession during the last century often lament the loss of focus. A typical reaction when we feel our organization has strayed too far from its original purpose is to talk about getting back to the basics. In today’s ever-changing environment, however, it’s important to ask which basics are still relevant, or whether the game and the players have fundamentally changed. Otherwise, we as leaders can come across as out-of-touch, or even patronizing, when stressing a back to basics approach to a job or mission.… Read the rest
“Eureka – I have found it!”
A renaissance person or polymath is a one who is skilled in multiple fields or multiple disciplines, and who has a broad base of knowledge. In short a multi-dimensional person.
I have always admired those renaissance people who were accomplished at many tasks, those with an hidden skill such as music, painting, poetry, or cabinet making. Unfortunately I am not one of those people. Embarrassingly I am not even a jack-of-all-trades. But secretly I want to be a polymath.
I have been blessed in my lifetime to serve with many incredibly talented leaders. And for the life of me, I can’t point to any specific group of skills that make a great leader.… Read the rest
“…solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom.”
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
On November 11, 1918–after more than four years of bloody fighting by over 70 million soldiers from as many as 100 countries, an armistice was signed in France between the Allies and Germany bringing World War I to a close. At the time, H.G. Wells coined the term “the war to end all wars,” referring to the conflict that left more than 9-million lives on the battlefield and countless others forever changed.… Read the rest