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“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”
General George Patton
“We cannot build our own future without helping others to build theirs.”
I’ll admit I fell asleep in history class a few times. I remember one particular college professor lecturing at length about the British Corn Act of 1855 (or maybe it was some other vegetable he was talking about). Sure enough, minutes into his rambling I felt the fuzzy feeling that afflicts so many students of history begin to wash over me. My eyelids grew heavy, and before long, I was unconscious—an unwitting victim of BHA, Boring History Affliction.
But history need not always be so paralyzing. Enter counterfactual theory.… Read the rest
“Teaching the players during
practice was what coaching
was all about to me.“
Like many of you, I’ve spent a lot of time studying leadership examples from historic battles. One of my favorites is from the Battle of Cowpens—a pivotal Revolutionary War battle in the South Carolina backcountry that showed how effective a leader can be when playing the role of a coach.
Outnumbered and seemingly outclassed, Brigadier General Daniel Morgan led a force of militia and Continental regulars in masterfully enveloping a British force led by Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton. The most impressive aspect of the battle wasn’t the genius of the maneuver, but Morgan’s ability to project his vision in the mind of his subordinates, and convince them they were capable of carrying it out.… Read the rest
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Few people–even the greatest among us–start out with the intention of changing the world with their ideas. Most simply want to change their ecosystem…then the dream grows wings and the idea takes hold.
Why is that? Quite simply, we often find that our best ideas are shared. Shared ideas ignite passion and motivate involvement. Such can be said for the ideas, passion and motivation of Dr. King–a systems thinker who worked through boundaries, walls and ceilings to advocate for a better world.… Read the rest
“Tell me, if you had to go into battle, would you want him with you?”
Quote from “Top Gun”
Every organization has a leader whose job it is to produce results: combat aviators, increased sales, on time deliveries, or increased profits. This position almost always comes with a title, “Commander”, Director of Marketing, Executive Vice President, Chairman, or CEO. Each of these positions has some bottom line, some overarching goal that the leader must meet or face the consequences.
Study after ponderous management study confirms what common sense already tells us: while the CEO sets broad strategic guidelines it is the lower ranking subordinates who do much of the real work of an organization.… Read the rest
“The first principle of architectural beauty is that the essential lines of a construction be determined by a perfect appropriateness to its use.”
(designer of the Eiffel Tower)
Trying to Fly When the
Dashboard Gets in the Way
“You are cleared for the approach…,” relays Edwards Air Force Base air traffic control as my copilot and I began the well-choreographed cockpit dance that followed such announcements. I focused my attention outside the aircraft at the Southern California Mojave-desert landscape and managed the flying side of the responsibilities.… Read the rest
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“I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself.”
Robert E. Lee
One moment of patience may ward off great disaster. One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life.
As I sit here awaiting transportation home after a year in Afghanistan, I am reminded of yet another quality critical to good leadership…patience. When trying to get somewhere utilizing the military transportation system, we have to put on our patience hat and go to our happy place. Like a giant redwood tree that takes centuries to reach its full potential, good things come to those who wait.
Reflecting on my twenty-two years in the military, I find that my favorite leaders have been those with high expectations tempered with a healthy dose of patience.… Read the rest
“It is a shame that so many leaders spend their time pondering their rights as leaders instead of their awesome responsibilities as leaders.”
James C. Hunter
General George Washington and General Benedict Arnold were both effective leaders; however, their lasting effects on their organizations were profoundly different. Although both men were heroes of the continental Army, one went on to become the father of our country and is universally viewed today as an exemplar of selfless and inspiring leadership. The other became our nation’s most notorious traitor. His name evoking thoughts of someone who’s pride and self-oriented actions led him to sell out his young nation in hopes of personal fame, glory, and reward.… Read the rest
It’s that exciting time of the month again when you have the opportunity to interact with us LIVE on SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125 at 9pm Eastern (8 Central, 7 Mountain, 6 Pacific) Wednesday, 7 Jan 2015. This special “12-Talents” broadcast will feature David Webb, General John E. Michel, Colonel Matthew T. Fritz and our special guests:
- Spann Cordle: Disability advocate, Walmart associate
- Sue Smith: President, Center for American Values
Mission: To honor the extreme sacrifices made to help sustain America’s values and to ensure these extraordinary actions are preserved…forever.
- Website: AmericanValuesCenter.org
- Blake Miles: former Special Forces Sergeant who served with 1st Special Forces Group in Iraq.