On the eve of another Mother’s Day, as I’ve unfortunately done a few times in my history, I needed a not-too-subtle prompt, this time from an internet ad, to get me moving on buying my mom something for the day. Almost settling to just call her tomorrow, which is something I knew she’d be just fine with, I elected to try and do some quick internet shopping to order her some flowers. Looking through the on-line options back in my hometown of Midlothian, Texas, I was surprised to find several more choices than the two little stores from back when I was a kid.… Read the rest
“99% of excuses come from people who make excuses”
Does anybody send cards to the President on President’s Day? It’s probably not a lucrative business model for Hallmark or American Greetings, as there would only be a handful of recipients available…but it’s worth a thought! Presidential character and growth has been the subject of much discussion over many generations–as the very feat of rising to such a pinnacle of leadership seems so daunting for many of us. What we fail to realize is that Presidents all started out like you and I–ordinary people honing their leadership skills and style through personal growth and experience. … 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
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
It’s that festive time of the year when we pause to spend time with our families and focus on what is important: our relationships. As a result, we turn off the monitors, switch off the laptops, close the books and take off or reading glasses for a short period while we recharge our batteries and sharpen our pencils for the new year. From all of us at GeneralLeadership.com, please enjoy the happiest of holidays!… Read the rest
“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”
In 1863, in the midst of a Civil War that had been raging for more than two years and shortly following the Union victories at Vicksburg and Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation to Americans:
“Set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving.”
His wish for all of us was to “solemnly, reverently and gratefully” acknowledge the nation’s many blessings.
From our table to yours, and to the tables of our brothers and sisters who are serving, and have served, America’s call to be away from home and family during this special holiday, we send our solemn, reverent and grateful thanks.… 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
“Admiration of the Nation
We’re the finest ever seen
And we glory in the title
Of United States Marines”
Early words to the last stanza of the first verse of the “Marines’ Hymn”
Happy 241st Birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps! On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia, and passed a resolution stating that “two Battalions of Marines be raised” for service as landing forces with the fleet. This resolution established the Continental Marines and marked the birth of the United States Marine Corps. Since then, Marines have participated in all the wars of the United States, and in most cases were the first service members to fight. … Read the rest
“It follows then as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious.”
President George Washington
Happy 241st Birthday to the U.S. Navy! On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress established a naval force, hoping that a small fleet would be able to offset the uncontested exercise of British sea power. From these humble beginnings, the world’s most powerful naval force was born. With thousands of ships and aircraft serving worldwide, the U.S. Navy is the pre-eminent naval force to be reckoned with.
Tough, Bold and Ready!… Read the rest
It’s a seldom discussed fact that Christopher Columbus nearly missed his chance to make the history books in his 1492 discovery of the “New World.” Had his ship sailed on yet one day longer without sighting land, they would have turned around and headed back to Spain on the 12th of October. The truth is, he had a slight followership problem to contend with—and his own deception nearly cost him historical immortality. Along the way, his crew had grown unruly and restless, which prompted him to start “cooking the books” and keeping a separate set of records: one for his eyes only and the other he shared with his crew.… Read the rest
“I AM AN AMERICAN AIRMAN.
I AM A WARRIOR.
I HAVE ANSWERED MY NATION’S CALL.”
The Airman’s Creed
Happy 69th Birthday to the U.S. Air Force! In 1947 President Truman signed the National Security Act which established this new defense organization, and along with it the creation of the US Air Force as an independent service, equal to the US Army and US Navy. The official birthday of the US Air Force is 18 September 1947