At the turn of the Twentieth Century, a newly ordained minister was traveling through the Ozarks of Southern Missouri and made what became a momentous observation. More than a new church, what was most needed was a secondary school that would meet the needs of the rural, poor, farm families of the region. Thus began the dream that quickly became reality in 1906 with the founding of The School of the Ozarks. James Forsythe’s founding principle was based on the strong work ethic found in abundance among the hard scrabble youth that would form the student body.… Read the rest
Neuroscientists studying the human brain confirm that behind everything we do is a thought. Every action is motivated by a belief, and every behavior prompted by our attitude. This straightforward understanding of how we choose to lead our lives is not new. In fact, long before psychologists, sociologists, and scientists understood this to be scientifically validated truth, it appeared in the Book of Proverbs. Over three thousand five hundred years ago we were told that people should “be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.”
It was wise leadership advice then and remains wise advice today.… Read the rest
The Allies just lost over 10,000 service members at the Chosin Reservoir in late 1950 and retreated back to the original positions they held before the battles began. The blame for such tragic losses was attributed to poor leadership—more specifically, at the generals in charge. To put it bluntly, there was a lack of generalship.
On the heels of this devastating defeat our nation’s most senior leaders knew they needed to make a change. Enter General Matthew Ridgway.… Read the rest
There are mountains of publications in our society dealing with leadership. In fact, if you type the word “Leadership” in Bing on the internet, you will get 302 million results for your viewing pleasure! However, as we look at our Nation today, it appears there is a leadership void. You can’t pick up the newspaper or watch your favorite 24-hour news station without hearing about another failure in leadership. Sadly, many leaders never learned or seem to have forgotten why they serve.
In this series of posts, I will share the leadership philosophy that I’ve used and tried to consistently emulate over the years.… Read the rest
In most organizations, leaders live in an environment of respect, rules, professionalism, and obedience. In simpler words…the boss is the boss, and we follow their direction. That basic foundation is definitely important to success. As leaders get heavier responsibility and more authority is placed on their shoulders, subordinates tend to follow their direction with even fewer questions.
If you ask anyone who holds a position of authority if they are a good leader, I’ll bet that most say absolutely yes—we believe in ourselves.… Read the rest
On January 3, 1864, the Grafton, an English schooner piloted by Captain Thomas Musgrave, was destroyed by a hurricane that broke its anchor chains and sunk it on the rocky beach on the southern end of Auckland Island. The captain and his crew of four men made it to shore but not to safety. Auckland Island, after all, is one of the most inhospitable places on earth, with freezing rain, howling winds, and little to eat year round. On May 10th of the same year, the Invercauld, an Aberdeen clipper piloted by Captain George Dalgarno, was struck by a heavy gale and driven between two steep cliffs on the northern side of Auckland Island and sunk.… Read the rest