Leadership matters! Most people at least implicitly understand this concept and people that have studied and practiced leadership understand this concept at a deeper level. As an example, General Stanley McChrystal’s main takeaway from 34 years of service in the United States Army as a commander and leader, as he describes in his book, “My Share of the Task” is that leadership matters. Developing and selecting individuals for positions of authority is therefore one of the most important tasks that leaders are responsible for.… Read the rest
In 1904, France and Britain signed the Entente Cordiale (the friendly understanding); shortly thereafter, Russia also agreed to join this alliance. As a result, the German military began to fear the possibility of a combined attack from France, Britain and Russia.
In an attempt to respond to what they perceived as a growing threat, the German staff began making plans of their own to fend off a potential attack from these allied powers. The plan became known as The Von Schlieffen Plan, named after its primary architect, German Army Chief of Staff Alfred von Schlieffen.… Read the rest
Greece’s history is replete with tales of heroes and the great battles they fought. Platea, Tangra, Coronea, and Chaeronea are but a handful of the battlefields that litter the small island nation. However, on a single spot marked by only a stark, white marble column in the middle of a grain field, you’ll find arguably the most significant battlefield of all. It’s a little-visited place called Leuctra, in the region of Boeotia, where in 371 BC General Epaminondas and his army from Thebes defeated the previously unconquerable army of Sparta.… Read the rest
Seeds are very curious entities—small, innocuous . . . mostly overlooked. Incredibly, they are filled with an amazing power for growth — A growth for greatness. The same can be said for your capability to seeding leadership potential!
A farming friend once told me that a single shaft of wheat — left undamaged and allowed to grow unchecked — could spontaneously multiply into a crop large enough to feed the entire world population for an entire year–within only eight years. Likewise, with only a single apple seed, you could grow a tree—and a single apple tree produces enough seed to plant an entire orchard.… Read the rest