Like all Americans, I followed the congressional proceedings on ISIS with great interest. Of particular note was the testimony of retired Marine General Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis, former Commander of US Central Command. If Gen Mattis thinks we will probably need boots on the ground, well I believe him. Now let me tell you why I say this. I have immense respect for Gen Mattis, personal respect he earned in the early days of our Post 9/11 war in Afghanistan.
What follows is a long anecdotal, but deeply personal story based observation of bold, innovative leadership and the importance of relationships between leaders to form a winning team and strategy.… Read the rest