My first real job as an Army Aviator was as a junior staff officer in an Attack Helicopter Battalion. Instead of helicopters and soldiers I was given projects and paperwork. Instead of employing combat power, I was employing PowerPoint.
My turn in the cockpit would come—and it [...]
600 years before the Roman Empire ruled from the moors of Britain to the sands of Egypt, it’s predecessor, the Roman Republic, was almost destroyed. In 458 B.C. The neighboring Aequians attacked Rome—and the army sent to defend the fledgling city-state quickly found itself surrounded.
The city panicked. The Senate decided [...]
Like Odysseus sailing past the sirens we are constantly lured toward rocks and ruin by charming melodies that seem as harmless as they are desirable. They start small and innocent, but if not resisted, can destroy a leader.
Odds are you won’t face all of these temptations [...]
grav·i·ty (ˈgravitē) n. The natural force that attracts a body toward the center of any physical body having mass.
Years ago, while traveling in Australia, a SCUBA trip I had planned fell through, so on a whim I found a skydiving school and asked if I could skydive that day.
The bloke across the [...]
Think about how fun and rewarding it is to serve a leader who’s providing clarity. Think about how miserable and frustrating it is on a team that lacks it.
All the marks of an exceptional leader—authenticity, initiative, trust, courage, insight—stem from clarity.
Being clear with yourself about your [...]
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