The Suit Does Not Make the Man…

“Let no man be so rash as to suppose that, in donning a general’s uniform, he is forthwith competent to perform a general’s functions; as reasonably might he assume that in putting on the robes of a judge he was ready to decide any point of law. . .” Dennis Hart Mahan, 1864 (in Dupuy,… Read More

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Linking Military Literature & the Art of Thinking…

“…[It is] essential that all leaders from subaltern to commanding general familiarize themselves with the art of clear, logical thinking. It is more valuable to be able to analyze one battle situation correctly, recognize its decisive elements and devise a simple, workable solution for it, than to memorize all the erudition ever written of war.”… Read More

Steve Jobs & (Military) Leader Development: Content versus Process

Article Title Processing Leader Development. Extract “[Steve] Jobs will always be attached to Apple, a company whose products we adore. For Jobs, though, great products were not born from regulated, industry driven processes, but from the content of the product. Jobs was deeply concerned with a product’s ability to revolutionize society or change a way of… Read More

Linking Command, Confusion and Distance…

“The amount of confusion in a command post is in direct proportion to the distance it is from the incident!” Unknown

Solon’s Top 10 Tips

In giving advice, seek to help, not please, your friend. Men keep agreements when it is to the advantage of neither to break them. Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath. Speech is the mirror of action. Reprove thy friend privately; commend him publicly. Clear your mind of can’t. I grow… Read More

I Dunno…

“When you don’t know what to do, do what you know!” Unknown Another perspective… “He who deliberates fully before taking a step will spend his entire life on one leg.” Chinese Proverb Reference Unknown

The Difference: Talkers and Doers

“There often occurred to me the difference between the Professor of Economics and the business man, as judged by their financial success. The business man may not perhaps be on the same intellectual plane as the professor, but he bases his ideas on real facts and puts the whole power of his will behind their… Read More