Leadership & Stewardship…

“The success or failure of a group is determined by the stewardship of its leader…” (The Economist, 2018, p.21). Reference The Economist. (2018) Public Opinion: Focus, Please. The Economist. 25 August 2018, pp.21. Advertisements

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Loyalty: Bottom-up & Top-down

“There’s a great deal of talk about loyalty from the bottom to the top. Loyalty from the top down is even more necessary and is much less prevalent. One of the most frequently noted characteristics of great men who have remained great is loyalty to their subordinates.” George S. Patton Jr (1885 to 1945) George… Read More

The Military Decision Equation…

“There is no equation for a military decision. Decision-making requires both intuitive skill to recognize and analyze the essence of a given problem and the creative ability to devise a practical solution.” Major W.R. Speigle (US Marine Corps) Reference Speigle, W.R. (2008) The Basic School: Continuing to Successfully Prepare Second Lieutenants to be Officers. Master’s… Read More

Linking Capability & Vision…

“In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king!” I understand the quote is attributed to Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, or Erasmus of Rotterdam, a 16th-century Dutch Renaissance humanist. He was also a social critic, Catholic priest, teacher and theologian. The quote is an idiom. The basic idea is, if surrounded by people less… Read More

Ordering versus Asking

“In action it is better to order than to ask.” General Sir Ian Standish Monteith Hamilton (16 January 1853 to 12 October 1947) from his book ‘Gallipoli Diary’ published in 1920. Ian Hamilton was a British Army General who participated in operations in: The Second Boer War (1899 to 1902); Service in Japan (from 1904… Read More

Government Leadership: Retired Military Officers versus Lawyers, Scientists, Activists & Professional Politicians

So, this article was published on Linkedin on 08 December but I have only just read it. Written by Bob Ulin, Transition & Executive Coach, and Chairman & CEO, Center for Transitional Leadership, Inc. “A recent article in POLITICO noted “(General) Kelly’s military background raises interesting questions for his leadership of the department, said one… Read More