War Ain’t What It Used to Be

War Ain’t What It Used to Be

How many wars is America currently fighting? Okay, maybe it’s a trick question. The term “war” is used loosely nowadays. You could well answer one – the war in Afghanistan, now the longest active combat operation in American history. But we are also conducting sporadic military operations against ISIS, Al Qaeda, and related fundamentalist Islamic […]

Nuclear Negotiations

Whether you think the recently declared deal with Iran is ultimately good or bad depends upon one thing and one thing only. Do you trust the Mullahs of Iran to keep their word? The Obama administration obviously does. Secretary of State John Kerry, along with President Obama and their various spokespeople tout the deal as […]

Donald Trump’s Not So Free Speech

Many spectators of the great game of American politics dismiss Donald Trump’s candidacy for the Republican Party nomination for the President of the United States. They do not see him as serious, instead conjecturing that he must be out for some personal, probably self-aggrandizing purpose – certainly not someone who is worthy or capable of […]

Words Mean Things Series: Marriage

The Supreme Court’s ruling on same sex marriage has incited dramatic reaction; from celebration – rainbow flood lights on the White House – to despair and outrage, mainly from traditional Christians. There are strongly held reasons for both emotional responses. As with most things political, what you hear discussed is rarely the full story or […]

5 Essential Elements of a Great People Strategy

Leaders often tell me that one of their biggest challenges is finding good people. They lament that the quality of candidates is not what it used to be – that it is difficult to find people who will simply fulfill basics like consistently show up and be conscientious. Superior performers? Hah – they should be […]

The Hidden Price of Porn

Pornography is ubiquitous in our time. Just how so is difficult to pinpoint. Some studies claim it represents or has recently represented up to 30% of internet downloads. Others indicate that porn sites are 12% of all internet domains. These percentages are perhaps falling, not because there is less porn being consumed, but because of […]

A New Hangout for Leaders

Over the years of my inter-personal communications consulting work, I’ve heard leaders from various industries and organizational types share similar frustrations. They say that it’s a challenge to find “good people.” They often struggle with office politics or strife within their team. Many report “too much drama and emotion.” There is a near universal sense […]

Happy Memorial Day – Sort Of

Like many Americans, my family celebrated this Memorial Day by flying a flag, getting together, relaxing, recreating, and doing some gardening and yardwork. Kathleen and I watched the Memorial Day Concert on the National Mall on PBS. It reminded us of the incredible sacrifices that many in our armed forces have made and continue to […]

Your Best Friend – An Adamantine Will

I recently reviewed Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill. I have also been reading a superb science fiction series, The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. The hero of this story is a modern day 40’s noir-style private investigator in Chicago who happens to be an actual wizard. Harry Dresden is a powerful smart ass who […]

Outwitting the Devil – A Book Report

My coach recommended that I read Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill. I just completed it. It is a rare book that made such an impact on me that I feel compelled to share it with everyone I know. To entice you to read it yourself, I decided to give you an overview of what […]