The Bleeding Few and the Oblivious Many

On this Veterans Day, I recommend Breach of Trust by Andrew Bacevich. The author posits that our reliance on 0.7% of the American population to carry out all our military efforts undermines our decision-making, our leadership, and our principles since nobody else has “skin in the game.” The Vietnam War was fought by American actors,… Continue reading The Bleeding Few and the Oblivious Many

A Most Human Urge

[essay edited on same day] The pooch and I went on an easy trail run last week. Most of the time we stick to paved telephone access roads in this area, but occasionally we'll venture onto dirt biker and off-roading motorcyclist-hewn paths that wind around the gulch, shooting up to the lip before plunging back… Continue reading A Most Human Urge

Leadership: Sun, Shark, or Magnet

[This was my fourth speech in Toastmasters, Understanding Your Leadership Style in Pathways, completed in 7:21.] I’d always thought of leadership as someone who swoops in to inspire everyone with a rah-rah speech, works the room, and then gets out of everyone’s way so they can do the job. The leader is the face of… Continue reading Leadership: Sun, Shark, or Magnet

On the Front Line: a Border Patrol Officer Speaks

Order of Man Podcast: Protect / Provide / Preside There are good people, who are making valid claims, that will go through the process the way it should be, but there's also those who are exploiting that particular loophole.Jason Owens Ryan Michler talks with Jason Owens, Chief Patrol Agent of the U.S. Customs and Border… Continue reading On the Front Line: a Border Patrol Officer Speaks

Appreciating Clients and Members: A Book Review

No B.S. Guide to Maximum Referrals & Customer Retention: the Ultimate No Holds Barred Plan to Securing New Customers and Maximum Profits by Dan S. Kennedy & Shaun Buck People like to be appreciated and Dan S. Kennedy reminds readers that showing love to our past and current clients renews the relationship and can be… Continue reading Appreciating Clients and Members: A Book Review

Agree to Disagree: Challenging Our Assumptions

Have you read anything here you disagreed with? Great! It means you are hearing another viewpoint—congratulations—and I am reaching a varied audience. Your viewpoint is valuable. It’s hard to say and to hear “I don’t agree with you” because we all just want to get along. However, meaty, memorable conversations have a civil back-and-forth with… Continue reading Agree to Disagree: Challenging Our Assumptions