POWER POINTS: “Black Hearts – One Platoon’s Descent Into Madness in Iraq’s Triangle of Death” by Jim Frederick

This book is gutwrenching.  The effects of disengaged and arguably toxic, self-absorbed leadership are on full display here. This book is particularly meaningful to me since I too am a "Black Heart" serving in the "Strike Brigade" (2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division). Frederick does a tremendous job of setting the context for one of the … Continue reading POWER POINTS: “Black Hearts – One Platoon’s Descent Into Madness in Iraq’s Triangle of Death” by Jim Frederick

POWER POINTS: The Mission, The Men, and Me by Peter Blaber

My battalion commander has referenced this book in leadership conversations enough that I stopped by the library... picked it up... read it in a week... and was not disappointed! Right now I am experimenting with Michael Hyatt's "book net out" method.  He calls it "Net Out".  I call it "Power Points".  Using his template, here are … Continue reading POWER POINTS: The Mission, The Men, and Me by Peter Blaber

POWER POINTS: Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

This is the second book that I have read in the "killing series" by Bill O'Reilly. Considering my recent career change, this one had a new interest and greater significance. POWER POINTS from this book included: The breathtaking number of deaths in combat. The "total U.S. military deaths in battle and from other causes were … Continue reading POWER POINTS: Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

Power Points: The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time by Will Durant

This is the second Will Durant book I've interacted with. The first was "The Lessons of History." I read that book... and LOVED it! This particular book I absorbed while driving via Audible. I much prefer a book in the hand to a book in the ear. There is something special about physically interacting with … Continue reading Power Points: The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time by Will Durant

Staying strong for long (time). #gottakeeptherhyme

To some, this post might seem like chest-thumping. It is not. I love to exercise. Today is 593 days in a row that I have done something for my body ranging from yoga and calisthenics to heavy lifting. Some workouts have been so hard I thought I was going to die. Others have been executed … Continue reading Staying strong for long (time). #gottakeeptherhyme

POWER POINTS: Leading at the Edge : Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition by Dennis T. Perkins

Ernest Shackleton's adventure is one of the most noteworthy adventures of all time. This story of boldness, imagination, and rugged determination is PACKED TO THE BRIM with leadership lessons! Dennis Perkins does a fine job of distilling the best lessons from this extraordinary story!  ***Disclaimer: Part Two of this book is "Case Studies". I did … Continue reading POWER POINTS: Leading at the Edge : Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition by Dennis T. Perkins

POWER POINTS: The Greatest Business Decisions of All Time by Verne Harnish and the editors of Fortune

                  In this book, Harnish, and the editors of Fortune Magazine review gutsy, paradigm changing decisions by business leaders. While you may not agree with their collection and order of priority, it is indisputable that these decisions were game-changers for not just industries in particular, but business … Continue reading POWER POINTS: The Greatest Business Decisions of All Time by Verne Harnish and the editors of Fortune