From My Notebook (12 APRIL – 18 APRIL 2020)

              This week I had a conversation with a friend who is a small business owner.  He said, "Everyone wants me to be successful so they give me ideas, but not the space to execute those ideas.  I need ideas AND space."  This has me thinking, where on my … Continue reading From My Notebook (12 APRIL – 18 APRIL 2020)

From My Notebook (21 March – 11 April 2020)

              Every 2-3 years I re-read The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey.  Reading it again re-motivates me.  Sometimes I get bored with his plan and want to get adventurous and create my own way...which most assuredly means that my Total Money Makeover will take longer 😉 !  Reading … Continue reading From My Notebook (21 March – 11 April 2020)

From My Notebook (17 February – 20 March 2020)

              These are notes/quotes in my notebook on which I will ACT (Act on, Contemplate, Teach).  These notes come from conversations with other people and murmurs within my head throughout the day. Jocko Willink's "Laws of Combat": 1) Cover and move, 2) Keep it simple, 3) Prioritize and execute, … Continue reading From My Notebook (17 February – 20 March 2020)

From My Notebook (1 JAN 20 – 16 FEB 20)

Every week I hear and think things on which I need to ACT (Act on, Contemplate, or Teach).  I write them down in my notebook and ACT on them.  Some of them are just too good to keep to myself, so  I'm going to experiment for a while with a new post series, "From  My  … Continue reading From My Notebook (1 JAN 20 – 16 FEB 20)

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