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

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