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)

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: 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

Hug the Struggle

Ben Horowitz wrote a New York Times bestseller called, "The Hard Thing About Hard Things." In this book, he discusses the underbelly of leadership; the hard and unglamorous stuff that few talk about or consider. He tells and dissects leadership experiences... the hard ones... the REAL hard ones! I actually picked this book up when I … Continue reading Hug the Struggle