A week with the military has changed how I will lead and hire. Wish I’d discovered this sooner.

If we don’t train, we won’t be better, and if we’re not better, then we’ll be dead

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Just a few of the powerful reminders that our military leaders embody that can and should translate into corporate America leadership principals…


Simple but powerful stuff and widely applicable to everyday life:


  • Win the trust, respect, and affection of your troops (employees). And don’t mistake popularity for affection.
  • There is a critical difference between making a mistake in seeking to carry out an intent (this is okay and can fixed through training) vs. a lack of effort or discipline, which is unforgivable.
  • : “We whip our enemies and then we welcome them.”
  • Apply Einstein’s wisdom which he paraphrased: “If I had an hour to save the world, I would spend 55 minutes defining the problem and 5 minutes solving the problem.”