Author Archives: hogie2005

Understanding Complexity by Snowden and Boone

The following are excerpts from “A Leader’s Framework for Decision Making” published in Harvard Business Review by David Snowden and Mary Boone. A complex system has the following characteristics: It involves large numbers of interacting elements. The interactions are nonlinear, … Continue reading

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“The Dichotomy Of Leadership” by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin

“The Dichotomy of Leadership” is the follow-on publication to Willink and Babin’s first venture, “Extreme Ownership.” Many of the lessons from the first book are repeated in this book but the authors take a closer look at the dichotomies that … Continue reading

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Thoughts for My Sons: A Collective

This blog itself started as a collection of excerpts from books I have read. As a repository for thoughts, I value having a single collection point of searchable and linkable notes to re-visit easily. So while the blog is for … Continue reading

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Extreme Ownership Fundamentals

I cannot express how grateful I am for discovering Jocko Willink and the message that he, and his teammate Leif Babin, deliver. Their book, “Extreme Ownership” and distills lessons learned on the battlefield down to fundamental concepts that can be … Continue reading

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“As a Man Thinketh” by James Allen

  This is a short book that tries to encapsulate a lot in a very little amount of writing. I appreciate it for its succinctness as well as for its message. Man is, in one way or another, in control … Continue reading

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Successful People vs. Unsuccessful People

Successful People Give other people credit for their victories. Compliment Embrace change Forgive others Keep a “to be” list Read everyday Accept responsibility Operate from a transformational perspective Exude joy Have a sense of gratitude Share information and data Continuously … Continue reading

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9 Rules of Combat for Everyday Life

By combining military principles with everyday life, I find that it is easier to keep myself disciplined in both arenas. The military application of the following nine rules are evident. How they apply to civilian life, whether it be family … Continue reading

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