Category Archives: Thoughts

“A Leader’s Framework for Decision Making” by David Snowden and Mary Boone

I’ve seen leadership employed at a number of levels with varying levels of success. The most successful leaders I have encountered are the ones that are able to adapt to changing circumstances and that are receptive to innovative ideas from … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Glover Johns Leadership Lessons

I stumbled across the leadership lessons from Col. Glover Johns while listening to the Jocko Podcast. Lately I have found myself making more and more lists to remind me of the principles I need to use while making decisions. Sometimes … Continue reading

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