How To Properly Define “Great Leader”–And Act Like One by Geoff Smart

Blooger's Note: Will need to pick up Geoff Smart's book: Leadocracy: Hiring More Great Leaders (Like You) into Government sounds like a must read! Fast Company July 3rd 2012 6:43 AM We don't think of leadership as some set of fuzzy, intangible character qualities that some people are born with and others are not. We …

McChrystal: Time to bring back the draft by Josh Rogin

Blogger's note: highly contentious, but something I have pondered many times...many good things with the draft, but many bad as well, a ton of 3rd and 4th order effects as well...good and bad...something to think about on the 4th thecable.foreignpolicy.com July 3rd 2012 Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former top commander of international forces in Afghanistan, …

4 Leadership Lessons From The Founding Fathers by Doug Dickerson

view original / fastcompany.com July 3rd 2012 6:21 AM Now inscribed on the Library of Congress, James Madison's words are as true today as they were in 1829: “The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world.” In forging such a nation, …

Defense Cuts Of $500 Billion Vex Officials As Ax Nears By Laura Litvan

Bloomberg.com July 2, 2012 Bloomberg News Overseeing a series of mandated U.S. budget cuts in the 1980s and 1990s, former White House official Barry Anderson was none too popular with agency officials as he insisted that the reductions be applied uniformly. Anderson recalls a minuscule 0.0013 cut to all domestic programs in 1991 that had …

America’s ‘Pacific Pivot’ Craze By Max Boot

Los Angeles Times July 2, 2012 Pg. 13 Is there any organization outside of Hollywood more prey to intellectual fads than the Department of Defense? A decade ago the buzzword around the Pentagon was "transformation." Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld wanted to force radical change to take advantage of information technology. So the individual …

If You Don’t Prioritize Your Life, Someone Else Will by Greg Mckeown

view original / blogs.hbr.org  "A 'no' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble." So said Mahatma Gandhi, and we all know how his conviction played out on the world stage. But what is less well known is how this same discipline played out privately with …

No Danger In A Nuclear Iran? Really? By Jeff Jacoby

Blogger's note: rebuttal to the 18 June Waltz piece. Boston Globe July 1, 2012 ARE YOU concerned about Tehran's drive for nuclear weapons? Political scientist Kenneth Waltz isn't. A senior research scholar at Columbia University and former president of American Political Science Association, Waltz writes in the new issue of Foreign Affairs that it's time …