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8 Lessons I Learned Brewing Coffee by Alex Licea

How to Develop a Mission Mentality by William Treseder

Looking for Career Advice? Start in the Mirror

Bring Back the ‘Drink and Think’! by Chad Foster

3 Signs Your Star Performer is on the Path to Burnout by Jon Silk

How to Organize Your Notebook for Success by Jeremiah Hurley

Can Your Network Help Your Career?

The Three Hardest Words for Leaders “I Don’t Know” 

Leaders Must Be Ready When Tragedy Strikes by Brittney Simmons

The Jump: Preparing for the Transition to Organizational Leadership by Josh Suthoff

Can Reading Make Us Better Leaders?

Balancing Authority and Responsibility by Aaron Hauburt

An XO’s Guide to Staff Dominance by Josh Suthoff

On Networking: It’s Not About You by Jason Howk

Future Army Leaders: Expert Specialists or Master Generalists? by Franklin Annis

The 2018 Ultimate Summer Reading List

Improving Decision-Making Through Games by Ilhan Akcay 

Army PAOs and the Often Overlooked Strategic Seat At the Table by Kevin Sandell

What to do When the Army Stops Promoting You by Bob Gordon

The Universal War by ML Cavanaugh

How Good Leaders Communicate: Conduits vs. Reservoirs by Ryan C. Boileau Sr.

Will Machines Change War as We Know It?  


Are You a Third Generation Leader?

What Happens When Robots Gain Human Rights with Annalee Newitz

Let’s Stop the 100-Hour Work Week: Letting Go of the Horses

The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence with Amir Husain

Our Year of War with Dan Bolger

The Janitor Who Help Put a Man on the Moon

Why Every Leader Should Carry a Green Notebook

The Opposite of Fear is Love by Steven Pressfield (Book Excerpt)

[Guest Post] The Power of Informal Leader Development by Scott Nusom

[Guest Post] Idea to Action: The West Point Negotiation Project by Luke Hutchison

[Guest Post] Your Landing Attitude and How to Be in Transition by Daniel Hodne

[Guest Post] The 2017 Ultimate Summer Reading List

[Guest Post] Top Ten Things I learned in Squadron Command by LTC Chad Foster

[Guest Post] “Wall Walk” Yourself and Your Team to Better Briefings by Colonel Michael Lawhorn

[Guest Post] When Organizational Change Goes Wrong by Dan Sanders

Turning Defeat into Development

When War Comes Home: An Interview

[Guest Post] Lead Like a Champion by Alex Ramos

Decisive Action Series

[Guest Post] Commanders as Communicators by Dave Hodne

[Guest Post] My Bid Farewell to Army Blue by Daniel Hodne

Truth in Fiction: An Interview

Above and Beyond the Green Notebook

[Guest Post] 8 Reasons Why NCOs Should Write and Publish by Alex Licea and Harlan Kefalas

[Guest Post] Time to Change Mission Command Doctrine by Regina Parker

[Guest Post] Mission Command and Detailed Command-It’s Not a Zero-Sum Game by Alan Hastings

[Guest Post] You Want the Best? Embrace Failure by Brad Hutchison

[Guest Post] Developing Deliberate Practice for Leadership Growth by David Weart

[Guest Post] Ten Important Lessons I Learned as the S3/XO by Jason Gallardo

[Guest Post] Reflecting on Servant Leadership by Joshua Bowen

Do Leaders Need Emotional Intelligence


[Guest Post] Mentorship: A Strategic Imperative by Chip Bircher

2016 in Books

[Guest Post] Be the Duck: The Rubber Duck by Zach Mierva

[Guest Post] Victory from the Sidelines by Chris Manganaro

[Guest Post] Preparing Your Team for Atlantic Resolve by LTG Ben Hodges

When Bacteria Beats Bayonets 

[Guest Post] Books that Every Junior Officer Should Read by Paul Van Riper

[Guest Post] An Old Marine’s First Ten Thoughts on Combat by Paul Van Riper

How Group Dynamics Brought Athens and Sparta to War

[Guest Post] A Homework Assignment from General Carter Ham by Carter Ham

[Guest Post] Four Tips for Transitioning to New Assignments by Thomas E. Meyer

Can Intellectuals Wear Muddy Boots?

Leadership in the Digital Age

What Happens When War Leaves Its Box?

[Guest Post] Be the Duck by Zach Mierva

Using Mental Models to Outthink the Enemy

The Evolution of Leader Development

[Guest Post] So You Want to Learn About Maneuver Warfare? By Jim Greer

The Ultimate Summer Reading List

Resources for Iron Majors and Company Grade Officers

[Guest Post] Surviving Headquarters Company Command by Scott Nusom

Look to the Past for Lessons

[Guest Post] Leadership Starts with….Love? By Thomas Meyer

[Guest Post] Curiosity: The Underrated Leadership Value by Kellie McCoy

This Ain’t the First Time We Cut the Grass: Innovation in the Interwar Period with Casey Dean

[Guest Post] Throwing Your Boots Over the Wire by Steve Leonard

[Guest Post] 31 Things Your Senior Rater Would Like You to Know but Probably Won’t Tell You by Dominick Edwards

The Luck Factor

Reflecting on Readiness

[Guest Post] Rifleman Dodd: It Should be on Your Bookshelf by Nathan Wike

Don’t be a Sisyphus: How to Lead Productive Teams

Professional Development Opportunity: The Future of War Conference

[Guest Post] Writing in the Military: The Problem of Time by Scott Shaw

Shrinking Army: It’s Time to Focus on the Why

The Evolving Art of Training Management with Dave Hodne


Reading in 2015

[Guest Post] Mentoring for Integration by Ray Kimball

Book Review of My Father’s Son

[Guest Post] Share the Colors by Dave Hodne

Where’s the Fiction? The Case for More Fiction on Military Reading Lists

[Guest Post] How Effective is Your Leadership Narrative? by Drew Steadman

The Art of Giving Negative Feedback

Who are You Calling a Minion? Leadership on Staff

Bridging the Divide: A Social Media Reading List for Senior Leaders 

How to Get the Most Out of Company Command

Harnessing Social Media for Military Power

Listen Up! Professional Development Through Podcasts

A Professional Development Opportunity: Let’s #DEFChat about Innovation

Want More Military Leaders Reading? Use the Pabst Blue Ribbon Strategy

[Guest Post] The Two Most Important Qualities of Followers by CDR Benjamin Armstrong

Singer and Cole’s ‘Ghost Fleet’: The Book Every Army Officer Should Read-and it’s fun (Book Review)

Three Truths About the Personal Study of War

On Senior Leaders and Social Media: An Interview with Brigadier Mick Ryan

Learning From Our Generals…When They Were in Our Boots

Marriage in the Military: Managing the Tension

When Leaders Share Green Notebooks, Good Things Happen: Introducing MP Project Junto

Preparing Leaders for the #Future of War: Leveraging Communities of Practice

Improving the Military with a Little Innovation

How to Enjoy Lobster in Newport: Preparing for the Naval War College

Writing in the Professional Military: I tried it and was not attacked by Sea Monsters


2014: Reflecting on Books

“I Want to Develop My Lieutenants, But…”

Turning Performance Counseling into Conversation

Levity in Leadership by Casey Dean

Preparing Leaders for Any Given Sunday

Defense Entrepreneurs Form 2.0: Veterans Poking Life

Don’t Be a “Water Bucket” Leader

Exit, Voice, and Innovation

No Details, No Paper, No Regrets

How to Avoid Making the Front Page of the Military Times

Finding the Path Towards Mission Command: An Exercise

When Your Orders Send You to the Basement

A Professional Development Opportunity: A Summer with Grant

Getting the Most Out of Professional Reading

Rise of the JO

The Power of Our Connections

A Letter to Junior Officers

Anti-Intellectualism and the Army: The Sky isn’t Falling…Yet

December 2013:

How to Lead with the Strength of Nelson

2013: A Good Year for Reading

November 2013:

Wives and the Military Profession

October 2013:

Think, Write, and Publish: An Army Captain’s Perspective

Leaders are Readers

How to Host a Military Conference

A New Way Forward- Professional Military Education w/Nate Finney (Featured on the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum Blog)

Leader-Made Climate Change

September 2013:

Leader Development Part 3: The Ends, Ways, and Means

The Friday Safety Brief Must Go!

Leader Development Part 2: The Maker’s Motto

Leader Development Part I: The Leroy Jenkins Model

A Leader’s Legacy: What Does Your Recruiting Poster Look Like?

A Charge To Veterans No Longer in Uniform

BEWARE: The Pitfalls of Success (Featured on Defense Entrepreneurs Forum Blog)

August 2013:

Let’s Quit Going into Debt with Our Families: Time Management for Leaders

The Power of a Note

Got the Sequestration Blues? Grab a Map!

Tired of Damon and Masengale? What Two Polar Explorers Teach Us about War and Leadership

Junior Leaders, Teddy Roosevelt, and Defense Entrepeneurs Forum

“A Way” to Develop a Toxic Leader: How We as Leaders Create Our Own Monsters

 The Guy Behind the Guy, Behind the Guy: A Case for Taking Our Roles More Seriously

Flattening the Decision Cycle in Tactical Units

3 thoughts on “Archives”

  1. Excellent musings and advice. Well received and appreciated on my end. I’ve been an officer for 16 years and learn something every single day…most of these things I wish I learned a day earlier. Keep writing – your work is enjoyed.

  2. Hi there, frequent reader, successfully retired and working as a SETA/A&AS contractor; basically an action officer on staff. Have you read or written advice for HQ Staff military members on how to utilize their contract support? especially experienced and talented contractors? Thanks, Trae


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