Category Archives: Leadership

Lone Survivor – the ugliness of war

“These men of the special forces have had other options in their lives, other paths, easier paths they could have taken. But they took the hardest path, that narrow causeway that is not for the sunshine patriot. They took the … Continue reading

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Escape From Camp 14 – exiting a cultural cesspool

Imagine a life of backbreaking labor, never enough to eat and performance drive by fear.  This is the existence for prisoners in the North Korean political prisons or camps.  Little information is available about life in North Korea, a nation … Continue reading

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The Cruelest Miles – anatomy of achievement

Diphtheria isn’t given much thought today.  It’s in the category of diseases that have been conquered through modern medicine, much like polio or smallpox.  Even so, Diphtheria has a nasty reputation.  It can masquerade initially as tonsillitis, but the lesions … Continue reading

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Measure of the Earth – a problem of chemistry

In the mid-eighteenth century, one of the great scientific debates concerned the shape of the earth.  It was well understood that the earth was round, or to be more precise, spherical.  But the leading scientists of the day understood that … Continue reading

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To End All Wars – when bravery seemed useless

It is the 100th anniversary of “A Night to Remember”.  Before there was James Cameron, Walter Lord’s 1955 book chronicled the RMS Titanic disaster.  On its maiden voyage, the Titanic struck an iceberg on the night of April 14, 1912 … Continue reading

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Carrying the Flag – just-in-time leadership

If you ever were the last kid left on the playground when your classmates were picking teams for a recess game, then you will identify with Charles Edmondston Whilden.  Born in Charleston in 1824, his family wasn’t wealthy but the … Continue reading

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A Message to Garcia: reliability + resourcefulness = heroism

Andrew Summers Rowan is a forgotten hero from a forgotten war.  It was the war Spain declared on the United States in 1898, largely over the issue of Cuban independence.  Ten weeks after it started, the war was over with … Continue reading

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Endurance – engineering success out of failure

“By endurance we conquer” is the family motto of Sir Ernest Shackleton, a motto he would prove as leader of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition in 1914.  Shackleton hoped to complete the first land crossing of the Antarctic continent, but he … Continue reading

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