If They Had Lived Up To The Responsibilities That Went With The Privileges (Podcast)

The distinguishing feature of our “leaders” today is their near total disregard for putting the mission ahead of themselves.  They are unwilling to risk their careers to make the hard calls that would truly benefit society.  And because of their moral cowardice, all of us suffer.  We see this played out over and over.  In this podcast we examine an anecdote from the experience of one POW in the Second World War, and discuss its lessons.  When leaders betray their oaths and their offices, the betrayal extends beyond their immediate radius of control:  they betray future generations as well, the young people who were looking to them for protection and guidance.

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Sometimes You Have To Make Allowances For People (Podcast)

Sometimes you have to accept the flaws and issues that people have, in order to accomplish the greater good.  If you are in a leadership position, the priority is mission accomplishment.  All else is secondary.  Your people will not be flawless: some of them will have issues.  If someone is a top performer, sometimes you have to learn to work around those flaws, as long as his abilities merit consideration.  In special situations, you have to make allowances for people, and work around problems.  Circumstances will be the judge of this principle–and it should not be abused.

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The Lack Of Thankfulness (Podcast)

There are many people who manifest a lack of thankfulness in their daily lives.  This comes across not only in how they treat others, but in how they treat themselves.  Lack of gratitude comes down to a failure of will: a failure to appreciate the real potential that lies within, and a failure to understand how short life can be.  Stop looking for free handouts, and start being someone who offers value.

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Sometimes You Bite Off More Than You Can Chew (Podcast)

If you are out there pursuing your goals, overcoming obstacles, and blasting through barriers, there will be times when you take on more than you can handle.  You will misjudge situations and, as the saying goes, will “bite off more than you can chew.”  This is part of the growth process.  This applies both professionally and personally.  Don’t let the opinions of others diminish your focus. Deal with the situation as best you can, and chalk it up to life.

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Do The Job You Were Assigned To Do (Podcast)

When you are in a position of leadership or responsibility, you must carry out your duties.  The mission comes first:  you don’t have a choice.  Too many people today want the benefits of being “in charge,” without being mindful of the responsibilities.  Leadership carries many obligations, and some of them are not pleasant.  But they must be done.  Life is not about having “fun,” enjoying frivolities, and basking in vanity.  In 2020, we saw many examples of mayors and governors dodging their fundamental obligation to keep public order and discipline.  We discuss one such example, and seek wider lessons.

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“Am I Too Quiet And Withdrawn?” (Podcast)

A 20-year-old man working in law enforcement tends to be quiet and introverted.  He’s serious and goal-oriented. Some of his colleagues mistakenly put a negative spin on this, and this is causing him to wonder if he needs to make some personality changes.  We offer some thoughts on the situation.

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