Why is it that some folks come out of difficult / dangerous situations devastated, and others come out enriched?  I argue the difference is resiliency.  Spiritual, physical, emotional, financial resiliency.   Resiliency is defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties.  It is not some abstract concept.  It is something that can be pursued, and obtained.   To be resilient, folks must have a belief in some greater good.  They must be assured that there is something out there that will help them thru difficult times.  That is a personal decision,  For me, I am a Christian.  I study the Bible everyday and believe what God’s Word tells me.  I ask God daily for the strength, courage and wisdom to do what He wants me to do that day.  Joshua 1:9 tells me “Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will

Take Time to Relax

On a recent vacation to Ireland,  Sarah and I were part of a 7 day programmed tour.  The tour operator had decided to make day 4 a “free day” to allow the folks on the tour to do whatever they wanted on that particular day.   Many folks scheduled something else to do.  They participated in additional trips and tours.  Sarah and I opted to do nothing but “relax”.  Sarah got a massage.  I went for a swim and a workout.   We had a nice lunch together, then I found myself with a book in one hand, a cigar in the other, and a glass of fine whiskey by my side.   We are sure glad we did.  The “relax” day at the mid point of the tour was exactly what we needed.  We were rested for the remainder of the tour, and we didn’t come back from vacation in need of a

Book Review

I am honored at the kudos my book recently received in a book review of Army Magazine.   MAY REVIEWS Lessons From a Lifetime of Leadership By Lt. Col. James Jay Carafano, U.S. Army retired Adapt or Die: Leadership Principles From an American General. Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, U.S. Army retired. Baker Books. 233 pages. $22.99 - See more at: After centuries of attempting to decipher leadership like decoding a strand of DNA, it’s time to admit all that time might just have been wasted. Reading retired Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch’s Adapt or Die makes a case for getting back to learning to lead the old-fashioned way: by studying people who lead. In the Western world, from the time of Thucydides until the age of Voltaire, the essence of learning leadership was studying leaders, individuals of both virtue and substance. Today, that seems hopelessly antiquated. After three centuries of trying to deconstruct the secret sauce of

Adaptive Leadership is Essential

Adaptive leadership is critical across our Nation.  In today’s environment, circumstances change almost continuously.   Resources that were counted on are no longer available.  Weather, war, natural disasters, and economic issues all impact what we do day to day.   To use a military term, the world is VUCA- volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Leaders must be prepared for changing circumstances.  They must build organizations that can adapt to these changes.  This can be accomplished by focusing a leader development program on those characteristics that make leaders and organizations adaptive.  I describe nine of those characteristics in my book, Adapt or Die: Leadership Principles from an American
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