Would You Trade Tomorrow for $1M?*

*Question borrowed from Brad Lea, entrepreneur, CEO, and host of the Dropping Bombs podcast. If you’re here looking for my next book recommendation and lessons in leadership, fear not–I’ll be back next week with a discussion about learning. In the meantime, it’s Thanksgiving … depending on when you read this, you might be somewhere inContinue reading “Would You Trade Tomorrow for $1M?*”

“Vision” Isn’t License to Dismiss Reality (Part II)

We left off in Part I with a once-in-a-career opportunity. The chance to prove how awesome the missile operations community could be. My generation’s golden opportunity the make a better world for the crewmembers to come after us. Like my peers in similar units across the ICBM force, I was charged with assembling a newContinue reading ““Vision” Isn’t License to Dismiss Reality (Part II)”

“Vision” Isn’t License to Dismiss Reality (Part I)

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou Alright, so there’s a lot to talk about with this one. I’ve so far started three different versions of this post, each based on a different lesson. That’s a good thing! There’s plenty in Carreyrou’s book, and more broadly the Theranos story,Continue reading ““Vision” Isn’t License to Dismiss Reality (Part I)”

Leaders Show, They Don’t Tell

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead & Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin “Show, don’t tell” is a common refrain among writers and writing critics, at least in the spaces I came from. Accomplishing an MFA in creative writing was a purely selfish pursuit on my part, part of a dream that includedContinue reading “Leaders Show, They Don’t Tell”