The Debrief Series: William Ressler

On this day, I have the honor of interviewing William Ressler, a former Staff Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. He served in a niche of the marines that most people don’t think of, Parachute Rigging, specifically attached to some higher-level units. He is now a proud disabled veteran whose battle with mental health is a testament to his strong will and perseverance. In this interview, he holds nothing back as he expresses wisdom and has advice that everyone should take a moment to listen to. Everyone is fighting a battle and you may not be able to see it. This account may just give you a reality check.

Read more

The Debrief Series: HM1 John Housinga

Today, I have the privilege of speaking with the HM1 John Housinga, an Independent Duty Corpsman serving with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines. He acts as the enlisted medical provider for over 1,000 marines and sailors. He is also a sought-after subject matter expert, incredible mentor, and a dependable leader. Housinga sheds light on the reality of being a leader in today’s military, how he has recovered personally from failures, and provides guidance to the future leaders of our armed services.

Read more

What Our Military Leaders are ACTUALLY Reading

Every year or so, the military services come out with their official reading list. This is often an expansive list and can contain up to 150 books, which are recommended for our military leaders. While a 150 strong reading list can be beneficial, it may be a bit too much for those just starting out on their journey of reading.
Last month, I narrowed down the list a bit. I asked ten of my closest military friends, “what is the one book that has most contributed to your leadership development? Is there a book that has impacted you and one you would recommend?” Their responses varied and covered publications from the classics to the latest mainstream. This article will list some of those books and summarize each. In no particular order, here are the books:

Read more

Let’s “Go” Back to the Basics to Counter China

“Go” was created more than 2,500 years ago and continues to stand the test of time without change to the game’s core premise. It is an abstract strategy board game in which two players try to control more territory than their opponent using small game pieces called stones. The game may look simple at the outset with just two colors of stones and a plain grid playing board; it is anything but. This complex game of strategy has significantly more possible moves than Chess.

Read more

The Leader’s Cultural Umbrella: Making Your People Your Top Priority

An effective leader knows how to use the corporate culture to take care of those under their charge, and when the culture clashes with the interests of those we lead, we must figure out ways to protect our people. Sometimes, this means a leader must make decisions that could cost them professionally and personally, including reaching into your pocket to make things happen.

Read more