Perspective Matters: Top to Bottom


In the picture to the right, count the bars from the top and then count them from the bottom. Did you count ten the first time and seven the second time? I love optical illusions such as this one because they force us to acknowledge that the world isn’t always so black-or-white. Often, our starting [...]

A Marshall Plan for Unlearning

In 2005, I wrote a book entitled Soldier, Statesman, Peacemaker: The Leadership Lessons of General George C. Marshall. As a result, I have the opportunity to occasionally travel to Lexington, Virginia to speak at the Marshall Foundation. Recently, after one of my talks, I had the pleasure of listening to Terry Newell deliver a lecture [...]

Country Road Dangers

The other day I discussed this interesting paradox involving bike helmets and suggested that innovative designers might be able to craft a solution. I'd now like to pose another opportunity to creative designers–design safer country roads. People mistakenly feel safer on country roads even though they are far more dangerous than urban streets. In fact, [...]

Reduce Mental Flabbiness: Unlearn

This wonderful commentary by David Brooks was recently brought to my attention. It is entitled A Case of Mental Courage and I highly recommend it. I especially enjoyed the final paragraphs: To use a fancy word, there’s a metacognition deficit. Very few in public life habitually step back and think about the weakness in their [...]

Rules? What Stinkin’ Rules

I really like the photo to the right. I have no idea if it's real or if it's photoshopped but it makes a powerful point: What good are rules if they can't be enforced. I was reminded of this point yesterday after Wikileaks released the Afghanistan War Logs. As the following quote from this post [...]

Does Your Business Need to Unlearn?

As a leader you must nurture an organization that can rapidly adapt. Unlearning can help. Unlearning can also help you innovate. In fact, unlearning can even assure you and your organization survive. After years of work, I am pleased to report that I have now developed both a half and a full-day seminar designed to help organizations [...]

A $700 Billion Opportunity

Did you know that an estimated one-third to one-half of the$2.2 trillion Americans spend annually on health care is spent on unnecessary tests, treatments and doctor visits? What happens while people are undergoing these tests and procedures is that the body frequently heals itself. In other words, it is possible that Americans could save an estimated [...]