Deliberate Development

Professional Development for the Military Leader

Daily Deliberation: 20 August 2019

This is so true these days. We are more concerned with our own opinions or the binary logic of those we follow, that miss so much. I have been clouded (and often still am) by my personal views that I have actually tuned out or ignored those with differing views. However, when I force myself to listen, I always gain a new perspective and learn something new. We have to stop believing everything is black or white; right or wrong. There is much in the gray areas that make us better people and leaders. We just have to listen.


Daily Deliberation: 19 August 2019

I think of kids when I hear this quote. Watching a child learn to walk and seeing them fall over and over is a tough thing. However, they keep doing it because they know they will eventually succeed. I have no clue what provides that drive within, but it is instinctively in us to keep trying no matter how many times we stumble. I also have no clue why we lose this determination as we get older. One fail and we are afraid to try again. Failure is the part of the journey…don’t stop now!

Daily Deliberation: 18 August 2019

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard something was impossible or how many times I have said this to others. Nothing is better than when the drive inside pushes the person to try anyways and then they finally accomplish it. I have been experiencing this a lot this past year in my own life. There are so MANY things that I am trying to get done before I retire this summer and it all feels impossible and very daunting. However, taking things one step at a time, I am slowly making the impossible happen in my own life. Are you going to do the same or let others hold you back?

Daily Deliberation: 17 August 2019

Not sure if this has anything to do with the quote…just a random thought sparked by it: I love to see what happens when someone gains a new team or program. There are those who take on a program that is very good and put their efforts on cruise control. They ride the wave of success their predecessor created and hope to gain similar accolades. Then there are those who take on a program and try to keep things flowing smooth, but also try to fix small issues as they arise. The same is true for bad programs…it is just those get more attention because they are deficient. The good programs are the ones that truly test another’s talent.

Daily Deliberation: 16 August 2019

Original thoughts are not something seen as you journey through the various media and social media outlets. I remember when I first discovered this as I was working on my master’s degree. I would find a lot of sources on a particular topic that were essentially saying the same thing and then I would stumble across the original source. It was shocking to me that all of these incredibly intelligent people were spending their time talking about another’s research. Now, we are just re-stating others’ opinions that aren’t based on any kind of foundation. Instead of beong an echo chamber, take a moment to form your own thoughts.

Daily Deliberation: 15 August 2019

There have been several times that I have considered stopping my quest to write and trying to share what I have learned. It takes up a lot of my mental energy to invest in others. However, I love watching others grow by getting a few steps past where I have made it in my life. All I think about is new ways to pass on what I have learned. Although, it is draining at times, it consumes me and when I think of the alternative…I refuse to quit.

Daily Deliberation: 14 August 2019

We have all worked with that person who we knew had amazing potential. There was no limit to where they could ascend. They had “it” but were too timid to act. It takes a caring leader to recognize this and to encourage them to take that next step. Look for those who could use the push and help them see what everyone else sees.

Daily Deliberation: 13 August 2019

This one really made me think. I am typically one to say that we spend too much time talking about and thinking about what we should do and we need to make an effort and do something. However, President Kennedy one-up’s me. Effort alone is useless unless we are moving towards something. Effort alone is like running on the treadmill. We sweat and get tired, but get no where.

Daily Deliberation: 12 August 2019

I don’t think I could any wisdom to the Dalai Lama. I do think this is a great mandate for those with any form of leadership role. We have to set them up to be successful without you and still seek ways to continue to add value into their lives. I love how this is an on-going challenge that pushes them to grow and doesn’t allow me to get lazy.

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