MARSOC evolving into Marine Raiders might have been the greatest asymmetrical operation in the history of MARSOC. Half kidding, but it was a long road filled with lots of conflict along the way. In typical Marine fashion, the USMC was stubborn, and MARSOC (Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command) used the tools they had to accomplish the mission. Before we go forward … [Read more...] about Marine Raiders: The Future of MARSOC
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I recently had the opportunity to take a trip to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan with the CEO of Phenix Brands, former Marine “Godfather,” and creator of Mig Fuel, Ray Edwards. The trip was business in nature but I wanted to take the opportunity to get some information on the political climate firsthand. Due to Ray's business relationship with the people on the ground, he had made good … [Read more...] about To Bishkek and Back: Kyrgyzstan’s Way Forward
In honor of Mother's Day, let's take a quick look at this thing called motherhood. Our mom had to incubate a living being that literally sucked the life right out of her, and eventually, she had to squeeze it from her body—the devious little creature wreaking havoc on its way out the door. After all that, she ended up with this little pooping, crying machine that only wanted to … [Read more...] about Toughest Job in the World: Being a Mother
How many of you have been in that team that we have fought or would have fought tooth and nail to stay in? You know, the team that you just cannot live without. The one that you look forward to going to work with every morning, where things just smooth seamlessly and everyone gets along. I have been in several teams over the years and have had some less than desirable teams and … [Read more...] about An Operator’s Guide to Leadership, (Part 2)
I have noticed in recent months the increasing popularity of a 'zero damns' attitude in American society. While I get that it can be kind of funny to portray this attitude and persona, I don’t find it productive or beneficial to our community. I personally care a ton. Veteran suicide is at an all-time high: 22 veterans a day, and those are the just ones the VA … [Read more...] about A Culture That Doesn’t Care and Should. What We Can Do.
How many of us have worked for a horrible boss or had a leader that was less than stellar? Why is it that we've worked in groups that seemed great even when the chips were down, while other times, even when conditions could not be better, we would rather claw out our own eyes than go to work? Why are some teams more cohesive than others? Is it the talent and abilities of the … [Read more...] about The Operator’s Guide to Better Leadership