Heroism – Its Entitlements and Responsibilities

This essay appears in the current edition of Naval Special Warfare’s Ethos magazine.  The essay was inspired by discussions I’ve had with colleagues about the challenges SEALs now face, being in the spotlight as the new American heroes and media darlings.  This can be pretty heady stuff with some new and unfamiliar challenges for young men who have been trained…

Quiet Professionals in Naval Special Warfare

I was asked by NSW Ethos magazine to write an essay on “Quiet Professionalism,” after a spate of books, interviews, articles and the like by SEALS, mostly retired, have appeared in the wake of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.  SEALs are appearing on O’Reilley, Imus, in a new movie (Act of Valor,) and on, and on.   I am also a retired…

Asking the Right Questions

Asking the right questions can be key in much of what we do. Teaching is largely about asking the right questions – pioneered by Socrates in what has come to be referred to as ‘the Socratic method.’ The ‘right’ question will challenge and inspire the student, the leader, any of us to look differently at what we do and how we perceive an issue. It seems however that the ‘right’ question has to come at the right time to be most effective.

The Head and the Heart

A reading group I’m in recently read Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club.   It was great fun, and in thinking about the book, it occurred to me that one way to consider Palahniuk’s message was in terms of the Head versus the Heart.  The narrator of the book, the Ed Norton character in the movie, is all ‘Head’…