The Fifth Factor

Ok, what’s the “Fifth Factor?” That is the question I frequently get when I tell people I named my company “Fifth Factor Leadership.” This simple question seems to deserve a simple answer, but I don’t have a simple answer, except my standard wise-guy response: It comes right after the fourth factor. Which of course leads…

Exploring the Ethics of Weaponized Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

The below essay  appears in the current (fall 2013) issue of  the Navy Helicopter Association’s quarterly magazine, Rotor Review.  I was asked to prepare and submit this essay  by its editor, one of my all-star former students at USD – Allison Fletcher, herself a helo-pilot.  Though the topic won’t interest many of you, it may interest some of you.  If you’re…

Unplugging to Plug in

I just returned from a 6 day ‘Executive Leadership Expedition,’ sponsored by the National Outdoor Leadership School into the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming. I was one of fourteen middle aged adults, making a significant commitment to ‘unplug’ from friends, families and communities, and leave civilization for a short while to join others on an…