Being a Leader

Leadership through Tough Love? Sometimes when in a leadership position you find yourself preserving your sanity by being an Ass. I’m not sure it’s always a good thing, but sometimes it’s not bad. Soldiers come and go from platoons. On one occasion while leading a platoon in the 82d AirborneRead More →

Organizational Myths and Lies

Myths & Lies Organizational Myths and lies.  Every organizations lies to perpetuate itself, and it enlists the aid of those who are perpetuated by it (knowingly or unknowingly). Every organization has myths about what behavior, actions, or practices will help its members get ahead. The challenge of the aspiring youngRead More →

Staff Offiers Rule

Self Delusion? Most Officers flatter themselves by thinking of themselves as commanders, and the occasional staff officer. For most, they believe time as a staff officer is just a holding pattern until the next command comes along! For most Officers, this is self-delusion! Although many officers will serve wonderfully longRead More →


Leadership Maturity It’s strange how some minor, seemingly trivial memories remain with us long after they occurred. One must conclude that deep down, they actually hold some value that sways our outlook today. I vividly recall one such memory highlighting my low standards and immature leadership at the time.  ItRead More →

Open doors vs security

Open Doors Vs Security Short Op/Ed from the ‘Cottage at Zimmer’s Landing’, for your reading indulgence.  Drafted back in Nov 2015 during the current ‘crises’ concerning ‘Trump’s Travel Ban.’ ( Open doors vs security) Op/Ed We often decry the lack of critical thinking or reasoning,,,,just before posting the meme thatRead More →


Symbiosis Critical elements to good leadership are confidence and competence. Confidence is easily discerned by those who follow. Employees will more willingly conform to their leaders influence when those leaders present a confident attitude about their business. A leader’s confidence is infectious. With a confident leader and confident staff, theirRead More →

Tactical vs strategic problem solving

Tactical verses Strategic Problem Solving Sometimes we address Strategic Problems with Tactical solutions and wonder why they fail in the long run.  This causes us to question our decision making and problem solving processes, as it should.  This example may help orient one to consider addressing root problems rather thanRead More →

Tactical Vs Strategic

Shift your thinking Problem identification is perhaps the most critical step of any Problem Solving Process.  Get it wrong and regardless of your analysis and how well you execute your solution, you may still be confronted with the same issue after all the effort.  To help identify the problem (and thereforeRead More →

possibliity and probability

Possibility and Probability Possibilities and Probabilities set the parameters for good leadership and management. Good leaders continually shepherd their organization into applying the ‘art of the possibility’ by evolving new options to address the organization’s challenges and goals. Good managers guide their organization’s assessments of the probability of success forRead More →

Leadership Principles

10 Leadership Practices – Zimmer Principles. Successful organizations and senior leaders share a symbiotic relationship, but it’s the aspiring junior leaders that both will come to depend upon for their future successes. Cultivating junior leadership should be a key goal for organizations seeking a formative future. For consideration are tenRead More →