Unquintessential leadership pervades the U.S.'s involvement in the Vietnam WarI have been anticipating Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War on PBS since I first heard about the project, because I knew it would be a comprehensive, thorough, and objective look at the Vietnam War from a before, during, and after perspective.

Episode 1, “Déjà Vu (1858-1961)” did not disappoint.
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Hurricane Harvey Texas August 25, 2017Hurricane Harvey began pounding the middle-to-eastern part of lower Texas on Friday, August 25, 2017. A tropical storm that rapidly intensified to a Category 4 hurricane, Harvey made its initial landfall at the small town of Rockport, TX, virtually wiping it off the map in terms of devastation and damage.

An unusual weather pattern that had a persistent low pressure system from the west and high pressure system from the east kept Harvey virtually stationary for almost five days.

Given its close proximity to the Gulf coast, Tropical Storm Harvey maintained its tropical force winds, which in turn sucked up massive amounts of moisture from the sea just to its south. Read the rest of this entry »

The Blood of Emmett TillThe Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As with Blood Done Sign My Name, the sordid story of widespread white supremacism that led to racist murder in Oxford, NC in 1970, Timothy B. Tyson has yet again masterfully shone the light on how entrenched racism has been – and, in many ways, still is – in the South. Read the rest of this entry »

Hate is unquintessential leadershipA wise man once wrote, “That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.”

Unquintessential leadership has always existed. In fact, it has been the predominant way that the human race has operated from the beginning.

Unquintessential leadership is completely natural to us, while quintessential leadership is completely unnatural to us. Read the rest of this entry »

Millennials and Quintessential LeadersBefore I even get into the heart of this post, I know that all of these characteristics don’t apply to every single Millennial, and, as with every other generation, there are hybrids (for example, I’m a Thirteener – Gen X – who was raised by older Silent Generation parents, and while I identify strongly with much of what defines the key characteristics of my generation, my core principles and values are very much Silent Generation, which has often and probably will continue to put me out of sync with most of my peers) and there are exceptions to the generalized characteristics of this generation.

I know that. You know that. So no need for flames or trolling if you’re a hybrid or an exception to the general Millennial characteristics. Read the rest of this entry »

Independence is more than just nice words and ideas - it is the underpinning of our quintessential leader livesJuly 4th is referred to as Independence Day in the United States. Designated as a national holiday in America, July 4th has devolved into little more than the national embarrassingly-cheesy Boston, MA and Washington, DC song-and-dance performances followed by admittedly-beautiful fireworks displays, as well as an excuse for individuals to have a weekend to play with fireworks. Read the rest of this entry »