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December 7th, 1941….a day that would live in infamy. These were the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt following the devastating sneak attack on Pearl Harbor by the Navy of the Japanese Empire. However, while many called it a sneak attack at the time and in many schools it is still taught as such, it was an attack that should have been anticipated and prevented.

There were three decades worth of warnings prior to the attack. So how did we fail, to use a 9–11 term, to connect the dots? The answer lies with human biases. Throughout history, enemy intentions…


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Today marks the 157th anniversary of day two of the Battle of Gettysburg. This three day battle, which took place from July1st-3rd 1863, resulted in 50,000 combined casualties, the bloodiest battle on the American continent. But this battle is significant because it became the turning point of our real American Revolution.

So why do I called is our true American revolution? This is a term I started using for the Civil War about a year ago. I was working with another leader ship instructor and during our drive to the battlefield, he told me a very powerful story.

He had…


The author with his mini cajon, far left, and his wife Isabel wearing the dress noted in this article

In the summer of 2019, a simple act of carrying my wife’s dress put me in a fearful situation and I got to experience the taunting and fear many, if not all, homosexuals have had to go through. What compelled me to write this piece was the June 15th ruling from the Supreme Court protecting LGBTQ workers from discrimination and comments from people I was friends with on Facebook. Many thought it was “against God.” Others commented that homosexuality was a choice, like choosing a car. …


Memorial Day is here, and for many, it is the beginning of summer. For others, it is a day to honor the memories of their friends and family who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States. I am a military veteran, and like many who have served, I have lost friends. As the years go by, the images of their faces fade.

But I try to hold on to the memories. However, I did not lose a parent, spouse, or child. I can only imagine how hard that must be. I always finding myself saying, “I’m sorry,” hoping…


by Tom Coyle and Amyn Jan

January 27th 2020: It seemed like yesterday when I had reached out to the CEO of a company, a man I will call Sam, to discuss how they could leverage artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) solutions to streamline their work, reduce product failure, and improve decision making. I also tried to discuss with them the need to implement cloud solutions to allow for remote work. He was uninterested in these concepts. AI sounded too futuristic and he did not “trust it.” …


The author with his VR headset

As leaders, one of the biggest challenges we face during this Coronavirus crisis is finding ways to stay connected to our employees. Thanks to the internet and cell phone data infrastructure, we have the ability to communicate via email, chat messaging, and through video conferencing apps such as Zoom, Facetime, and Gotomeeting. But despite these important advances, nothing replaces that human bond developed and maintained by sitting at the table and breaking bread with someone though face to face interaction. …


Barry Sanders once said that the difference between a 6 yard loss and a 60 yard touchdown is 6 inches. I’ve watched many games over the years and sometimes the difference between a blow out and a close game comes down to one play. Attention to detail matters. With my passion for data analysis and history, I will show why I believe Kansas City is ready for a fall.

So far, all the Super Bowl week commentary has focused on the explosiveness of the Kansas City Chiefs’ offense. After all, not only do they have arguably the best quarterback in…


Coffee is a must for many of us to start the day. Some of us don’t even want to so much as say “hello” until sipping that first cup. For late night libations, whiskey is a staple for many, whether you are celebrating or simply bonding with friends. Many of my friends use both. For Union soldiers at Antietam, coffee and whiskey were essential ingredients to changing Union fortunes at the Battle of Antietam.

Setting the stage: September 17th, 2019 marked the 157th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest one day battle on the American Continent, which resulted…


Five years ago, I had lunch with retired Admiral John Poindexter, former National Security Adviser under Ronald Reagan. We had a great discussion on leadership and how leaders need to do a better job of collecting and using data for decision-making. He kicked off the lunch with a story of how he was brought into the White House shortly after the assassination attempt on Reagan and his personal mission was to ensure that the President always got the needed information, and that the President would not micromanage the National Security Council. Poindexter had studied how President Lyndon Johnson micromanaged the…


I have read many articles talking about how technology is either making us smarter or dumber, and one article particularly stood out. The author, Don Peppers, wrote about how being a slave to technology could literally kill you; he noted an example of a man who drove off a highway bridge that had been demolished some years before because that is where the GPS took him. At the same time, technology can make us smarter by removing smaller, tedious tasks and freeing us up to focus on more important, transformational tasks. …

Tom Coyle

People Turn Around Specialist | Leadership Instructor | Strategic Thinker | Author https://www.amazon.com/Leadership-Lessons-Gettysburg-Historical-Leaders/dp/

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