Entries by Christopher Kolenda

The Recent Images from Afghanistan are Heartbreaking

The images from Afghanistan are heartbreaking. Masses of people, fearful of the Taliban, press the gates of Kabul airport, struggling to get out. Some of these people are interpreters and workers who supported my paratroopers and me during our deployments. I’ve been writing scores of letters to help them, coordinating with US officials, and trying […]

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Who is the Khris Middleton in your life?

Khris Middleton gets my leadership MVP award for his crucial role in the Milwaukee Bucks’ game 6 win.  Bucks’ star Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 50 points in one of the most impressive performances I’ve ever seen. Still, Middleton’s moment in the 3rd quarter reversed a deteriorating situation for the soon-to-be champs. Bucks’ forward Bobby Portis, Jr. […]

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Do you want people to give discretionary effort? If so, stop communicating in digital and go with analog

Last week, I held an exclusive event at the Antietam and Gettysburg battlefields for an extraordinary group of small business CEOs and solo entrepreneurs. Our purpose there was to discuss innovation and ways to take our businesses to new heights.  One of our most powerful discussions occurred at Little Round Top. On July 2, 1863, […]

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Sustainable Growth Mindset® 7.12.21

How do you keep your employees engaged and playing team ball? Unemployment remains elevated, according to The Wall Street Journal, even as millions of jobs go unfilled. Part of the reason for this seeming incongruity is that people have a lower tolerance for bad work environments. People are voting with their feet to get away […]

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Chris’ Sustainable Growth Mindset® 6.28.2021

It wasn’t the “snogging.” It was the hypocrisy. The Sun, a tabloid, plastered pictures of Britain’s health secretary, Matt Hancock, in a passionate kiss indoors with an aide [snogging is the British term for smootching].  Hancock had been the public face of British mandates to wear masks and practice physical distancing. He’s got plenty of company […]


Chris’ Sustainable Growth Mindset® 6.21.21

More Americans are quitting their jobs, according to WSJ, than at any time in the last two decades.  As COVID lifts, people’s interests are shifting from job security to professional fulfillment. We’re seeing the beginning of a massive employee turnover wave. You can ride it successfully to gain new talent or get pulled under and […]

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Seven unique insights from Gettysburg to make the 2nd half of 2021 your best ever

Taking your business to new heights: Seven unique insights from Gettysburg to make the 2nd half of 2021 your best ever.I use history, entrepreneurship, and perspective to help people grow their businesses. The combination is vital. When there’s too much nerding-out on the history, you get lost in trivia. All business with no context, on […]