Alastair Luft’s Blog

12/22/2016

Author Interview: Alastair Luft

Inkshares author Donna Fung is currently running a video series of author interviews where she digs into tips and techniques for crowdfunding a novel. To date, authors Janna Grace and Jane-Holly Meissner have provided a wealth of knowledge and set the bar high. This week’s interview is with yours truly, so here’s hoping I can
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12/15/2016

AUthor Interview: Janna Grace

For those with questions on crowdfunding and the Inkshares platform, Inkshares author Donna Fung has started a new series called Coming Clean on Crowdfunding that looks into both of those topics. This first interview is with Janna Grace, author of The Talkers are Talking. Check out the interview below!

12/11/2016

The Importance of Fighting Spirit

There are many high standards in the military, which is a good thing. After all, entrusting an institution with the use of violence on behalf of society is an impressive responsibility. As necessary as these standards are, it can be difficult to meet them all the time. Over the course of my career, as ashamed
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12/04/2016

On Edumacation

Yogi Berra reportedly said that, ‘you can observe a lot just by watching.’ Sounds similar to the After-Action Review (AAR) process, a tool of organizational learning that is indeed based on observing a lot. Briefly, the AAR process begins by compiling observations about an event or action. When the event is done, these observations are
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11/27/2016

4 Steps to Maintaining Situational Awareness

I began my Patrol Pathfinder Course in September of 2002, having just returned from a six month deployment to Afghanistan. Three months later and 20 pounds lighter (incidentally 20 pounds more than I lost in Afghanistan), I’d passed. Still, while I may have received my torch, it wasn’t exactly covered in glory. On one particular
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11/20/2016

Respect and Leadership

Popular culture is full of stereotypes about military personnel as loud-mouth toughs, intimidators who browbeat their subordinates into obedience. Whether it’s Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket, or Command Master Chief John James Urgayle in G.I. Jane, the characterization of a soldier as a hard-ass tormentor intent only on breaking somebody down in order
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11/13/2016

The Importance of Mentoring

Like many an officer on the career track, I did my time as an Executive Assistant. Yes, I walked away from being responsible for the lives of dozens of soldiers, hundreds of thousands of dollars in equipment and finances, time-sensitive decisions about using lethal or non-lethal force, all so I could answer the phone and
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