Category Archives: Guest Posts

Guest Post: The 8 Lessons of Leadership I Learned from Brewing Coffee

Bourbon & Battles welcomes Alex Licea, today’s guest author. This post was originally published here on June 14, 2016. Check out Alex’s bio below the story.


Like most of my colleagues, I enjoy a cup of coffee each morning. While my experience with the brewed drink won’t inspire me to write a book about coffee any time soon, it has left a profound impact on me, and in some ways shaped me as a military communications professional and leader.

Before I get to those lessons, let me set up the scene.

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Guest Post: Operationalizing Your Philosophy

Today’s guest post is written by Josh Larson, an Active Duty Army Officer with experience at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels. He is a Brazilian Jiujitsu practitioner, combatives aficionado, and avid fisherman with a knowledge background based in leadership and criminal justice. He is currently a student at the US Army Command and General Staff College.

This post originally appeared at Military Jiujitsu on January 29, 2016.


In a previous assignment I had the privilege to work for a General Officer in the Pentagon. Granted everyday was a learning experience, but one day in particular has stuck with me and makes me constantly question how am I operationalizing my leader philosophy.

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