One of the most valuable lessons I've come to learn as a leader is that in the moment when the members of your team stop coming to you with their problems, you have failed them as the leader... Allow me to explain... Most of you leaders would probably agree that one of the worst parts of leadership is having to deal with the "serial complainers" on our teams. You know, the people who find problems … Continue reading Who are our “Leadership Proteges” vs. our “Serial Complainers”?
One of the biggest struggles I faced when returning home from the military was adjusting to the insignificance of being late in the civilian world. People casually walk into meetings 10 minutes late, scrolling through Facebook with no sense of urgency whatsoever. Whereas, on the contrary, in the military you're generally early to being early and you get your head ripped off if you even think about being late... However, despite the fact that my … Continue reading Here’s why the best leaders pick and choose their battles wisely…
Dear SSG Stan, I will never forget that week we spent on that hilltop in Hungary. Your crazy ass thought it would be an awesome idea to park a "humvee" on top of a hill and live out of it for a week. We had barely any food, it was freezing cold, we lived out of a crappy truck, and had a radio going off 24/7...but somehow we had the time of our lives... We … Continue reading A letter to my fallen brother
After three back surgeries I can honestly say that I haven't taken a single pain pill. My doctors told me it wouldn't be possible but there is not greater motivation than the desire to prove someone wrong. Even the nurses pleaded with me to take the medication on their regimented medication plans but I wouldn't budge. This wasn't because I was "too tough" for medication but because I knew I could find a healthier way … Continue reading What happens when you combines cuss words with yoga?
(Five minute read about how to better manage your time!) One of the hardest skills to master in life is the ability to budget effectively. Agreed? When it comes to budgeting money, the hardest part is controlling the spending. There always appears to be infinite options for what to spend it on but there never seems to be enough of it to spend. It's hard to pick and choose what's worth our money and what … Continue reading How well do you budget your time?