Who are our “Leadership Proteges” vs. our “Serial Complainers”?

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”?

Expectations are EVERYTHING…

If you expect your followers to do things that you yourself are not willing to do as a leader - you have no place in leadership.  If you expect your followers to uphold a certain standard of performance that you yourself do not uphold, you have no place in leadership.  And if you expect those you lead to go above and beyond, but you yourself do the bare minimum, you have no place in leadership... … Continue reading Expectations are EVERYTHING…

Here’s why “do as I say” leadership doesn’t work…

"But mom (or dad), why do I have to do my chores?  I hate chores!" "Because I told you to, that's why!"   Sound familiar? Most of us have probably been on one end of this conversation at some point in our life so far, right?  How did it play out?  Let me guess...

A letter to my fallen brother

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

What happens when you combines cuss words with yoga?

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?

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