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You have nothing to prove

I once worked for someone where nothing was ever good enough. I felt like I had to prove myself over and over again no matter how long I had been in the role. It gets exhausting and it crushes your morale and drive to do better.   You shouldn't have to live life...

Does the desire for time really mean a desire for more meaningful memories?

I'm a big-time management guy.  It's a subject that I get a lot of questions about at Passing the Baton and when I'm meeting people in the real world.  Recently the question and idea came up about the desire for time versus the desire for more personal...

The trouble with managing to the exception

Managing to the exception is something you encounter on a daily basis. You see warnings and disclaimers all the time in the food industry and on the product that you buy. Who would have thought that Legos are a choking hazard and a rare steak is not fully cooked? Have...

Managing boundaries in meetings

Studies show that over a third of all meetings are unproductive. Maybe you have sat through a few yourself!  Many high profile leaders and CEOs take meetings very seriously to keep the meeting times and the company as efficient as possible.  Meetings don't...

Finding Leadership in Jurassic World

I know why we’re here.  A rescue op, save the dinosaurs from an island that’s about to explode.  What could go wrong?-Owen (Chris Pratt) Jurassic World is one of the highest grossest movies ever made and for good reason. It's got a relatable hero, action,...

Finding Leadership in the Avengers

There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people, to see if we could become something more.-Nick Fury The Avengers have fully taken over the world. Their universe in TV and film has spanned over 10 years and amassed billions in ticket sales alone. It...

Finding leadership in Star Wars (New Trilogy)

(Leia) would say, hope is like the sun. If you only believe in it when you can see it, you’ll never make it through the night.- Vice Admiral Holdo The newest trilogy of Star Wars movies closes out the Skywalker Saga; a story told over nine movies and...

Finding Leadership in Star Wars (Original Trilogy)

Never tell me the odds!-Han Solo The Star Wars Saga is my favorite set of movies. I would lose a whole day during summer break watching all three of the original movies back to back and often played Star Wars in the back yard and the forests surrounding...

The importance of a morning routine

Certainly, you've heard the tales of accomplished CEOs and leaders and their morning routines. They typically wake up super early, do a bunch of stuff and then head out on their day. Is a 4:30 AM wake-up call what you need to be productive? Are night owls lost to a...

Manage performance instead of micromanaging

Most managers that micromanage others don't do it just to ruin someone's day. It's often rooted in a person's leadership ability and personal aptitude. Insecurity in their own leadership or an overly-detailed (OCD) person can find themselves susceptible to...

Our 5th Anniversary! A look back at positional vs. relational leadership

As a leader you have a choice; be the reason that they show up or the reason they run away.  There are a ton of leadership books and theory out there, but at the end of the day leadership falls into one of two camps; positional leadership and relational...

How to build a consistent and authentic culture

I'm thankful that we are living in a time where companies are starting to truly see and realize the value of great organizational culture. Culture should be a top priority for all companies. It dictates who you are, and is an ever-increasing factor when employees...

Building mental fortitude

Mental fortitude, or grit as it's sometimes called, can be the deciding factor in your success as a leader and how you persevere through challenging times. Looking back at my time in the military, basic training was really about testing and strengthening a...

Find Your Job Series: Develop Your Plan

You've spent time identifying your interest, your skills, and your ideal environment.  You understand your strengths, what you have to offer and a profile of what the organization you want to get into looks like. It's now time to develop...

Find Your Job Series: Identify Your Ideal Environment

It's important to match your skills, strengths, interest, and personality to a company's culture, values and environment. No doubt, that the company is going to feel you out for culture fit during the interview process. How do you learn about...

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