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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...

Find Your Job Series: Identify Your Skills

For your next job, you'll need to have a good grasp of your skills and strengths so that you can show that value to the hiring leaders for the company that you want to be with.  Uncover your skills and strengths First, you need to note what your skills...

Find Your Job Series: Uncover Your Interests

As you get older, the stress of finding a new job increases. As a high schooler or college student, there is little risk or consequences, and you typically have many options to choose from. Life gets more complex. You start a family, you buy a house,...

Can you create charisma?

If you've ever met someone that was very likable but you didn't exactly know why, then you have seen charisma in action. It's the magic essence of networking, building a following, and being well-liked.  At the end of the day, people are more likely to...

How to create sincere enthusiasm

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.-Ralph Waldo Emerson Sincere enthusiasm in what you do is both compelling and attractive to others. Your level of enthusiasm is like a magnet, the stronger it is, the more that you will draw in. Elon Musk is a great...

What to do when someone resigns

The sudden departure of trusted and valued team members can be a shock to a leader and navigating this scenario is one of the most challenging, and often frustrating, parts of being a leader. The loss causes more work for the leader, less efficiency in the team in the...

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