All Posts by Mike McKenna

Starve Fear in 3 Steps

  Fear feeds on a powerful combination of two ingredients: The incident that induces the fear (darkness, fire, snakes, falling, public speaking, etc.) The helpless feeling of not knowing how to respond to that incident. As responders, we’ve likely all been on the business end of a fear-inducing incident. However, most aren’t remembered that way […]

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Project Failure: Kill it before it kills you

Leadership

Avoiding Project Failure … Nothing says success like killing your project before even starting it, right? Let me explain. Picture this: You assemble your brain trust around the table to launch your next, big initiative. Saving the rain forest, responding to a disaster, overhauling the tax code, whatever. You – as the mindful leader – […]

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Ever had a Bad Apple in Class?

Bad Apples

Raise your hand if this sounds familiar … I had a guy in class a couple of year’s back who said in his introduction: “I am retiring at the end of this week. I don’t want to be here. I was told by my *(!&@^ boss to attend.” Of course it didn’t take long to understand […]

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Are you in CMS Compliance?

Ski Pad Emergency Evacuation Mattress

A couple of things I’m pretty sure of: The sun will set in the west. Out of 24 hours in your day, very little of it is consumed with thoughts of the who, how, when, why and where of an emergency evacuation of your facility. That’s why I strive for many of my articles to […]

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Flat Tires and a Leadership Case Study

LEADERSHIP Case Study

I was visiting my local tire shop recently for a periodic tire check and rotation. Unlike during their busy times when customers have to come inside and wait for service, I timed my arrival for a slower period. Two (2) of their associates came outside to greet me. One in front, hand outstretched, telling me […]

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3 Steps to Better Training

Personally I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.  ~ Winston Churchill Our language is a fragile thang, er I mean thing. In the epitomous 21 Reasons Why the English Language is Hard to Learn we are reminded that it is a small miracle that we can ever convey […]

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