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Flat Tires and a 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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Service Above Self

“I believe that rendering of useful service is the common duty of mankind and that only in the purifying fire of sacrifice is the dross of selfishness consumed and the greatness of the human soul set free.” ~John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (Service is #8 of his family’s 10 principles that he shared with the United […]

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Where do future leaders come from?

Future Leaders

All great leaders have a few things in common. One is that long before they were referred to as “great leaders”, they were referred to as “future leaders“. We all have to start somewhere, right?  Despite the 140-character, sound-byte world we live in, leaders don’t just eat a bowl of magic cereal to become great. […]

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Pendulums and Your Successful Drone Program

Drones (UAV – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and drone programs are a thing these days.  And despite some detractors, they are – and should be – here to stay. Through their human pilot operators … they’ve found impressive relevance in home inspections, disaster scene size-up and search and rescue for the lost and missing. But like most public technology, […]

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The 4 Parts to a Successful Mission Pre-Plan

Have you heard this story about “Bill” and his successful project pre-plan?  It goes like this … (and keep reading for a treat): Bill needs to clean his garage so his wife can park her new car inside before the summer heat arrives. Bill decides that before the end of Memorial Day weekend he’ll donate old items, […]

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