​​​​Amy Shick

Amy Shick

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Fayetteville, North Carolina

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Military Spouse Entrepreneur

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Military Spouse Entrepreneur

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"People First ..."


Why they're a Crisis Leader:


When I first contacted Amy about being interviewed, she selflessly made the case that her husband, a 20+ year US Army Infantry Officer with combat experience, would be a better fit.

While I hope to include her husband Jason in this project at some point, too, I’m sure glad she agreed to participate.

The insights, experience, and competence she’s gained as a military spouse and entrepreneur easily rival that of any other leader I interviewed for this project.

If you have any military experience, then you know the incredible crisis leadership role that the spouse performs, for their family, and for their extended military family. And the higher the rank of the service member, the more significant the expectations tend to be of the spouse at home.

In our interview and in our ancillary conversations, Amy spoke extensively about different “thought leaders” that inspire her to help guide her in her professional and private journey.

After spending some time visiting with her, I easily place her in the same category of inspiring thought leadership, and when you hear her insights, you’ll see why.


#1 "What is a Crisis Leader?"

Click to read a transcript of the answer "What is a Crisis Leader?"


#2 "What's an example when you relied on your own Crisis Leadership?"

Click to read a transcript of the answer "What's an example when you relied on your own Crisis Leadership?"


#3 "What do you know now that you wish you knew then?"

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#4 "What advice would you give someone who wants to improve their own Crisis Leadership?"

Click to read a transcript of the answer "What advice would you give someone who wants to improve their own Crisis Leadership?"


#5 "Who is a Crisis Leader that influenced your career?"

Click to read a transcript of the answer "Who is a crisis leader that influenced your career?"


Key Takeaways:

  • Rely on faith
  • Set emotions aside
  • Spring into action
  • Remove yourself from the problem
  • Educate yourself
  • Put people first
  • Define the outcome you want to achieve
  • Seek out other thought leaders to learn from
  • Build personal resiliency
  • Lead through vulnerability
  • Embrace diversity: different crises require different resiliency skills
  • Journal before, during and after a crisis to enable reflection
  • Learn lessons from each crisis to apply to the next crisis 
  • Train for, practice and evaluate the potential crisis
  • Assess and embrace your own strengths, weaknesses and leadership styles
  • Serving others is key to effective crisis leadership

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