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Speaking champion

Throughout the month of February, we have a rare opportunity to hear a language that to many may seem foreign. It is one that only happens every two years. It’s the language of champions. From Friday, February 9th to Sunday, February 25th, we get to hear this language...

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The inevitable transformational shift

Last week, Solutions 21 hosted Leadership Day Pittsburgh, an event that focused on the discussion surrounding paradigm-shifting strategies for 21st-century leadership and what it takes to attract and retain top talent. Our team assembled an impressive and diverse...

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Ounces

This past week, I was prepping for a few interviews with local media outlets to discuss the first-ever Leadership Day Pittsburgh when mid-conversation my mind drifted to the Gatorade commercial from last year that features J.J. Watt. Talk about good marketing! I will...

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C’mon man XII

I understand that the rule of thumb is to bite your tongue when conversing with friends and family over the holidays. Even greater than this particular rule of thumb is the almost universal rule to keep religion and politics out of the conversation in an attempt to...

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Riding shotgun

With the onslaught of constant media, information, and online stimulation, I tend to see trends in written communication that catch my attention – reticular activating system, anyone? One of these trends that seems to be covered on every platform lately is “coaching”....

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The airborne spider

Spiders are some of the most courageous paratroopers in the world. As a paratrooper in the Army most of my career, 63 of my best friends and I would routinely jump out of planes, rapidly assemble in the dead of night, and move on to do the Nation’s bidding. I remember...

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Slaying dragons

Have you ever set out on a conquest to solve a huge problem your organization faces, certain that you have a solution nailed? You gain buy-in from your team and, with confidence in your analysis, the organization commits time and resources to solve the problem. Things...

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The shaded view

We are all victims of our experience - be that positive or negative. For the 6% of our Nation that are Veterans, November 11th takes on a unique meaning for each of us. This past weekend, I spent Veterans Day with several friends discussing the realities of what it...

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The leadership toolbox

I fondly remember growing up and helping my father carry his toolboxes to various jobs. My father ran a side business where he repaired and installed furnaces, air conditioners, hot water tanks, etc. He also was called upon by folks who needed miscellaneous repairs...

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Boomerang Employees = Good Investment. Seriously?

I recently read an article about “boomerang” employees, which is defined as occurring when companies hire former employees. Apparently, 40% of companies hire employees that have previously left their company. That begs a question the article didn’t address: Do 40% of...

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