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I never knew you were my mentor

I suppose I’ve had mentors over the course of my professional career. Sometimes I knew it and sometimes I didn’t. On some occasions, my ignorance was due to appreciation – I was just glad to get a few pointers. On other occasions, my ignorance was founded – the advice...

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Drilling it

Yelling. Chaos. Barking orders. It’s how Hollywood portrays military life. This view of the professionals I served with for over 27 years is skewed. Flavored by the extremes of opinion. I think I have seen every war movie made since the 1940s, and they are nothing...

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Leadership scotoma

While discussing our Next Leader Now program with our President at Solutions 21, Buddy Hobart, I was introduced to a new word that has since expanded my vocabulary. The word: Scotoma. Simply defined, the word scotoma refers to a blind spot. Something we all have, no...

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Breaking the cycle

There is a vicious cycle that organizations in today’s 21st-century workforce can’t seem to break. Executives ask us, “How do we retain young high performers?” Only to defend their current strategy by stating, “We are putting them through programs and giving them what...

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Hard pill to swallow

If you are a subscriber to my blogs, you know that my dad is a legendary high school football coach in the state of Pennsylvania. As such, I grew up around sports and immersed in competition from an early age. Heck, I knew the most intimate inner workings of the game...

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Blood in the water

How much energy does a pack of killer whales have? They thrive on one another, often moving into a feeding frenzy when they smell blood in the water. Given the opportunity to feed, they take advantage of it. What is even more interesting is that they hunt as a pack,...

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I recently read an article that was published in The Washington Post about the importance of “soft skills” according to 21st-century workplace powerhouse, Google. And while this isn’t the first time these skills have been researched or discussed, there is an issue...

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Get to work

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: we – the 21st-century workforce – are still failing to intentionally develop the leadership skills that are absolutely essential to organizational growth and success. All the while facing a time of disruption and evolution...

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