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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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Precious

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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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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