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“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
Albert Einstein

Extremely well trained. Reliably successful in highly dangerous environments. Superior situational awareness. Disciplined mental toughness. Sharpened self-control. Tech savvy. Self-starting. Elevated initiative. Take command mindset. Excellence under pressure. Hyper attention to detail. Innovative. Masters of situational and resource improvisation. Process dedicated. Respect for rules. Unassuming. Nerves of steel. Inspiring leaders. Protectors of life.

Bomb squad teams and their Commanders; Superheroes in anyone’s book, except for the playbooks of enemies.

I wanted to learn from these real-life, champions.… Read the rest “Business Wisdom Learned From Bomb Squad Experts And Their Commanders”

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“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
Leo Buscaglia

One day, it hits you. Hard. You realize that you wish you had done things differently. Bad decisions, hurtful actions, missed opportunities, mistakes that later resulted in a lingering sense of regret. Some weigh heavier than others, but regret can certainly be a tricky piece of emotional baggage to carry around.

Research study after study shows that each of us experiences short lived regrets for the dumb things we do in life…the time you dyed the cat green only to find out later you used permanent dye; or the time you stayed out too late partying only to walk into a calculus pop quiz in the morning.… Read the rest

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“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”
Meister Eckhart

In 1863, in the midst of a Civil War that had been raging for more than two years and shortly following the Union victories at Vicksburg and Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation to Americans:
“Set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving.” 
His wish for all of us was to “solemnly, reverently and gratefully” acknowledge the nation’s many blessings.

From our table to yours, and to the tables of our brothers and sisters who are serving, and have served, America’s call to be away from home and family during this special holiday, we send our solemn, reverent and grateful thanks.… Read the rest

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“…solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom.”
President Dwight D. Eisenhower

On November 11, 1918–after more than four years of bloody fighting by over 70 million soldiers from as many as 100 countries, an armistice was signed in France between the Allies and Germany bringing World War I to a close. At the time, H.G. Wells coined the term “the war to end all wars,” referring to the conflict that left more than 9-million lives on the battlefield and countless others forever changed.… Read the rest

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“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

Helen Keller

Whether we’re at work or at home, to varying degrees, those around us don’t value or see events, situations or issues the we do or in the ways we prefer they would. 

Chris R. Stricklin, writes in his most recent published Forbes piece, “Seven Lessons On Building Elite Teams For Disruptive Innovation,” that the first lesson in building elite teams is to “demand diversity of thought.” 

Chris knows a thing or two about leading elite teams. As a former United States Air Force Colonel and Thunderbird Pilot his leadership responsibilities included leading a force of 7000 highly trained military members.… Read the rest

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“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers who can cut through argument, debate and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.”
Colin Powell

Successful organizations possess numerous attributes that distinguish them from their competitors. Leadership is the key component that contributes to the success of these effective teams. At the helm of these organizations is the individual hired to lead, whether they are the commander of a military unit, the CEO of a large corporation or the head of maintenance at an aviation operations company.

I have had the opportunity to lead both small and large military units who were tasked with conducting search and rescue operations for the U.S.… Read the rest

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Originally published by Guest Author, Karen Ross, at sharpdecisions.com

No Longer Desperate for Work, Veterans Seek More Meaningful Careers
For veterans, underemployment is the new unemployment.

With the U.S. Labor Department announcing earlier this month that veteran unemployment has hit a historic low,veterans groups, advocates and veterans themselves are sounding a new alarm: underemployment.

The department cites that of the three million plus post-9/11 veterans employed in the civilian workforce today, less than 40 percent hold management, professional and related occupations.

My industry, technology, is part of the problem. For too long, technology executives have looked past veteran talent because they were seeking “industry experience.” In truth, veterans’ skillsets are highly transferrable.… Read the rest

The post Let’s Stop Talking About the Lack of Technical Talent, Corporate America: It’s Time to Close the Large Tech Skills Gap with Veterans appeared first on General Leadership.

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The more humble and transparent a leader is, the more effective he or she will be.
Michael Hyatt

Across my leadership journey, I have worked with and for many leaders. Some were very good, some good, and some not-so-good.  As I have reflected on each of those experiences, I recognized traits, skills, or abilities that each leader either possessed or was lacking. I came to identify these items as the “Key Ingredients” of a leader.  In my efforts to professionally development others to lead, these became focus points, in-depth topics, and the expected outcomes.

Character is the foundational element of an effective leader.… Read the rest

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“Finding a good bus driver can be as important as finding a good musician.”
Reba McEntire

If you’ve ever been to Pacific Heights area of San Francisco, California, you know the charm of Fillmore Street. This boutique chic, street is quintessentially SF trendy and has been for decades. If you know the street, you know Blue Bottle Coffee on the corner of Fillmore and Jackson. The place is the intersection of chic and coffee.

It was there, while seated outside, that I received a Master-level lesson in business management. My instructor was a San Francisco bus driver. His bus was on Jackson street about to make a right turn onto Fillmore.… Read the rest

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“If your action inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader”
John Quincy Adams

Anyone following the news these days is painfully aware of the divisiveness plaguing politics.  There exist far too many examples of leaders who seem to think leadership means making themselves look better by tearing down those around them. To use a construction metaphor, those leaders specialize in demolition rather than construction.

A foreman of a construction company is there to ensure a structure is well-built and will stand the test of time.  By starting with a solid foundation, ensuring the supports are strong and finishing with a sturdy roof, the foreman builds something that will be useful to the customer and continue to provide support to others for the life of its existence.… Read the rest

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