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Training Leaders: When Ineffective Preparation Meets Guaranteed Opportunity

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It’s a beautiful thing when preparation meets opportunity. Thing is, society no longer values preparation. Proper preparation involves creativity. Creativity in organizations(education system, business world, the military) is naturally divested from leader to follower. However, creativity has been marginalized largely from the organizations in which we subject ourselves to as individuals. Leaders in education, managers in…

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Real Leadership, the Superego, and the Hunger for Self-Approval

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What makes a great leader? It’s an age old question that has made executive coaches, business psychologists, and sociologists employable, constantly refining their assumptions on why and how we follow someone. The physical, the emotional and the mental makeup of leaders comes in a variety of forms. With the advancement of technology, pervasive arguments that…

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Your Absence of Passion Breeds an Absence of Leadership

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Why do you work where you do? 70% of all people in the American workforce are unhappy to work. So, if you are gainfully employed, there is a pretty decent chance you are feeling the internal struggle of enduring days of seemingly endless work that, in the grand scheme of your life, means very little…

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Eliminate Imposter Syndrome with Three Easy Steps

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Imposter Syndrome is a an absolute dream killer. Death by psychological wall that closes in on it’s victim, it is a phenomenon that wages war against inside the minds of the truly ambitious. For many have set out to accomplish great things. Lead a revolution. Shape the future. Only to have their minds land-mined  with thoughts…

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Why Great Leaders Were Passionate Well Before They Were Experts

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It’s a simple concept: In order to be a trusted leader, you have to become an expert. Expertise is built from credibility. Credibility comes knowledge acquisition. Knowledge acquisition comes from experience. Experience comes from trying, Trying comes from passion. We’ve been told by the great leaders to reverse engineer the process. As Gary Vaynerchuk puts…

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Ten Leadership Lessons Learned in Five Years Aboard Two US Naval Warships

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My first j-o-b upon graduation from college was way too good for me. I graduated from Annapolis in 2010 and was immediately thrust into our nation’s elite fighting force – America’s warfighters at sea. The first five years of my naval service was a large existential experiment that was trial by raging fire. Managing little…

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5 Daily Signs That Show You’re Ready as a Leader

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The small things make the biggest difference. Everybody knows how important first impressions are. A “first impression” takes 7 seconds to make. That tiny window for us to evaluate one another with typically no words exchanged. “First impressions” are not reserved for the first time. Rather, they transcend the “first time” into “every time” and…

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An Open “Thank You” Letter to All The Bad Leaders Out There

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I’m not a hater. Not a cynic. Nor a negative person. What I am is a huge believer in the paradox of value. The paradox of value (also known as the diamond–water paradox) is the apparent contradiction that, although water is on the whole more useful than diamonds with respect to human survival, diamonds command a higher price…

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