How to live a breakout life
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How to live a breakout life

photo by Adrian Olguin, www.adjam.com.au Used by permission I was speaking with one of my employees, a retired Air Force officer, when I mentioned some of the countries we had visited and what we had done there. My visits were seldom for tourism. Most always I was working. The retired officer then made what I...
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Excuses won’t help you, reasons will.

"Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses." George Washington Carver Excuses won’t help you, reasons will. Why? Those who hired you and look to you don’t care how rough the water is, they expect you to bring the boat in. Yes, you. Leadership is a problem solving proposition...
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How to measure confidence
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How to measure confidence

Confidence, on the job, is the result of adequate self-esteem and a certainty of one’s ability to fulfill the job requirements. Confidence within an employee or an associate is directly related to their likelihood of fulfilling a task. Therefore, confidence is one of the two components you as a leader will need to be able...
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3 types of confidence leaders must measure
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3 types of confidence leaders must measure

On the Velocity Channel I watched a reality show about a classic car restoration shop in Canada. In the episode I saw, the owners of the shop had hired an apprentice mechanic. After a few months on the job they considered him worthy of increased responsibilities, so they gave him a project to manage. As...
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The quality of confidence – lessons from Flight 1549
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The quality of confidence – lessons from Flight 1549

  Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, was born January 23, 1951 in Dennison, Texas, to a dentist father and an elementary school teacher mother. An exceptional student with a brilliant mind, he joined Mensa at the age of 12. After graduating from high school, he entered the US Air Force Academy. Already a competent pilot, he was...
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The Principle of Good Faith
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The Principle of Good Faith

Back when I wrote a series called Power Plays, one of the articles dealt with the practice of authority (read it here). I made the following points within that article: Authority is both delegated DOWNWARD and awarded UPWARD. You authorize someone for a particular job. They grant you authority to oversee and hold accountable. When...
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The work ethic and common sense of Elbert Hubbard
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The work ethic and common sense of Elbert Hubbard

He started out a dedicated socialist although what he meant by socialist as defined in his own writing would not be what the word generally is understood to mean these days. When describing himself as a socialist he said… “I believe in every man working for the good of self; and in working for the...
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Keeper Trait #11 – Truthfulness
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Keeper Trait #11 – Truthfulness

The tasks of evaluation, decision-making, and determining action are constant for leaders and managers. We must, from start of day to its close, gather information, qualify that information, and prescribe appropriate responses. This requires intelligence and I mean that in the broader sense of information and intelligence gathering not just in the “smart” sense. Leaders...
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Keeper Trait #3 – Emotional and Psychological Security
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Keeper Trait #3 – Emotional and Psychological Security

You’ve encountered them, those insecure types who have a point to prove, weight to throw around, and a chip on a shoulder they are just hoping someone will knock off. Ok, it does sound like a cliché festival but it is true. (Clichés became clichés because their observations are both obvious and common.) Remembering that...
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