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Just Do It, Quit.

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After one of my recent presentations at a CAI event, I hustled to the airport in time to arrive for my significantly delayed flight. I was still energized from the speaking engagement so sitting in silence was not an option. I struck up a conversation with a 30-ish, gentleman at my gate.

 

John worked in marketing and was flying through Dallas on his way to LA. I introduced myself, sharing with him my interest in leadership and motivation – and describing my enthusiasm for risk-taking. I realized I was preaching to the choir as he opened up about a difficult decision he had made a few years earlier.

 

John had gone to work for a mid-sized, family-owned business in the industrial coatings industry. He was hired as a marketing specialist and was told he would be responsible for the company’s social media efforts, newsletter, sales materials, etc.… John was young, energetic and passionate about doing a great job for his new employer.

 

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Right Where We Want Them.

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There’s a story about the legendary Marine, Lewis Berwell “Chesty” Puller that demonstrates an incredible level of optimism, swagger and leadership. It takes place during the Korean War. The Chinese had overrun the Yalu River at the China/Korea boarder, and Colonel Puller’s 1st Marine division was in a running fight with them to reach the coast.

 

The Marines were surrounded by ten Chinese divisions. Ten. But instead of expressing panic, concern or even doubt in the face of an overwhelming, opposition force, Chesty announced to his Marines, “Those poor bastards,” he said. “They’ve got us right where we want them. We can fire in any direction now!”

 

Puller was a Marine’s Marine – a genuine leader, a man who insisted his enlisted men eat first, and the most decorated Marine in America’s history. Puller was defiantly optimistic, no matter what he faced, and his men responded to that leadership. During another battle, Puller was quoted as saying, “All right. They’re on our left, they’re on our right, they’re in front of us, they’re behind us….they can’t get away this time.”

 

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Leadership and Parenting

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A real estate broker/pal of mine shared a very human incident that took place in his office a few months ago.

 

A new agent on his team, a young man in his late 20’s, who hadn’t been performing well, came to my friend and announced his decision to quit. This personable, new Realtor® (we’ll refer to him as “Bill”) was frustrated. He wasn’t securing new listings; he wasn’t closing deals for buyers. He was disillusioned, discouraged… and proclaimed that he was ready to do something else for a living. The interaction was brief, and the agent was committed to his exit. He informed the broker that he would return after the weekend to wrap things up. And he walked.

 

My friend wasn’t caught completely off-guard; the guy hadn’t been producing. But he did have the tools to be successful: he was sharp, funny, caring…not afraid to work. Plus, he was a good teammate. It would be disappointing, my friend thought, but real estate isn’t for everyone.

 

So, Monday rolls around, and the agent walks into my friend’s office promptly at 11:00AM to conclude his business with the firm. As the meeting was about to begin, my friend, a seasoned manager and leader, quietly asked Bill, “What are you going to do?”

 

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Commencement: A Great Time to End Political Correctness

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Each May millions of young Americans graduate with high school diplomas or college degrees. Their commencement ceremonies are part of a nationwide celebration of academic performance, of goals met, of unique abilities and special accomplishments.

 

I really like this time of year, and I enthusiastically congratulate recent graduates. As Americans we should recognize these young adults, honor their achievements and encourage them to pursue their life’s work with passion.

 

I also enjoy skimming through the commencement addresses that have received national attention – like actor Hank Azaria’s address at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, where he employed the voice characters he uses on The Simpsons to deliver some words of wisdom. In his “comic book guy” voice, Azaria deadpanned: “Life is like the Star Wars movies. Some of it is great. Some of it sucks. But you have no choice but to sit through all of it.”

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Understand, You're Going to Fail.

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Last month one of the best NBA players ever, called it a career. Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers played his 1,346th and final game, and he scored 60 points in his farewell performance.

 

Incredible, really.

 

Over his 20 NBA seasons, Bryant made 11,719 baskets and was selected to 18 consecutive All-Star Games. He led the Lakers to five NBA championships and earned two gold medals as a US Olympian. His work ethic is relentless, even legendary.

 

John Celestand, a rookie point guard from Villanova, who joined the Lakers in their ’99-’00 championship season, witnessed Bryant’s “Mamba Mentality” first hand:

 

“The first time I began to understand why he (Kobe) was the best was in the pre-season. In a game against the Wizards, Kobe broke the wrist on his shooting hand. He was always the first person to practice every day, arriving at least an hour and a half early," Celestand said. "This would infuriate me because I wanted to be the first person to practice, just as I had always been at Villanova and Piscataway High in New Jersey. To add insult to injury, I lived only 10 minutes from the practice facility — while Kobe was at least 35 minutes away.

 

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July 13 - Virginia Leadership Retreat - Risk: A Road Worth Traveling - Homestead Resort

July 19 - NACM - HOA Banking - Las Vegas, NV

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October 13 - Risk: A Road Worth Traveling - Troy, MI

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