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Lessons from Batman: Enter the cave

Posted on December 31, 2016 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” - Joseph Campbell


 

As a young boy I always admired athletes. Growing up in a small seaport town with a strong history of winning sports teams bread the idea in me that good athletes are on a higher level than the rest of the population. As I have since grown up and crossed paths with countless astonishing athletes; some world class fantastic and admirable people and others with piss poor eth...

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On Being Brave & Bold

Posted on December 22, 2016 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (1)

Very rarely do I meet anyone who does not desire to improve their life. Even the people who claim everything is great and simply want to keep it status quo have something they wish they could do better. Yet, how often do you see people getting out of the rut and truly changing their lives. Unfortunately, not as often as we would like. Yes, people join groups and sign up for programs so they can claim they are making a difference, but how often do they actually take the action necessary to...

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What it Means To Be Alpha: Serotonin, the leadership chemical

Posted on November 16, 2016 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

It seems that everyone in today’s society wants to be an Alpha (fe)male. They see a picture of a wolf with a quote about being a lonely wolf at the top or a cowardly sheep at the bottom then race to their friends section on Facebook and start deleting everyone…well, not quite but they definitely attempt to justify why no one wants to sit next to them at the cafe.


 

Regardless, Alphas are top dog, they get what they want and bow down to no one, right? ...

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Why We Follow Our Leaders: Trust, Symbols, and Purpose

Posted on November 13, 2016 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Leaders are such because they are the ones who venture into the unknown. They go first and take the risk, leading those who choose to follow into unknown territory. What is it that followers see in leaders which allows them to put their faith in another individual? People it turns out have an innate tendency to form communities. Stretching back as far as the dawn of the cognitive revolution roughly 70,000 years ago people started imagining reality which allow them to form small bands. T...

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The OODA Loop: An essential part of victory

Posted on October 1, 2016 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

My college cross country coach would always remind us, if we are not moving forward, we are moving backwards. He had a great point, we always have to be aware of where we are, what’s going on around us, and what we need to do to improve the situation.



 

John Boyd was an American military strategist in the mid-late 20th century who is perhaps one of the must underrated figures in military ...

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The Duality of Choice: How leaders make hard decisions

Posted on September 18, 2016 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Throughout our day we are constantly reminded of the duality of life. From physical forces such as north and south on a magnet to symbolic representations such as the symbol ying and yang. Even our emotions are described to us as opposites, love and hate, happy and sad. Leadership is no different. Leaders are constantly challenged by the duality of life. Every day leaders are presented with challenging decisions regarding the constant battle between expansion and sustainment.


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Being a Survivor is Being a Leader

Posted on September 17, 2016 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

President George Washington is arguably the United States most well-known leader. As a great leader we know him from the revolutionary war, the French Indian War, a cherry tree, and the dollar bill. Little is known about Washington as a survivor. As a young man, George Washington was an explorer when gentlemen of his caliber were not exploring the wilderness. Although he started his career surviving battles that seem based more upon folklore than fact, he went on to lead the forefront of b...

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What is Coaching Theory?

Posted on August 6, 2016 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Coaching theory is a systematic process for leaders to coach their teams to victory regardless if its a sports, corporate, or family team. All managers need a plan to succeed, but truly effective leaders encompass an evolving methodology which adapts to their changing situation.


 

Coaching theory involves four features that a leader must continuously develop if they wish to constantly improve themselves as a leader. The features are:

 


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Research Basics: What is research and why is it important for coaches?

Posted on July 28, 2016 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I am a firm believer that nine times out of ten science proves what coaching discovers. Generally speaking, I have always noticed a trend in research where areas gaining in popularity with coaches become the focus of research after the fact. Although the two worlds (coaching and scientific research) should be left to their respective professionals, it doesn’t hurt for coaches to have a little background on what research is and how it is conducted on a basic level. Even if it’s ...

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Chris' Five Steps to Accurate Problem Solving

Posted on June 9, 2016 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

It was a cloudy late spring afternoon and I was sitting on my day relaxing and thinking about life when my overactive brain started focusing on what is the best way to solve problems.


 

The nature of this question is a problem in itself so as I dived into it I payed special attention to how I was actually answering my questions. I started thinking about what a problem is and what they mean and the obvious answer is problems are questions that need to be answered....

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