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What’s your why?

I want to tell you the story of something that matters to me. The girls in this picture are the Jerao girls. The structure behind them is their new house my wife and I are helping build for them through the generous fundraising of friends and colleagues. I met the Jeraos in Panay, Western Visayas, Philippines last …

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You are the Resistance

You are the Resistance

To be human is to have passions, to seek out experiences which give you expertise, prestige, and even a little bit of magic. That said, your means of earning money should not require you to lock your heart in a box and set it on the shelf. If you do, you’ll die inside. It’ll take your body …

Initiative

Initiative

This article is part 4 of a many part series treating the Marine Corps Leadership mnemonic, JJDIDTIEBUCKLE Definition: Initiative is taking action even though you haven’t been given orders. It means meeting new and unexpected situations with prompt action. It includes using resourcefulness to get something done without the normal material or methods being available to …

Dependability

Dependability

This article is part 3 of a many part series treating the Marine Corps Leadership mnemonic, JJDIDTIEBUCKLE Dependability: The ability to carry out what is expected of you consistently. Isn’t this a better trait of for “followership”? I say no. I have noticed that a significant amount of training in organizations focuses on how to get your …

Justice

Justice

This is the first in a series of articles based on the Marine Corps JJDIDTIEBUCKLE concept. We of the Marine Corps have looked with happy amusement as so many of our honored leaders have been ushered into high levels of power, including General Mattis as Secretary of Defense. Chris Bolender treats the why, which I give thumbs up, …

Exhalt your team

Exhalt your team

A person might be smooth as oil, but if they executes power through distrust and duplicity, they’ll be deposed. And many questions will follow after him. Power in a position is one of the most difficult tests a leader can face. It reveals your inner soul or inner snake. In most organizations, the consent of …

When to swim with rats

When to swim with rats

I was once part of the greatest Marine battalion on earth. Trust me. Well, it was the greatest. Then we had a change of command and a new unit leadership came on board which was totally opposite of the previous commander and his vision. The new leadership crew had an odd fascination with the mundane. …

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