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Window to the World

There is a window to the world for each of us.  A small opening to a bigger picture.  A viewing pane from what things ARE into what COULD be. Creating Experiences Prior to Christmas, it hit me.  Our daughter Ashtyn is a junior in high school, she is more than halfway through this school year.  That means in less than a year and a half, she graduates. I decided that instead of a bunch of stuff for Christmas that I would surprise her and Shannon with a trip to New York City, New York.  The time in which we have to create experiences is dwindling. Window to the

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Wrestling With Questions

Wrestling with questions is a productive use of time for a leader.  Questions lead us in the direction of answers.  Towards a better place to make good decisions.   Wrestling Several of the last few blog posts have been anchored in the sport of wrestling.  As my son Grant wrapped up his freshman season, it created a lot of connections between the sport and leadership.  While wrestling is in the title this week, this one has nothing to do with the sport. Women’s Leadership Summit I had the unique experience this week to speak at the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association’s Women’s Leadership Summit in Kennesaw, Georgia.     Two

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End of Seasons

End of seasons are inevitable.  In life and leadership, all seasons come to an end.  Someday, somehow, all seasons are certain to end. End of Seasons My son, Grant, wrapped up his freshman high school wrestling season this weekend.  He and seven of his Allatoona High School teammates placed at their regional championships which earned them an opportunity to compete at the Georgia High School Association’s sectional tournament this past weekend.  To advance to the state tournament, they would have to place in the top six at sectionals.  Those that didn’t, would experience their end of season.  For four of them, more was on the line.  They were

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A Cup of Coffee

A cup of coffee is a small cost to invest BIG in our leadership journeys.  Coffee is a starter of the day and a starter of conversation.  It can be the great connector of people.  First Cup of Coffee    I did not start drinking coffee until I was twenty-seven years old.  Loved the smell of it, didn’t care much for the taste of it.  On Saturday, August 8, 2009 that all changed.  See…two days prior to that…our son Grant was born.  He didn’t sleep worth a flip!  We were sent home from the hospital late Friday afternoon.  I had a game to coach early that Saturday.  With

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Place vs Potential

What is more important when selecting a team member, place or potential?  Think about it this way.  Place is where a person is currently AT, potential is where a person could GO. I find this a regular dilemma in the process of selecting team members.  Does experience, i.e. where you are at, outweigh potential of where someone can go?  It is a critically important question to ask oneself.  Selecting a Team Your heart is pounding, beads of sweat appear on your face, hand on forehead, foot tapping, and clock ticking.  All eyes are on you, it’s your pick.  This single selection bearing down on you could make or

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Creating Extraordinary Experiences

Creating extraordinary experiences should be an important focus for any organization.  The ability to create experiences is something universal to any organization.  The question is, does the organization aim to create ordinary or extraordinary experiences?  Media Play My working career began at the age of 17 at Media Play.  The company is no longer in business.  It featured four major offerings: toys, CD’s, computers, and books.  If you know me or have followed this blog for any period of time, it would not surprise you that I landed in the book section.  But, if you knew me then, it would have been a shocker.  I can honestly say

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A Dream is a Vision

A dream is a vision.  Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream.  That dream was a vision of a better tomorrow…for everyone.  On August 28, 1963 Dr. King shared his dream from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in front of several hundreds of thousands of people.  His I Have a Dream Speech has now been heard by billions around the world over the last sixty years.  It is one of the most influential speeches in history.      Vision Whenever I get the opportunity to speak to an audience on leadership, I always include the concept of vision and what it means to me.  I believe that vision

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Winning Through Losing

Ever thought it was possible to win through losing?  Seems odd, huh?  Well…it happens in the sport of wrestling. This past weekend my son Grant and the Allatoona Buccaneer Wrestling Team competed in the Georgia High School Association’s Region 6AAAAAA Dual Meet Wrestling Championships. Wrestling Scoring System for Dual Meets For those unfamiliar with the sport, here is a quick breakdown.  There are fourteen weight classes on a wrestling team.  In a dual format, there are fourteen individual matches (if each team can fill each weight class).  There are four ways an individual wrestler can earn points for the team: Now that you are up to speed, let’s

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Butch Price

Butch Price is the epitome of community leadership.  He has faithfully served the Acworth Community for sixty years as an educator and elected official.  At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, he officially retired from our Board of Aldermen (city council).  The purpose of This Blog is to help leaders in local communities better others and the worlds they live in.  I firmly believe that leaders at the local level have the opportunity to intersect more lives and create a more lasting impact than any state or federal level leader.  One of my favorite things to write about is the people that make our community great. 

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The Greatest Leader

We all aspire to be the greatest leader in our own worlds.  A select few attempt to position themselves to be the greatest leader in THE world.  But…how do you become the greatest leader in human history?  Many have tried, but only one can take home the hardware. The world’s standard for leadership can be measured by the amount of territory, wealth, power, and authority that one amasses in a lifetime.  This line of thinking is significantly flawed.  The greatest leader that the world has ever seen was unconventional, he was uncommon. Here are four uncommon things that set the greatest leader of all time apart from everyone

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