Leadership and Main

Bettering Others and the World You Live In

What is in Your Life’s Blueprint

What is in your life’s blueprint? One of the greatest orators to ever walk this earth, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., asked this critically important question to a group of junior high students from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in October of 1967, a few months before his life would be taken way too soon. I can’t help but think about what it would have been like to be a teenager sitting in the room that day. To hang on to every word as he rested one arm on the podium and used the other to point at you for emphasis. Could those young people ever had imagined that they were

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Winning the Pregame

Winning the pregame is a necessary step in positioning a team to win the actual game. Pregames are won through routines. Behind every great coach, there is a pregame routine. The same goes for our leadership world. “Straight line, look straight ahead, helmets in your right hand, not a word.” That was how our pregame routine started when I coached football. That is when the switch flipped from unstructured to structured, from a regular day to game day. We headed over to the pregame certification sixty-five minutes before game time. Once we completed the process, we walked over to our warmup area. Upon arrival, we stretched the same

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Plant the Flag On Your Dream

Have a dream, plant the flag, go! Planting the flag is a necessary step in making a dream a reality. Too often we have dreams, but never get traction. We spin our wheels in a mud pit of excuses. Then we get stuck, and go nowhere. My writing time is on Sunday evenings. When I positioned myself at the laptop, fully prepared to go in a completely different direction, it hit me. Exactly one year ago today I sat down to write the very first Leadership and Main post. It is easy to look back fifty-two posts later and forget the spinning of my own wheels that almost

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The Tale of Two Mornings

Christmas can create the tale of two mornings for us. I heard it said that there are four phases of our lives. One, we believe in Santa. Two, we stop believing. Three, we become Santa. Four, we start to look like Santa! Growing up, every Christmas Eve we would visit my grandparents’ house. As a child, I vividly remember the ride home. My brother and I would gaze out the window looking into the sky for any trace of Santa’s sleigh. If it moved, if it blinked, we thought it was the big guy! We wanted to race home so Santa didn’t skip our house. When we got

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If I Disappeared Tomorrow

If I disappeared tomorrow, would anyone notice?  Pretty deep question, right? This is the most important question you can ask yourself to measure your essentialness as a leader.  Actually, probably as a human being.  It may seem like oversimplification, but it is such a critically important one. This is a question that should burden us and stir our emotions daily. I first heard this in the context of how it applies to a civic club.  If the club disappeared tomorrow would the community know?  In this particular case, the answer was no.  The community would not have noticed, the organization was not making an impact in the lives

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Commitment Towards Growth

Every leader must make a commitment towards growth. There’s no middle ground in leadership. You are either growing or not. Living or dying.  Plain and simple. When a leader feels as though they have reached the point that they do not need to grow, that is called complacency. Complacency is coasting. Rick Warren says, “the problem with coasting is that you’re headed downhill.” The only direction complacent leaders can go. On December 17, 2019, I made a personal commitment towards growth. After staring at the giant of starting Leadership and Main for years, one simple social media post slayed the giant. I planted the flag and said coming

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Even A Superhero’s Cape Gets Tattered

You may have to look closely, but even a superhero’s cape gets tattered. A quick Google search of the word tattered produces the result, “old and torn; in poor condition.” Synonyms include worn, ragged, run down, and frayed. In the movies, a cape can be an identifying mark of a superhero. It can represent one of many superpowers such as the ability to fly. Some of the most legendary superheroes of all time wore capes. Batman, Super Man, and Wonder Woman just to name a few (look…I found a couple of pictures of Wonder Woman wearing a cape, plus she can fly, just run with it). Great leaders

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The Ungratefulness of Leadership

A blog post title of Ungratefulness of Leadership could be misleading to the reader. When you first read it, your mind will go one of two ways.  It may go in the direction of ungratefulness you feel from the people you lead or the ungratefulness from those we follow. Neither of these apply to the direction we are going to go. A few years back, we were studying a book with our leadership team. I do not recall the specific book, but I do recall a moment from a follow up group discussion that stuck with me. Whatever the topic was, we were on our high horse as

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The Power of Stories

We can easily underestimate the power of stories in leadership.  We all have a story, they just read differently. Our stories are written in different fonts, sentence structures, and lengths. Some are written in blogs, told in front of audiences, or shared over a campfire. Our stories are one of the most powerful tools we have in connecting with another human being. My first job was at Media Play. Media Play was a retail store with a computer section, CD section (compact disk for the younger readers), toy section, and a book section. They no longer exist, and I think I know why.  Their hiring practices were highly

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Stewardship of the Seat

Leaders are responsible for the stewardship of the seat they sit in. Every leader currently occupies a seat in their leadership journey in the form of a position.  Stewardship in leadership is taking good care of the people and the organization while you are serving in that seat.  Do not confuse it for ownership.  Ownership is more permanent and possessive.  We do not own the seat, we are simply stewards of it.  My first seat in leadership was as the Director of Parks, Recreation, and Community Resources for the City of Acworth.  I served in that role for more than sixteen years before being appointed City Manager back

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