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When The Good Leaders Are Gone

What do we do when the good leaders are gone?  Every generation has an inherent fear of who carries the torch.  Will there be someone to carry it? The Last Four Years World-wide pandemic, supply chain disruption, social unrest, global tensions, inflation, and unprecedented labor shortages.  Just a few of the challenges those who have led since January of 2020 have faced.  Tired, stressed, discouraged, criticized, defeated, short-handed, chaotic, disputed, questioned, imbalanced, instability, frustrated, overworked, isolated, challenged, disbelief, and anxious.  Just a few things that those who have led since January of 2020 have felt. Public servants, pastors, small business owners, police officers, educators, elected officials, restaurateurs, architects,

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How To Do More

How to do more?  That seems to be a question that we all wrestle with both personally and professionally.  The busyness of life and leadership demands more…but does not provide us with the necessary time to do more.  The world moves fast.  Our aspirations can exceed our abilities.  The intentions we have do not align with our direction.  We desire to do more, we just simply can’t.  Trying to figure out how to do more can be exhaustive at times.  We know what we want to do and where we want to go, it just seems like an insurmountable task to get there. So…since we don’t get more

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Where We Belong

Knowing where we belong is an important part of leadership.  The perspective puts us in the space and the place we are intended to be.  Coaching For the majority of my adult life, you could find me going from coaching baseball to football to wrestling.  Nonstop, year around.  One season to another.  I hung up my football coach whistle a few years ago.  I had always wanted Grant to play at a young age to develop discipline and have the opportunity to be a part of a team.  Once he got to middle school, it was his choice to continue to play.  He chose to focus on baseball

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Leaving Your Shoes

Leaving your shoes laying around is generally not a good practice.  It can spur getting your momma riled up, give dad something to trip over, or provide a snack for a new puppy.  Leaving Your Wrestling Shoes There is one place where the practice of leaving your shoes laying around is fully acceptable.  That location is in the center of a wrestling mat. It is a time-honored tradition for a wrestler to leave their shoes in the center of the mat after their last competitive match.  It symbolizes their retirement from the sport.  Olympic Trials  Wrestling has meaning in our household.  I was a wrestler, I coach wrestling,

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Person Behind The Title

There is always a person behind the title.  A job title is temporary in nature, a pathway to a paycheck that provides for our families and our future.  It is an important title, but not the most important one.     Umpires Many of my blog posts expand upon a thought from a random moment.  That moment came yesterday following our disappointing loss in the first round of the Training Legends 42 Classic, a tournament honoring the legacy of Jackie Robinson. As I was walking back to the dugout from shaking hands with the other team, the field umpire walked past me as he was exiting the field.  The

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Get Lost

Leaders need to get lost sometimes.  Nothing that requires a search and rescue mission…just temporarily lost!  Getting lost means having no plan, no direction, and no structure. If you have led for any period of time, I’m sure you may have been told to “get lost.”  Just not in a good way!  That is not the kind of getting lost I’m talking about.  Fort Payne, Alabama Last Friday I had the opportunity to get lost.  I ventured up to the Fort Payne, Alabama area.  The city is the home to the Country Music Hall of Fame Band Alabama and is the “Sock Capital of the World.”  There are

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Catching Eggs

Catching eggs…an unexpected concept that I read about today.  We are on vacation this week for spring break.  When at the beach, I always try to pick a book to start reading.  This week’s selection, Outlive by Dr. Peter Attia.  I’m just getting into the book, but he leads off with an interesting story about a reoccurring dream that he has.  In the dream, he is on a sidewalk in a big city.  He is attempting to use a padded basket to catch eggs that are falling from above.  Frantically running back and forth, he catches some and watches others splatter on the ground.  He gets so overwhelmed

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The Many Hats We Wear

The many hats we wear can determine the versatility of our leadership.  Hats are adaptive in nature.  They can match a uniform, complete an outfit, represent our favorite team, or even cover up messy hair.  They serve a variety of roles and fit a variety of situations. Leadership requires us to have a rack full of hats.  Ones that can be switched out as needed to adapt to the situation at hand.  Hats that help us meet the variety of roles and situations that are demanded of us as leaders.  If your world is anything like mine, there are days that can leave you flat out exhausted.  Days

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You Can Count on Critics

You can count on critics all day, every day. They can be counted on to be consistent and relentless in their efforts. You always know where they stand…on the other side of whatever you do.  Critics are simply Haters. Critics can be found everywhere.  They can be found on the living room couches during college football season, the bleachers of any youth sports activity, in board rooms, in hallways, the backseats of vehicles, the editorial section of newspapers, and especially in the comments thread on a social media post.  Sometimes they can even lie withing oneself.        John Maxwell says that, “When you get kicked in the rear, you know

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I Am A Winner

“I am a winner, he’s a loser” are the words I heard from the opposing team’s dugout this weekend.  In taking my stroll from the third base dugout to position myself in the first base coach’s box, I heard the opposing coach in a heated conversation on his phone.  Up until that point, I had heard him conversing with his assistant coach in the dugout.  The conversation was regarding another team they were responsible for in their program that was playing at the same time.  They were tracking that team’s progress on a live game feed. I’m not quite certain who he was talking to, but he wasn’t

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