The Recipe for Community

The recipe for community starts with one key ingredient…its people.  Without that ingredient, the recipe just doesn’t work. The end product is bland, lacking in flavor. A community is simply a group of people that exist together. In an ideal community, everyone in a leadership position desires to better others and the world they live in. They want the people in their communities to have a great quality of life and will do what it

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Gratitude List

Every Leader should have a gratitude list, comprising of the people and things we are grateful for. One of the key differentiators between ordinary and extraordinary leaders is gratitude. GREAT leaders are GRATEful. In Last week’s post (Giving Away of Oneself) , we talked about the giving part of Thanksgiving. This week we dive into the other portion, gratitude. For me, I desire to be a grateful person. That desire does not always lead to

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Giving Away of Oneself

Giving away of oneself is what great leaders do. Leadership is about bettering others and the world we live in. In order to lead well, giving away of oneself is a necessary function. Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching. The season makes me think of two things, one is gratitude, the other is giving. Today, we settle into the latter…giving. The Struggle I don’t know about you, but leadership can be extremely rewarding while at the same

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Making Regular Deposits

Making regular deposits into relationships is one of the most valuable investments a leader can make.  In the world of banking, there are two types of transactions that can be made, a deposit and a withdrawal.  The same is true for people transactions in leadership. Financial deposits need to be made on a regular basis in order to pay the bills.  For example, your paycheck is deposited on a regular basis.  Your home’s mortgage or

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Leaders are Losers

Leaders are losers.  Odd concept, huh?  While it seems contrary to everything that we are taught about leadership, it’s true.  Leaders are fully capable of being losers.  In fact, it is a requirement of leadership. It is worth noting that this post is being written by one of the most competitive people you will ever meet.  I like to win, hate to lose, always have.  All my life I have participated in sports as a

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Hidden Foundations

All building structures contain hidden foundations. Foundations are the base of anything that is built vertically. They bear the weight of keeping everything on top of it structurally sound while being out of site, out of mind. This past week, we said goodbye to our Chief Building Official at the City of Acworth. Loyd Fasselt retired after twenty-six years of faithful service to our organization. He made a career out of reviewing designs for and

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Crunch Time

Sometimes our best work can be accomplished in crunch time. It’s nothing more than a pressure filled opportunity to do something great! Crunch time separates ordinary people from extraordinary ones. Ninety-four weeks ago I wrote the first Leadership and Main post. After years of staring at a vision that was going nowhere, it was time to buckle down and start writing. Since then, every Monday morning at 7:15 a.m., the subscriber email has gone out

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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

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That’s My Bad

“That’s my bad” can be commonly said when a person declares to others that they have made a mistake .  Being able to willingly admit that we made a mistake is a mark of a great leader. The National Football League and Major League Baseball are all in full swing right now. The guys who play these games are the elite of the elite in their professions. As you tune into the games, watch what

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Lowering Your Level

Lowering your level is an effective form of leadership.  President Abraham Lincoln once said, “No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.”  This is such a powerful statement.  I have spent my entire adult life coaching youth sports.  Whenever I felt it was necessary to connect with a player from a communication standpoint, I would always physically get down on their level to deliver the message.  It was a strategy

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Your Final Message

What would your final message be to those you love?  This conclusive message is the greatest piece of work that you will ever have the opportunity to produce.  It is a culmination of every decision, every experience, and the result of every single moment of your life. Your entire existence on earth, summed up in only thirty minutes. Imagine this scenario for just one moment with me. The stage is set, the big moment has

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The 3 Enemies of Empathy

There are three enemies of empathy that lie deep within all of us that can significantly impair our ability to connect with other human beings.  If asked, most people could not articulate the difference between the words sympathy and empathy.  While they align in some ways, there are a few degrees of separation that drastically change the intended impacts of their use.   Sympathy vs Empathy I have always believed that sympathy is when you have

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Unforeseen Conditions

Unforeseen conditions are unexpected and unavoidable.  They happen without our permission. Every leader WILL experience these conditions at some point in their journeys. I was Nineteen years old, a sophomore in college, working parks maintenance for the city, and venturing into adulthood when the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 happened. It was the most notable of unforeseen conditions in my lifetime. I got up that morning like every other American, got prepared for my

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Eight Qualities of Human Leaders

There are eight qualities of human leaders that separate ordinary leaders from extraordinary ones.  There are countless books, podcasts, videos, and articles on the subject of leadership.  The key component to any leadership style is the human element.  The human element may be the easiest to look over, but the most important overall.  When I think about those individuals that taught me true, genuine leadership, I first think about the quality human beings they are. 

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Clarity Above the Fog

There is always clarity above the fog. In the world of meteorology, fog is a collection of dense water particles that accumulates near the ground. The word fog can also be associated with a state of mind, one that leads to confusion and disorientation. Either way you look at it, fog makes it difficult to see and think clearly. Recently, I was headed for my weekend hike at Kennesaw Mountain. As I drove towards the

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Unlikeliest of Friendships

We can develop the unlikeliest of friendships in our lives.  These are people that intercede our journeys.  We connect with them, not because of our similarities, but mostly our differences.  A unique arrangement that can develop the strongest of bonds.       My friend Shirley passed away almost a year ago today at the age of eight-seven. The memorial service was delayed due to COVD-19. This past Saturday, her family honored her and her husband Red

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The Gravitational Pull Towards Ordinary

Every leader faces a constant gravitational pull towards ordinary. The existence of these opposing forces is undeniable and at times unstoppable. These daily forces can actively work against our ability to be extraordinary. The pull towards ordinary disrupts our intentions to do more and be more. Intention vs Direction I’ve heard it said two ways. Andy Stanley said, “Direction, not intention determines your destination” and Kyle Idleman said, “intention doesn’t determine direction.” Both statements draw

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The Full Story Helps

Whenever a leader receives information, the full story helps. Receiving a portion of the story, missing an underlying point, or being communicated to vaguely does not help a leader in their decision making. Having the full story helps, always. The Big Game The scene is a highly anticipated first round matchup between the defending Super Bowl Champion Acworth Warriors and the undefeated Hillgrove Hawks. An early season loss had impacted our seeding headed into the

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A Willingness to Better Others

Difference makers in local communities display the ability and willingness to better others and the worlds they live in. Everyone has the ABILITY TO, the key differentiator is WILLINGNESS. A select group of the willing are about to take the stage and assume their starring role in making their communities better. Their stage is the classroom. A Front Row Seat While I am not an educator, I have a solid perspective on the work they

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Every Jersey Tells A Story

On the sports field, every jersey tells a story. I grew up playing America’s past time, the great sport of baseball. The rules of the game required us to wear jerseys. The jersey usually had to contain the team’s name, the player’s last name, and the player’s number. The contents of a jersey can tell you a lot about the player. The stories are told through each meticulous stitch of fabric that displays their name,

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No Rain, No Flowers

Where there is no rain, no flowers grow, pretty simple.  Water is a necessary nutrient for any plant to grow.  When it comes to certain varieties of plants, their flower sets them apart. My family and I are at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida this week.  Sometimes, I will head into writing days with no topic.  I either pick one from a list in my Evernote or something comes to me that day.  While I

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Little Known Heroes

Little known heroes are hidden in the fabric of communities throughout this world. They operate in the smallest places and make the biggest difference. These little known heroes are the backbone of a community’s success…past, present, and future. The world would look a lot different if they didn’t exist. I Planted the Flag on my writing journey on January 6, 2021. Seventy-eight weekly posts and more than 100,000 words later, I can easily find myself

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Unexpected Moments, Unforgettable Memories

Unexpected moments, unforgettable memories. All of us work so hard in life to plan for those perfect moments with our favorite people. We spend extensive time and large amounts of money planning vacations, cruises, camping trips, and other memorable experiences just to fall short of unforgettable. The unforgettable memories are created in those experiences which are unplanned and unexpected.  Last Tuesday, I decided to text the kids towards the end of my workday and told

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Square Peg, Round Hole

Square peg, round hole is one of my go to phrases in moments of frustration.  It enters my mind and accelerates to the tip of my tongue in those moments.  I am grateful that it tends to stay there…most of the time!  There was a toy that most of us played with in our infancy.  It was a simple, wooden toy.  The toy set included a wooden mallet, three different shaped pegs, and three correlating

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Shortcuts Can Bypass

Shortcuts can bypass so many valuable lessons in a leader’s journey. One of my Father’s Day gifts to myself was a little solitude in the form of exercise.  I got up early before the rest of the fam did and hiked Kennesaw Mountain.  I hadn’t made the climb in a while, but it didn’t take long to see a new feature to the trail.  Shortly into the hike I saw a newly installed split rail fence. 

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Growing Tomatoes and People

The process of growing tomatoes and people have a lot in common. Yes, tomatoes and leadership! A gardener tends to the growth of plant, a leader tends to the growth of people. The intentions of a gardener and a leader are the same, growth of what they care for. There are nine and a half acres in Canton, Georgia that are extremely special to me. It is a piece of property that my Maw Maw

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The Dark Seasons of Leadership

No leader is exempt from dark seasons of leadership.  There are only two types of leaders, the ones who have walked through a dark season and the ones who are about to. That doesn’t sound very inspirational, does it? No matter how strong of a leader you are, consistently great is not realistic. There will be speed bumps and hurdles that create dark periods in our leadership journey. Darkness can invoke a lot of emotions: fear,

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Would I Give My Life for Others?

Would I give my life for others? That is a question I wrestle with internally every Memorial Day. In a weekend that can be dominated by sports tournaments, cookouts, and vacations it can be difficult to find the space and solitude to adequately reflect on the magnitude of this question. If you asked this question to most people regarding their immediate family and dear friends, the answer would be yes. But what if it was

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The Great Gift of Grace

We tend to lack the willingness to give the great gift of grace in this world. People are tired, stressed, and burned out. They are leaving the workforce in record numbers.  Energy, patience, and resilience are depleted with no time for replenishment.  This concept was placed on my heart through a discussion with our leadership team recently. We had just watched an episode of the Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast titled Leading Out of a Crisis.

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Playing the Long Game

Playing the long game is a good leadership strategy. My entire adult life has been spent coaching youth sports. Over those twenty-two years, I have learned that it’s not about winning early, it’s about winning later. I coach my son Grant’s 12U recreation baseball team.  We just wrapped up our spring baseball season this past Saturday by winning the Acworth Baseball League Championship.  We made an impressive run in the end of season tournament outscoring

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Fear Less

Throughout our lives we are told to be fearless, but isn’t it more attainable to fear less?  When I think of fearless, I think of the complete absence of fear.  That just doesn’t exist.  Regardless of how strong we may think we are, we will never be absent of it.  When I think of fear less, I think of minimizing it in our lives.  The same eight letters form each of these concepts, but one

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Aim or Fire?

Aim or fire?  Which one is it? Back in 2010, I served as the President of the Acworth Business Association.  As President, you are responsible for the recruitment of board members to serve during your presidency. Networking is a critical piece to the success of any local business association or chamber of commerce.  So, during the process of recruitment I reached out to a friend of mine, Parnick Jennings. He is a master networker.  Parnick

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Our Initial Investors

People who are the initial investors in something new are always positioned for a higher rate of return. Imagine what it would have been like to be an initial investor in Coca-Cola, Amazon, Google, Tesla, or any other company that has done extremely well in the stock market. You would probably be reading this post from your own island somewhere and not preparing to go to work!  I think I would be a professional beach

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Sustainable, Competitive Advantage

What is your sustainable, competitive advantage? That is a question I have been wrestling with for the last several days. Last Tuesday, we had the privilege of hosting Chick-fil-A Chairman Dan Cathy in Acworth, Georgia. He was gracious enough to come speak to our community as a part of a “Lunch and Learn” to raise funds for our Expanding Horizons Program. Thanks to the efforts of some community leaders in Ira and Kim Blumenthal, our

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Playing Catch

Playing catch can tell us more about leadership than one could ever imagine. There really isn’t anything in sports like a good old-fashioned game of catch. I have had the opportunity to experience the process as a player, coach, and now a father. Out of the three, the position of father is by far the best vantage point. Yesterday, our family wrapped up our spring break vacation in St. George Island, Florida.  I believe whole

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Building Leaders

Building leaders is what I will be doing this week.  Lots and lots of them.  Leaders of fluorocarbon complete with floats, beads, swivels, and circle hooks.  Fishing leaders!     My family and I will be visiting our favorite vacation spot, St. George Island, Florida. Direct subscribers to the blog received this post in their inbox at 7:15 a.m. Monday morning. About that time, I will be watching the sun rise over the Gulf of Mexico

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The Vantage Points of Mountains

The vantage points of mountains are comparable to those along our leadership journeys. Here in Georgia, we are experiencing the transition from winter to spring. That transition signifies warmer weather and the ability to get outdoors more often I tend to be a creature of habit. The same person, Katianne White, has cut my hair for around fourteen years. I prefer to schedule my haircuts early on Saturday mornings. Floyd’s Barber Shop is conveniently located

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What if Leadership

What if leadership leads to endless possibilities.  A sentence beginning with these two simple words, “what if,” can change the trajectory of a leader and an organization.  There are many great questions that can guide a discussion, but this may be the greatest of all.  You do not need me to explain how divided we are in the political world.  Watching the news or hanging out on social media for a few minutes can provide

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A Seat at the Table

All people desire a seat at the table.  When I think about this concept, I cannot help but think about a conference room table and the seats surrounding it.  There can be deep meanings behind the seats and characteristics of those that occupy them. First Things First Start with earning a seat, any seat. I firmly believe that if you want a seat at the table, you must position yourself to be essential to the

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Burdened By Others

Great leaders are burdened by others. At first glance, that appears negative, but in fact it is positive. When it comes to people, great leaders have a sixth sense for others. They have an innate ability to read people, produce gut feelings, and just plain “get it” when it comes to people. Here is the thing about these gifted leaders, they put the needs of others above their own. They place themselves second. In a

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The Currency of Freedom

What is the currency of freedom? Webster’s Dictionary defines currency as, “a medium of exchange.” For freedom to exist, the medium of exchange is courage, sacrifice, and fight. I have always considered myself someone who is incredibly grateful for the freedoms we have in this country. While I do not want to believe that I could possibly take freedom for granted, this week has caused me to reflect and question how deep that gratitude truly

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Unproductive Behaviors of a Leader

Unproductive behaviors waste yours and everyone else’s time and energy. So why do we continue to exhibit these poor behaviors? Most of the time, I try to write about the positive and inspiring leadership qualities we should possess. The qualities that produce productive behaviors that help us effectively lead our teams. Today we dive in nine behaviors that impede our ability to move forward in our leadership journeys. Before we dive in though, let’s set

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The Visitation Line

The words spoken in a visitation line can sum up a person’s entire life’s work. Every year, every month, every day, every hour, and every single minute of the impact of one’s life reduced to a single conversation. The words used can tell a significant story to a grieving family about the impact that their lost loved one had on others. Andy Stanley says, “the measure of someone’s life is what they gave away.” Great

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Great Leaders are Attractive

Great leaders are attractive. No, not attractive as in eye candy! Attractive as in magnetic. Magnetic leaders create attractive organizations that people are drawn to and want to be a part of. Have you ever walked into a room and been drawn to someone? In the magnetic way, not romantic. Focus! Like during a meeting when someone’s presence is just impressive. You know nothing about them, yet there something special. They are magnetic and you

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The Great Retention

Leaders can either accept the “Great Resignation” or create the “Great Retention” movement. The Great Resignation is grabbing headlines everywhere you look. Media outlets pounce on the opportunity to increase the weight of the heavy burden already being carried by so many leaders today. I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Tim Elmore of Growing Leaders speak a couple of months ago. He shared a staggering statistic that 10,000 people a day are leaving the

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The Walk-On

On college campuses across the nation there are dreamers who desire to be, “the walk-on.” High school athletes who may have failed to draw the necessary attention or flew under the radar. They may have lacked the natural abilities or tools the recruiters desired, but were gifted with the grit and determination to prove people wrong. Their ambitions are buried in a dream of playing for a school they always desired to play for.  

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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. 

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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What Champions Are Made Of

Ever wanted to know what champions are made of?  Look no further than the 2021 Atlanta Braves who just won the Major League Baseball World Series.  If you are a fan of one of the twenty-nine other teams who did not win it, just bear with me.  There are plenty of lessons packed into the Braves championship run that will benefit you in your season of leadership. Being a Georgia native, I have been a

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What Is Serendipity?

What is serendipity? I would venture to bet that most people cannot rattle off the definition of this word without looking it up or using the Google. My vocabulary may not be the most expansive, but I have known this definition by heart since the age of sixteen. In the rare circumstance the word comes up in conversation, I end up seeming smarter than I really am for knowing it! I started playing football and

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Unconditional Service

Unconditional service is the mark of a great leader. According to Webster’s Dictionary the word unconditional is defined as, “not conditional or limited.” Therefore, the concept of unconditional service comes with no strings attached.  Nothing is expected in return. Serving others who can do nothing at all for you in return is the ultimate form of unconditional service.  A few weeks ago, I got to attend one of my favorite events of the year, the

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Landscaping and Leadership

Landscaping and leadership both require growth.  I had the opportunity to connect over Coffee with Reagan Hines last week.  Reagan owns Lakewood Landscape Management in the community and has followed Leadership and Main since the beginning. We share a mutual interest in landscaping.  His business is landscaping.  My career started in that world with the maintenance of parks and sports fields.  That experience gave me a decent understanding of what goes into landscaping.  It grew

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How Great Coaches Win

Want to know how great coaches win? Styles vary, but they all have several things in common.  Key factors that separate good coaches and great ones.    One thing has been consistent in my thirty-nine years of existence on planet earth, sports. Either as a player or a coach, sports has always been a part of my life. As a player and coach, our teams played against great teams which were led by great coaches.

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Driving While Influencing

Great leaders could get busted driving while influencing every day. I caught my grandfather doing this in one of the most influential car rides in my life. The moment took place as a nine-year-old in the back of his extended cab Ford Ranger. I don’t mean the spacious crew cabs of today, but where the seats faced each other and shoulder room was limited! Paw Paw and his friend Billy were having a conversation in

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Leaders Should Vacation Well

Leaders should vacation well.  I regularly write about a group I am in with some leaders in our local community.  In one of our discussions over lunch, we talked about this concept that leaders should vacation well.  We work hard to perform well in our career, but do we apply the same effort to vacation well?  Our work worlds move fast.  We run ourselves in the ground to a point where we desire and look

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Coffee

Great leaders invest in breakfast, lunch, and coffee with others.  These three meeting opportunities are a minimal financial investment with a high potential for rate of return.    What if I told you that for $20 you could spend one hour with someone who has walked through the season of struggle you are currently in and came out on the other side?  Would you pay $15 to be able to learn all the secrets of

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Where Were You When

Where were you when?  Depending on your generation, we all have an answer or answers to this question.  Moments that intersected history that stopped the world in its tracks.  Maybe it was a shuttle explosion, an assassination, the death of a prominent figure.  Most of these moments are grounded in tragedy.  For me and my generation, it was September 11, 2001.    My friend since Middle School, Steven Oser and I were driving North on

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Extemporaneous Creates Memorable Experiences

Extemporaneous creates memorable experiences.  My preference is to be planned and prepared in life.  While these qualities have served me well in leadership, it can also restrict opportunities for adventure.  When you Google the word extemporaneous it defines it as, “done without preparation.”  That goes against my natural inclination.  My buddy Todd Lollis shot me a text last Saturday to see if I wanted to go to the Duke’s Mayo Bowl Classic featuring the number

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Emergency Hugs

Emergency hugs can change the world. I remember it like it was just yesterday. It was a brisk, fall evening in 2019 when the concept of emergency hugs came into existence. We were wrapping up football practice with conditioning as we usually did. As a result of their inability to follow instructions set forth by the coaching staff that fateful evening, the boys made the decision to participate in additional conditioning! Typically additional conditioning under

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Don’t Walk Past Trash

Leaders do not walk past trash in their worlds.  There are two people in my world that have set this example for me.  Through their actions, not their words, they inspired me to emulate their behavior.  I watched my pastor Mike Linch and good friend Andy Duncan do this. Whether they knew I was watching or not. From their vehicle to the front door of the office, they collect trash on the way. This week

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Calling Plays

The art of calling plays in football can translate to leadership. High school football kicked off this past Friday in Georgia. That means college football is not far behind! Up until this year, it meant coaching youth football for me. For twenty-one years I coached at the youth level.  Nineteen of these were as a head coach.  When I served as the head coach, I was the offensive coordinator and called the plays. There is

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Choices Are Everything

Choices are everything in life. Do you desire to be more successful? Yes? Then, let’s share a not very well-kept secret: successful people generally make better choices than not so successful people. Duh … But now for some hopeful insight. I contend that there are only four choices in life: I choose my attitude. I choose between short-term gratification and longer-term development. I choose whether or not to take a risk. I choose my associates.

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Teachers Are Rock Stars

Teachers are rock stars, plain and simple. As students head back to school, we want to take an opportunity to celebrate one of our favorite community leaders, teachers. Their summers are winding down, classrooms are getting prepared, sneak-a-peeks are taking place, and the first day of school is staring down at them. Teachers hold a special place in my heart for two reasons. One, my amazing wife is a second grade teacher. She is a

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How We Wait Matters

How we wait matters.  Waiting is inevitable in our worlds. It may be for your future spouse, your first child, a position, test results, or anything in between.  One of the most problematic things for us as human beings is that we are not wired to wait.  One thing that Shannon and I strive to do for our kids is to create experiences.  A couple of weeks ago, we took the kids to Universal Studios

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It Takes a Village To Raise a Leader

It takes a village to raise a leader.  You have likely heard a similar and more common version of this phrase, “it takes a village to raise a child.” Well, it applies to leadership too. In my world specifically. My story is unique. I was born, raised, educated, built a career, and am currently raising a family in my hometown of Acworth, Georgia. It is a rarity these days. Not too many people get this

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Shane

I will never forget where I was sitting when Mike Linch — the long-time Senior Pastor at NorthStar Church — called me with an invitation to come and serve on his staff. A long-time friend, I was humbled he would even consider me for such a role! After months of prayerfully considering his offer, my wife and I agreed that there was no question, God was guiding us to NorthStar. Even before we officially arrived,

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Making Turns Is Required

Making turns is required to get to your destination.  Very rarely are our journeys a straight shot.  Life is a series of intersections with decisions to make on which way to turn.     Last Monday started off just like every other workday for me.  I am a creature of habit.  My routine consists of getting up, taking a shower, getting dressed, taking my vitamins, reading my Bible, grabbing a cup of coffee and heading out

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How Gardens and Leaders Grow

Gardens and Leaders Grow. My grandfather, affectionately known as Paw Paw, lost his battle with cancer a little over ten years ago. He was one of my heroes. He taught me about gardening and life. In 1996, he and my grandmother (Maw Maw) purchased nine and a half acres in Canton, Georgia.  The property was simply referred to as “The Land.” His prized possession at The Land was a garden. I used to spend my

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Fatherhood Is An Awesome Responsibility

Fatherhood is an awesome responsibility. I became a father in August of 2007 with the birth of my daughter, Ashtyn Ann. She was born at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Georgia. Before we got cleared to leave the hospital, we were required to watch a video. It is intended to give you a crash course on how to care for this new human being you are now responsible for. Once you leave, there are no

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Fire is Dangerous, Home is Safe

Fire is dangerous, home is safe.  I had made the drive down McPhail Drive thousands of times in my life.  I rode the school bus home from Acworth Elementary this way, rode home with my dad from ball games this way, rushed home to make curfew as a teenager this way, and drove with anticipation of telling my parents they were going to be grandparents this way.  One fateful Thursday morning, the drive down the

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Ike

General Dwight David Eisenhower, or also known as “Ike,” is one of the most underrated leaders the free world has ever seen. Two weekends ago, our country celebrated Memorial Day.  Tucked in behind Memorial Day, unfortunately a lesser celebrated event, is the anniversary of D-Day. On June 6, 1944 allied forces under the leadership of General Eisenhower executed one of the largest coordinated military operations in world history, code named Operation Overlord. My grandfather, known

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Some Gave All

“All gave some, some gave all.”  Most would know country music artist Billy Ray Cyrus for his hit song Achy Breaky Heart or as the father of Miley Cyrus.  He was lesser known for a song that rings so true on Memorial Day, Some Gave All.  Summed up, the song is about a valuable lesson a character named Sandy Cane, a Veteran, shared with the singer of the song. Memorial Day honors those individuals who

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