Leadership and Main

Inspiring a Generation of Community Leaders to Make the Turn from Ordinary to Extraordinary

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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Upward Feedback Is Critical

Upward feedback is critical to a leader’s growth trajectory.  It is an angle of feedback that is rare.  This form of evaluation comes from an important vantage point.  The most valuable resource you have.  The people you lead.  In my professional world here in Acworth, Georgia; I have the opportunity to serve as our community’s Director of Parks, Recreation, and Community Resources.  We have incredible Organizational Depth as an organization and have intentionally recruited and

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Glue Holds Things Together

Glue holds things together.  There is craft glue, wood glue, spray glue, hot glue, super glue, and may other types.  We were introduced to glue in Kindergarten with the simple instruction not to eat it!  Later in life we learn to use it in arts and crafts projects, to build things, and fix things.  I have even used super glue to keep the sole of my shoe on to get through a round of golf. 

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Ann

For over 30 years my mother, Ann Linch, sat in a bank chair right off the Main Street in Fayetteville, Georgia.  If you lived in that growing community in the late 1970’s through the early 2000’s, there is a pretty good chance that you knew my mom.  She may have opened your first checking account, gotten you set up with your financials to buy your first home, or helped you set up a plan to

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Haters Are Abundant

Haters are abundant. Webster’s Dictionary defines a hater as, “a person who actively and aggressively criticizes and disparages something or someone.”  In the Leadership and Main thesaurus, some synonyms of hater include critic, Debbie Downer, and discourager.     I so wanted to call this post, “Haterade: the official sports drink of critics,” but I did not. In a quick Google search it appears there are already beverages out there with the name and some heightened

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Community Carpenters

Carpenters are known for building things. They generally build things out of wood. One of the processes they play an integral role in is the construction of a house. They are responsible for the framing (walls, floors, trusses) and finish work (trim, cabinets, doors, molding). Good carpenters are worth their weight in gold. Community leaders build things too. They prefer to build programs and projects using people as the material of choice.  They are community

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Building Depth In An Organization

Building depth in an organizations critical to its growth. One of the keys to being successful in team sports is to have depth in your organization. Whether you lead school, police department, local government, small business, non-profit, church, or any type of organization, this is no different for you. Spring has sprung and that means baseball is back.  Therefore, we are going to settle into the world of baseball for our time together.  The lessons

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Leaders Get Stuck

Leaders get stuck. All communities have a signature intersection.  These intersections are typically located in the heart of that community.  They are in Historic Downtowns, on Main Streets, and in Town Centers.  Intersections are points of decisions for the driver.  Most intersections give you a few options.  You can turn left, you can turn right, or you can keep on going through the intersection and stay on the same road. The vision for Leadership and

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Gone Fishing

I am gone fishing this week! In Blog 005, The Bridge I wrote about an experience last summer as my family and I were leaving our favorite vacation spot, Saint George Island, Florida.  Well…we are back here this week! I spent some time revisiting that post on Friday as we prepared for vacation.  It was a good reminder of the emotions I felt as we left the island last summer.  My hopes are that it

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Will & Testament

Last Will and Testament.  Power of Attorney for Business.  Power of Attorney for Medical.  Cremation or Burial?  To keep fighting to live or to concede to the inevitable?  Who gets what?  Who gets how much?  This was our week.  Shannon and I had our preliminary meeting with the attorney to start the process of drafting these important documents.  We have discussed it for years, but have always ended up stuck at the red light of

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Paw Paw

Spring officially arrived on Saturday here in Georgia.  This time of year reminds me of two things, gardening and my grandfather.  We called him Paw Paw.  April will have been ten years since he passed.  It does not seem like it though.  He played a big role in my life, so this post is dedicated to the lessons he left me with that helped shape me into the person, the husband, the father, the coach,

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Cultural Monoxide Kills Culture

Cultural monoxide kills culture. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Carbon Monoxide (CO) is “an odorless gas that can kill you.”  Pretty straightforward, right?  Science was not always my strongest subject, but I do know that CO is a dangerous fume created when gas is burned.  If the fumes are not ventilated properly, the results can be deadly.  The same is true for organizations.  If the toxic fumes within an organization’s culture are

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Interceders

One of the more tedious and strenuous parts in the development of this blog was to pick a name. A name that would let the mission, vision, and beliefs of the project build off of it. I went through several concepts. I struggled to find something that stuck. I spent a lot of time consulting friends who are creative, making a list of possible titles, revising that list, and narrowing down that list. Then you

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Fundamentals

I have had the pleasure of coaching youth sports for twenty-one years, essentially my entire adult life.  I Have coached everything from football to baseball to basketball to wrestling. Regardless of the sport, everything starts with the fundamentals. Fundamentals do not always stand out, but they are the foundation of success in whatever world you live in. Good fundamentals are not just required in sports. They are required to be a good public servant, an

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Nineteen

Confession time. I typically try to use one or two word titles. I really struggled with the title of this post. I feared that if I called it what it was, people would pass it right on by and never give it a second look. I would have completely understood too. We are all tired of talking about the topic, hearing about the topic, and just tired of the topic in general. You guessed it,

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Shannon

The Leadership and Main project is inspired by the incredible leaders in the community of Acworth, Georgia.  The objective is to celebrate the people who have poured into my life as a young leader and share those lessons to inspire a generation of community leaders to make the turn off an ordinary road to an extraordinary way.  Today we celebrate and study the most special community leader in my life. To this point in our

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Angels

A few weeks ago, we dissected the song Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson and what we can learn from it as community leaders. I feel confident that regardless of your preferred genre of music, you have heard it. Today we dissect another great song that may not be as widely known. In 1993, the legendary country music band Alabama released the song Angels Among Us. If you do not like country music, just

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The Bridge

One of our favorite family vacation spots is St. George Island, Florida.  It is an incredible place to visit located on the Florida panhandle.  There is a scenic, 4.1 mile bridge that connects the mainland to the island.  As the vacation begins, the bridge symbolizes an exciting sense of arrival and anticipation of the week to come.  As the vacation ends, it symbolizes the return trip home.  We usually travel at night on long trips.

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Have a Voice

As a community leader you have a voice.  You can talk with it, you can sing with it (maybe), and you can influence with it.  Whether you are a public servant, elected official, entrepreneur, pastor, educator, coach, civic leader, volunteer, or whatever role you plan in the community, you have been given a voice.  Your voice belongs to you and only you.  It can define you and determine the level of influence you have.  A

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Martin

Today, across this nation, we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The definition we use for community leadership at Leadership and Main is “the ability and the willingness to use your influence to better others and the world you live in.”  Dr. King was able and he was certainly willing to utilize his influence to better others and the world he lived in.  He exemplified it.  He lived it.  In reflecting on

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The Mirror

Community leadership starts in the mirror.  It is the ability and willingness to use YOUR influence to better others and the world you live in. A song that has always spoken to me is Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.”  As many of us do, I have my go to playlist that is packed full of my all-time favorite songs.  I personally like to let the playlist shuffle so the songs are played in random

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George

Leadership and Main dissects the leadership qualities of the fictitious community leader George Bailey from the Movie “It’s a Wonderful LIfe.”

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Community Leaders

Want to know how to be a community leader?   The why behind this blog is to inspire a generation of leaders in local communities to make the turn from ordinary to extraordinary.  When leaders arrive at that critical intersection, we want to provide the content to map your turn towards extraordinary.  There is no better way to kick of this blog than to explore who community leaders are and what makes them special.  Let’s start

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