Thank Our First Responders

Over the past two days Sarah and I have had the privilege of being in the presence of true American heroes, our Nation's first responders.  I spoke to members of the Temple, Texas Police Department and the Fort Hood, Texas first responders...primarily to tell them thanks.  Their courage and dedication to duty is remarkable.  Every day they risk their own lives to serve and protect others.  Our time with them was especially poignant today, the 18th anniversary of the attack on our Nation on 9/11.   Please make it a point to stop our Nation's first responders and just tell them thanks.  Shake their hand, give them a hug, buy them a meal.  Let them know we appreciate them and their service. It's the right thing to

Ft. Hood Visit

Yesterday I had the distinct privilege of speaking to 24 members of the Army's Family Medicine residency program.  These folks have chosen a profession of service to others, both as a US Army officer and as a medical professional.  It is inspirational to be around folks like that.  We talked at length about how to be an adaptive leader, and how to take care of people.  All so very

Domestic Terrorism

Aug 8 - During my public presentations I remind folks that we are a Nation at risk. We are at risk from external threats (Russia, Iran, North Korea, ISIS.....) and internal threats like divisive people and lack of respect for law enforcement personnel. A major internal threat these days is domestic terrorism, as evidenced by recent tragedies in El Paso and Dayton. Lots of discussion over the past couple of days about the reason for domestic terrorism. Folks are debating gun control (again), the impact of violent video games, etc. I am convinced that the major issue is that we as a Nation have turned away from God. 2 Chronicles 7:14 tells us if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear them from heaven and I will heal their land. Being a military

Celgene Leadership Tour of Gettysburg

I have been blessed to take many folks from Celgene on leadership tours of Gettysburg over the past 4 months. Celgene is a great pharmaceutical company primarily because of their leaders and their people. Great folks who always aspire to be better leaders...more adaptive, concerned, caring and focused. Everytime I am with them I come back a better leader myself.

Leadership, Bayer and Bunker Hill

July 30 - Had a wonderful opportunity to take leaders from Bayer on a leadership tour of Lexington/Concord and Bunker Hill. There is so much to be learned about leadership by studying leaders from the past, and then applying those lessons learned to what we are doing

Prioritization

As I travel through corporate America, one topic always comes up: prioritization. There is a major issue with folks trying to do too much. They are feeling like Chinese plate spinners, trying to keep hundreds of plates in the air all at the same time without allowing any of them to hit the floor and break. To help with that, I lead workshops on prioritization. Here are some key points: 1) If everything is a priority, then nothing is a priority. It is imperative to make a complete list of all ongoing activities (both personal and professional) and then prioritize that list. Determine what is urgent, and what is important. 2) General Dwight Eisenhower developed what has been termed the Eisenhower box. If something is urgent and important, do it now. If it's important but not urgent, put it on your calendar to do it later. If it is urgent but not

Time Management

It is a fact...there are 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week.  It is up to us on how we use that time.  I am doing a lot of coaching these days on time management.  Here are some key points: 1)  I believe in a 15/7/2 approach.  We should all get at least 7 hours of restful sleep...and spend at least 2 hours per day focused on our own fitness (physical and spiritual).  That leaves 15 hours each and every day to do what we want to do.  Some of that will be focused on work...but there is still time to focus on play if we manage our time correctly. 2)  Folks should play to their strengths.  Some of us are morning folks (like me) and others are evening folks (like Sarah).  I am up at 5am daily.  The time from 5am to 8am is protected time....time when

75th Anniversary of D-Day

75 years ago today 156,000 folks hit the beaches of Normandy to protect our freedoms and our way of life.  Lots of ceremonies taking place all over the world to mark this anniversary, and rightly so.  Sarah and I took 60 folks to the beaches of Normandy last year on a leadership tour.   As I walked thru the American cemetery there, the movie Saving Private Ryan came to mind.  Remember the scene where CPT Miller (played by Tom Hanks) is mortally wounded, and in his dying words he said to Private Ryan Earn This.  Those words come to mind on this day. There were 10,000 casualties on the beaches of Normandy 75 years ago, and 5000 of those folks never made it home.  The question we should ask ourselves today Are we earning this?  Are we truly taking advantage of the freedoms those great folks provided us?  Are we

Vietnam Veterans Day

We as a Nation just celebrated Vietnam Veterans Day.  I hope all of us took the time to thank a Vietnam era Veteran for their service and sacrifice. During the Vietnam era 2.59 million Americans served.  Over 58,000 were killed and over 304,000 were wounded.  75,000 Vietnam Veterans are severely disabled.   Both of my older brothers served in Vietnam, and I am very proud of them.  These are pictures of brother Jim taken during his time in Vietnam.  I do worry that we spend so much time these days thanking our Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans that we downplay the importance of the service of our Vietnam Veterans.  Every time I returned from combat I was greeted by grateful Americans who would stop me on the street and thank me for my service.  That did not happen for our Vietnam Veterans...they literally had to change out of their uniform upon

Focus on Joy

This past weekend Sarah and I were blessed to have all three of our grandkids with us.  Sarah took them down to the river to play in the sand.  I am still using a cane with a walking boot so I passed on the adventure...but they did send me a picture of the great time they were having.  Check out those smiles. Why can't we all just enjoy the little things in life like kids do?  We used to have that true joy in our hearts, but somehow that has escaped us.  As they say life kicked in.  The Bible tells us that we should rejoice in the Lord, and be joyful in God our Savior.   I for one am going to start focus on being more joyful.  There are so many things that bring me joy...I am going to intentionally spend time with them.  I would recommend you do
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