Who (and What) is Leading You?

[There are] no bad teams, only bad leaders.
– Leif Babin, Extreme Ownership, p. 41

That’s a pretty bold statement to make, but Leif can (and does) back it up.  Now, before you think this has nothing to do with you, pause for just a moment and ask, “Who (and what) is leading me?”  And why are we asking this question?

Because following a poor leader will give us poor results.  So, how do we find a good leader? Continue reading Who (and What) is Leading You?

? or ! Honoring Those Who Have Fallen

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Today is Memorial Day.  I find that people either don’t really connect (other than to enjoy a 3-day weekend), or people are profoundly impacted by the memory of those who are no longer with us.  There doesn’t seem to be much middle ground.

For Warriors, I suspect you’re in the second camp.  If you spent any time in the service of others under risk, you probably know someone who made the ultimate sacrifice.  I stopped counting when I ran out of fingers.  Their faces will be forever young in my mind, because they never had the chance to grow old.

On Thursday, I offered one view on how to honor these sacrifices so they are never forgotten.  Today, I’ll share my own personal technique for honoring my brothers and sisters.  It’s complex… are you ready?  Here it is…

Continue reading ? or ! Honoring Those Who Have Fallen

Who Are You? Truth CAS

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Maybe you’re struggling with that right now.  Because in the past, maybe you had a title, a rank, or a role that defined you.  Maybe you were responsible for lives and equipment, and that defined you.  And now that you’ve moved on, your identity has been lost.

Or so you think.
Continue reading Who Are You? Truth CAS

What’s the Difference? Memorial Day vs. Veteran’s Day

This Monday will be a day to remember.  Literally.

It’s Memorial Day, a day set aside to remember those who never got to come home.  Because of their sacrifice, we have the freedom we so often take for granted.  It is right to pause and remember that our freedom was bought at a great price over many generations.  In the midst of this celebratory weekend, I pray you’ll take a moment and remember those men and women who sacrificed all.


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And I pray that we will honor them by using the gift of freedom we’ve been given to make our corner of the world the kind of place that is worthy of their sacrifice.

How do we do that?  Stay tuned!

Preparing for Memorial Day – Remembering… AND Honoring

As Memorial Day approaches, it’s inevitable: we’ll think about those that are no longer with us.  And while it’s appropriate to mourn and feel sadness, it’s also appropriate to begin the healing process and to honor the sacrifices of those who have gone before us.

Former SEALs Jocko Willink and Leif Babin talk about how they have dealt with the loss of teammates and how they intend to honor their sacrifices.  After you listen, add your voice to the conversation by leaving a comment below.  We’d love to hear from you on how you’re healing and honoring those who have fallen.  Let’s make this year a time to remember AND a time to honor by carrying on in a manner that would make those teammates proud.

– Where do you agree or disagree?
What has helped you heal from the loss of teammates?
– How do you intend to honor the memory of the fallen?