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“War is governed by the uncertain and the unknown and the least known factor is the human element.” Captain Adolph von Schell (German Infantry Officer, Battle Leadership, 1931) Two weeks ago, I wrote a piece called What It’s Like on Deployment. My intended audience, my target reader, if you will, …
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This isn’t a “I know better.” It’s also not an “aha, now everyone sees what it feels like!” The tone I’m hoping to strike is one of collective encouragement. A “you can do this!” We can do this. I’ve had a half dozen conversations of the same type this week, and heard …
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Good morning, Team Room – First, happy holiday season to everyone! And Happy New Year! At the beginning of this year, I committed to reading 52 books for an average of one book per week. I only ended up reading 44 books but setting a high-water mark mattered! In the end, I went …
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Mindset #6: Fixed or Growth Mindset? Good morning, Team Room – as usual, I’m way behind on postings for the Mindset Series. Better late than never. Keeping it going with Mindset #6: Fixed or Growth? Enjoy! As always, send feedback, criticism, discussion, and/or disagreement. I’d love to hear from you! …
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  Mindset #5: Reactive vs. Responsive “No man is free who is not master of himself.” – Epictetus In Tron Legacy (2010), Flynn (Jeff Bridges) and Sam (Flynn’s son) are reunited after 20 years apart. Sam opened the portal to the Grid via the arcade and got sucked-in. Now Clu …
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Mindset #4: Follow or Lead? The first principle in understanding the gravity of Leadership is: Everything that happens – or fails to happen – in your unit (or team, company, department) is 100% the responsibility of the leader. Everything. Not just the things you can see, or directly influence, or …
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Mindset #3: Wartime vs. Peacetime In 2001, Ben Horowitz, of Andreessen Horowitz, wrote a great piece on the a16z blog. It’s called Peacetime CEO/Wartime CEO. Horowitz defined Peacetime situations as those where a company has a large advantage versus the competition in its core market, and its market is growing. …
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Mindset #2: Outcome Focused or Performance Focused? Think Big, Act Small “Never let your memories be bigger than your dreams. There’s a reason the rearview mirror is so much smaller than the windshield.” When it comes to mindset, what’s most challenging is actually building and employing some desired but intangible …
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Good morning, Team Room – In The Fighter’s Mind, Sam Sheridan recounts a quotable story – and question – from travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux. Theroux asks returning innocent adventurers what he calls the “awkward question.” After some drudgery of a trip, he’ll ask them “Why?” Many travelers search and stumble for an …
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