Three Vital Roles of a Leader

The house lights go down. A hush falls. The spotlight comes up on the silent figure front and center. The baton is raised. Without a sound, the conductor is in total command. There is far more to a conductor’s life than delivering a stellar performance. What is seen is the tip of an iceberg. There […]

Resilience: Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, and Disaster

When I was a child, one of my favorite toys was Bozo the clown. Our inflatable Bozo might have been 3 feet tall, which means he was about the same size as me. Bozo provided my first lessons in resilience and consistency. I could bop him in the nose and he would bounce right back. […]

Rise to Resilience: Turning Pain into Power

Panama City is a military town where every day is like Veteran’s Day. Patriotism is a strong part of the fabric of our community. Jennifer Clark moved to Panama City when she was assigned to Tyndall Air Force Base. Her story is documented in her book, 166 Days: My Journey Through the Darkness.  When Jennifer […]

Leading During Extreme Change

  Extreme Change Three hours on the afternoon of October 10th changed everything for this little city I call home. Mighty oaks that have stood through hundreds of storms couldn’t withstand the power of Hurricane Michael. The incessant roar of the wind deafened the sound of giant trees crashing all around as we crouched in […]

Recovering From A Major Setback

If you’ve never experienced a Category 4 hurricane, I urge you emphatically – don’t do it. Do whatever it takes to pack up your valuables and get out of town. Hurricane Michael caused a setback of enormous proportions for the Panhandle of Florida. The Shock of Setback After the harrowing experience of riding out Hurricane […]

Unity: The Power of Pulling Together

Unity is one of the most effective ways to achieve progress in anything. It is one of the most powerful forces on the planet, which explains why it’s so difficult to obtain, much less sustain. Unity is oneness, yet it exponentially multiplies the magnitude of any effort. Too little is written about it, perhaps because […]

Thrive Not Strive

Thrive, not strive is my new mantra. Rise and grind is how tons of people start Monday.  Rush, work, and strive through pressure, stress, and frustration. If this sounds all too familiar, it’s time to make  room for thriving and flourishing. How can you shift negativity into motivation? Wouldn’t it be grand if instead of […]

Leadership Leaves a Legacy: Farewell from Senator John McCain

Leadership leaves a legacy. Senator John McCain wrote a farewell statement to America before his passing on August 25, 2018 at age 81. As a student of leadership, and one who loves America  passionately, I am moved deeply by the words of John McCain. (I took the liberty to bold some text within his message.) […]

Limiting Beliefs

Self-Limiting Beliefs A small incident last week put me face to face with the reality of self-limiting beliefs. It wasn’t a life-changing issue, but it brought to mind the weightier beliefs we all have that don’t serve us well. Often, they show up in our self-talk. “I could never write a book.” “I’m no good […]

Leadership Under Fire

Last week, I attended the promotion and pinning ceremony for the South Walton Fire Department. Our son was recognized as a new officer – a result of hard work and determination as he developed his leadership abilities and technical acumen.  It was such a privilege to be among the family, friends, and off-duty officers who […]