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Making Deep Connections, Restoring Trust, & Leading from the Bottom Up
Rooftop Rally Point: Don’t Quit

Rooftop Rally Point: Don’t Quit

https://youtu.be/xHBGASZTrkk I made lots of mistakes as an army officer in Special Forces.  Lots of things I could have done better, but one of the things I did learn was never to quit. Because of the training that you go through in Special Forces and all the...

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Be Straight with People

Be Straight with People

https://youtu.be/FBXqD1hRyW4 As a rooftop leader, there's going to be times when you have to do things that are not pleasant. You're going to have to do things with your coworkers that involve you standing up for things. With your associates and your employees where...

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Leadership is Forever

Leadership is Forever

https://youtu.be/nchzlunUKsY As I look at my life, six years after retirement from the military, after 23 years, I am coming to see more and more that leadership is forever, that is, real leadership.  Rooftop leadership is forever and that's why I chose this...

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The Opposite of Fear

https://youtu.be/gUIUP5q992c The opposite of fear, is love. The greatest counter poised to fear the ancients believed is love, the love of the individual warrior for his brothers in arms.  At Thermopylae, on the final morning when the last surviving Spartans knew...

Every Breath is Precious

https://youtu.be/SbrEcMqoOko The thing that I learned that I want to talk about today as we go into Memorial Day is that “Every Breath is Precious”. Every breath we take in, every breath we let out is precious because our time on this earth is limited and we don't...

Creating a Movement

https://youtu.be/g3BGumudkjo A movement is where people take action, in a collective way, that they otherwise wouldn't take in the face of high stakes, high risk, ambiguity and complexity. Yet they take a stand, shoulder to shoulder, and achieve a tipping point that...

MTWA: Meet Them Where They Are

https://youtu.be/261OuKq5Zpc Humans will not take action unless they feel psychologically safe, and unless they feel connected to the other humans around them. Humans will not take action of any kind, they won't buy from you, they won't invest in you, they won't...

Mission Decision Line: MDL

https://youtu.be/_KvZHCZelXM The “Mission Decision Line”, or the “MDL”, is the point of no return.  It's a line on the ground, and on your map, it's like a valley, or a linear feature like a road, it's  easily recognizable and it tells everybody from the...

Practice and Preparation

https://youtu.be/G25ITAo89uU If you want to move people to action it's those soft skills of storytelling, physicality, interpersonal connection, reciprocity, active listening, and negotiating that are the most effective, and you must practice those skillsets. ...

Speed of Trust: Bridging the Gap

https://youtu.be/QReDK4t_yRw We have an epic erosion of trust. At the institutional level, we don't trust the media like we used to, we don't trust politicians. We don't trust bankers, we don't trust the mortgage industry. All of these pillars of leadership that once...

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