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Making Deep Connections, Restoring Trust, & Leading from the Bottom Up
Making Human Connections: How Do I Overcome Skepticism?

Making Human Connections: How Do I Overcome Skepticism?

https://youtu.be/jtrkpZ8jYgg When you think about a tough negotiation or a tough client, the first thing is you've got to make a human connection. If you just roll in with the agenda, if you just roll in with the transaction, if you're just rolling with the PowerPoint...

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Being Present: What if People Don’t Pay Attention?

Being Present: What if People Don’t Pay Attention?

https://youtu.be/ZYBjDL9KQPw "Scott, I totally get the need to own the room, but what if people don't pay attention to me? What if people look at me like I don't have the rank or title necessary to put out the kind of ideas and innovation that I think I have to offer?...

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The Skill to Ask: How Do I Close Trust Gaps?

The Skill to Ask: How Do I Close Trust Gaps?

https://youtu.be/wSkTJYpCzGM We always talk about what it takes to be the most relevant, relatable and resonant person in the room. Why? So that you can move people to take action in this trust depleted, disconnected time and it's all based around human connection....

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Surrounded on Purpose

Surrounded on Purpose

https://youtu.be/gH0Kqpgt2Ao On this episode of Rooftop Rally Point, we're talking about another principle of the Special Forces approach that you can use in life and business which is getting, “Surrounded on Purpose”. How do we get Surrounded on Purpose?  Well,...

Work Yourself Out of a Job

Work Yourself Out of a Job

https://youtu.be/OOd-mpnFZUg "Look sir, I think, right in this area here we're doing too much show and tell and we're not working ourselves out of a job." And I was like, "What do you mean?" And my old and wise Team Sergeant started to explain to me that, the most...

Soft Skills in Hard Places

Soft Skills in Hard Places

https://youtu.be/maHkO6qrDJA Many leaders believe that "soft" skills, like active listening, narrative competence, interpersonal presence, they think that those skills, because they're called "soft skills", are secondary to the "hard skills", or that they convey a...

First Report is Always Wrong

First Report is Always Wrong

https://youtu.be/lNz1XJp6pG4 It was a big lesson for me as a leader to see that in high stakes, no fail situations, the initial reports that often come in are wrong or at least inaccurate, or at least not fully baked. And that's just human nature. We all go...

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...

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...

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...

The Opposite of Fear

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

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...