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self-re·li·ant   [self-ri-lahy-uhnt, self-]
adjective – relying on oneself or on one’s own powers, resources, etc.
“Rugged individualism and a sense of personal responsibility.”
Synonyms -independent, assured, enterprising, resolute, capable.

Three Things You’ll Hear from a Highly Functional Team

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 in Teams | 0 comments

Three Things You’ll Hear from a Highly Functional Team

A good friend and business partner of mine asked me to listen to Steve Chandler’s The Owner/Victim Choice.  My favorite quote from Steve is, “If there’s a problem, I’m the problem.”  It’s a great reminder about how we are free to choose the soundtrack of our lives.  It can simply be, Stuff happens; or.. If it’s to be – it’s up to me. (more…)

Where Organizational Meets Individual Wants

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 in Leaders | 0 comments

Where Organizational Meets Individual Wants

As a CEO, I wanted everyone who came to me with challenges, opportunities and problems to say this:

  1. Here are the undisputed facts of said challenge/opportunity/problem.
  2. Here are at least two possible options to address the challenge/opportunity/problem.
  3. Here are the pros and cons of each option.
  4. Lastly, the recommendation along with why, and the implications for people and resources.

Of course that doesn’t happen too often, because we often have misaligned expectations due to poor communication all around.  View the video below for what I think the the number one organizational challenge is…

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Five Things to Improve Morale – and they’re all free

Posted by on Nov 2, 2014 in Motivation | 0 comments

Five Things to Improve Morale – and they’re all free

With all the talk about multi-generational engagement, commitment, morale and employee satisfaction, I think it’s important to remember a few simple things leaders can do without asking for more resources. (more…)

Expedition Learnings

Posted by on Oct 26, 2014 in Expeditions | 0 comments

Expedition Learnings

We recently returned from a 4-day expedition near Canyonlands, Utah.  The trip was designed to transform leaders through adventure and adversity in an intense, dynamic and unpredictable environment that maps to today’s challenging business environment.   It was an amazing experience, and after a few weeks, I was reflecting on what we learned in light of a recent article by philosopher Tom Morris. (more…)

17 Women on Self-Reliant Leadership

Posted by on Oct 5, 2014 in Humility, Leaders, Questions, Self-Reliance | 2 comments

17 Women on Self-Reliant Leadership

In preparation for a talk I was asked to give at the 17th Annual Women’s Success Forum in Denver, I had the opportunity to sit down with 17 amazing leaders to discuss self-reliant leadership.  The group was comprised of (more…)

Why Test Yourself?

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Colorado Trail, Expeditions, Self-Awareness, Wisdom | 8 comments

Why Test Yourself?

I found myself driving at 3:00am the other morning.  And I do mean, “found.”  I was driving to climb Mount Shavano and Tabeguache Peak – two 14,000 foot mountains about three hours from my home.  As I was driving and getting the cobwebs out, I thought to myself, “You’re not meeting anyone for the climb.  You have no obligation to do this for anyone, yet you feel compelled to get up in the middle of the night, drive three hours, climb for seven hours, and then drive back for three hours.  A thirteen hour day, and a climb that will leave your thighs sore for at least three days!”

I really had no obligation to do those climbs.  I knew it was going to be cold and windy up there, and that the climbing season was fast coming to a close.  Was I “compelled” to climb, or drawn to the mountains like I have been my entire life? (more…)

Zack Baddorf on Green Beret Leadership Traits

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Leaders | 0 comments

Zack Baddorf on Green Beret Leadership Traits

Zack Baddorf is a public relations professional, multimedia reporter, and a strong supporter of the Green Beret Foundation.  Zack has spent more than a decade working in 30 countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Palestine and Kosovo.

Zack recently spent a year working in Afghanistan as a videographer for Special Forces, so I thought his perspective on what he observed about those leaders would be insightful for our readers.

I asked Zack, “What were the leadership characteristics of the Special Forces soldiers you observed?”  Also, “Did self reliance help SF soldiers lead in austere circumstances?”  You will see from his answers that what he observed are the leadership traits that are in great demand in civilian life as well!

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Hearing the Unheard for Leaders

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Colorado Trail, Leaders | 2 comments

Hearing the Unheard for Leaders

Doing the same thing over and over again.  Insanity or purposeful?  While choosing every step carefully carrying a 40-pound pack in Colorado’s high country at an average of 12,000 feet, it was hard to think of anything except putting one foot in front of the other to accumulate the 18 miles that was the goal for each day.  It wasn’t like I could contemplate much until I finished the route, because almost every step required some degree of concentration and thought.  When you’re 20 miles from a jeep trail, with no cell phone signal, and averaging seeing three people a day, you can’t afford to slip and twist an ankle! (more…)

Generous Sponsors Make a Difference for One Special Veteran

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Expeditions | 0 comments

Generous Sponsors Make a Difference for One Special Veteran

The Self-Reliant Leadership Crucible™ expedition this fall is designed to transform leaders through adventure and adversity. The experience takes leadership abilities to new levels in an intense, dynamic and unpredictable environment that maps to today’s challenging business environment.

One of the participant’s this year will be Mike Petschel. Mike is a veteran of the Iraq War, and the founder of CU’s Boots to Suits program. He is now the Field Marketing Manager at Molson Coors doing great things internationally. I had the privilege to mentor Mike, and it’s been extremely rewarding to see him thrive in his new role.

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