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 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!
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…)
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.
Every once in a while, you meet someone whose mere presence feels like a special gift. Regina Ellis is the Founder and CEO of the Children Cancer Association (CCA) – the only organization of its kind in the nation. Regina established the non-profit in 1995 after her oldest daughter died of cancer at the age of five. Regina’s vision was to deliver joy to seriously ill children and teens when they need more than medicine.
When I asked Regina about the one characteristic every leader should possess, she paused for a long time to carefully consider her answer. (more…)
This year’s students performed extraordinarily well working with five different start-up organization in Dublin this summer.
I am somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean reflecting on the two-week course we just ran for University of Colorado Denver business students in Ireland. I was listening to two songs that just seemed to typify what the students conveyed as their inspirational take-aways: (more…)
Today we wrapped. The student team debriefed each other on their project and leaders study experiences. A key take-away was that marketing (i.e., truly understanding one’s target market) is fundamental to start-ups and product development in general. Marketing isn’t just messaging or social media, but figuring out how (and whether) a commercialization opportunity actually exists. We plan to record the student presentations on June 16th, and we’ll post them so that those of you who can’t attend can benefit from the student’s experiences. (more…)
Last day working with the start-ups here in Ireland, and all the student group presented their final findings today. I visited with two of the five students teams, and the first group was Billfaster. Their work was basically focused on presenting a marketing overview to include a competitive overview. (more…)