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Can You Use an AED Near Water?

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In my CPR classes I’m often asked if an AED can be used in a wet environment. I’m not talking about a sweaty person or someone who spilled a drink when they went down either. We’re talking boats, poolside, or by the lake. Is there a risk of someone else kneeling or standing in the

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Essentialism: the Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown (Redbeard’s Reading List)

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Welcome to the first entry in Redbeard’s Reading List! The first book I’d like to mention for this series is Essentialism by Greg McKeown. I just read it recently on the recommendation of my friend Paul Grau at Current Leadership Coaching. For years I’ve experimented with minimalism because of a desire to not be overwhelmed

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Are You Utilizing Small Teams in Your Business?

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The notion of small team leadership isn’t new by any stretch, as you can see from the image below that comes from a decades old military manual. After its successful use in recent years by special operations troops, many businesses, government entities, and even churches are seeing its benefits and practical applications. Are you currently

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What does getting punched in the face have to do with goals?

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In case you haven’t been checking in with them or didn’t know, every Friday here at my office is Facepunch Friday. It’s the day we celebrate proper goal-setting in the face of adversity. Because goal-setting often involves change and plans gone awry, that’s why we highlight the facepunch, in honor of the famous Mike Tyson

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Best Teambuilding Movies?

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I need some input from you on the best teambuilding movies out there. I’d love to get some ideas from you before I put together a poll to vote on the top ten. My only caveat is that it has to be at least a small team and not a couple. For small team I’d

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How Much Money Did Your Business Make in the First Month of the Year? Mine Made…

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How wide open are you with your business and your numbers? How wide open do you need to be? I just finished up an awesomely productive three days with Ryan McRae of ADHD Nerd. I profiled him recently in one of my Success Stories. We worked on a lot of things. I kept him on

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Jack Reacher on Military Drifters

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I’m a huge fan of the Jack Reacher series of books by Lee Child. The movies are so-so, but the books are a superb look into the mind of a professional military man turned drifter. For those of you in my age bracket, it’s like The Equalizer meets David Carradine’s Kung Fu. I recently read The

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What I Don’t Know about Snakes Could Kill Me

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I started creating imagery for a local magazine to publish in regard to my first aid, CPR, and wilderness first aid classes. Here’s the first one… This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading! In the words of

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My Vision for NCO School

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We’ve recently relaunched our wildly popular Leadership University with a new focus and improved courses. For years I’ve taught the course at EMS conferences and government agencies, but I’m  excited to expand it to the corporate realm. It has become… In the military, non-commissioned officers (NCOs) form the backbone of the service. In the business

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Success Profiles- Ryan McRae, Chief Nerd at ADHD Nerd

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I coach people in high risk/high stress occupations and help them find enjoyable second careers after spending time in uniform. Because of that, I enjoy coming across success stories of folks who hit the ground running after their time downrange. This is another in a series of profiles I’ll be presenting. I hope it encourages

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Here’s Your Chance to be Featured in the New Edition of My Rapid Skill Development Book!

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I need your help with a project I’m working on. My book Rapid Skill Development 101 was published several years ago. The book hit several best-seller categories on Amazon, such as education and psychology, but it’s in need of updating. Since the book came out I’ve had a few of the readers send me their

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There’s No Reason to Quit a Uniformed Job if You Don’t Want To

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It doesn’t matter if you’re a cop, EMT, firefighter, or a soldier. There may come a time when an injury, a boss, or the bureaucracy try to force you out. They may very well do it, too. Disability hearing goes the wrong way. All of a sudden you’re not promotable. The new chief wants a

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5 Things Great Leaders Say

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Great leaders are great communicators because they communicate great ideas. Here are 5 things great leaders say when communicating with people they lead. 1. What are your thoughts about __________________? The best leaders seek input from their team. They realize they don’t have all the answers. Even more, they know 1+1=3, so the more input they get from

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Shhh! It’s My Quiet Time.

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In this post I’m assuming you have a regular quiet time. If you don’t, go check out my friend Kent Julian’s post on Leading Your Life from Quiet. So, how do you do your quiet time? I’d love to know, so please tell me in the comments below. Here’s how I do it… In our

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Success Profiles- Retired S.C. Firefighter Raises $1 Million for Hands-Free Hose

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I coach people in high risk/high stress occupations and help them find enjoyable second careers after spending time in uniform. Because of that, I enjoy coming across success stories of folks who hit the ground running after their time downrange. I came across this one in an EMS newsletter. I hope it encourages you and provides

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Announcing Our Newest Sponsor…Peak Energy Performance Therapy

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I wanted to announce the newest sponsor who is assisting the Powers family on our adventures. Carrie Lane and Peak Energy Performance Therapy will be helping us with a program we need to turn our bodies into finely tuned human performance machines. Carrie Lane with Meghan Briggs, a track and field star at the University

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Quit Making Dumb Goals. Make them S-M-A-R-T.

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I teach a lot on goal-setting at various conferences and with my coaching clients. Depending on my time with them, I may delve deeper into other related issues, but a core piece of my goal-setting process is the SMART method. The SMART method is pretty easy and simple to remember. It’s one of the reasons

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Is Your Team Anything Like the Star Wars Crew?

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Aside from the obvious enjoyment of interstellar travel and light saber duels, the Star Wars movies offer a great many lessons in other areas. Because team building is a primary focus of my speaking, I would like to point out a few lessons from Han Solo and others as they relate to teams. Small teams can

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Should CPR Training Be Required in High School?

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Should CPR Training Be Required in High School? It’s a good question, and, for at least one school district in the United States, it’s been answered. Check out this recent headline- D.C. Requires CPR Training for High School Graduates. Personally, I think it’s one of the smartest ideas to come out of DC in a long

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Got Ruck?

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How many of you out there enjoy rucking for exercise? I’m hoping it’s not just the former military guys that do it. Check out this article about me that just came out recently. I hope it will stoke your fires! This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers.

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Nate Morrison…from Spec Ops to Military Fitness Guru

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I coach people in high risk/high stress occupations and help them find enjoyable second careers after spending time in uniform. Because of that, I enjoy coming across success stories of folks who hit the ground running after their time downrange. This is the first in a series of profiles I’ll be presenting. I hope it

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Illinois State Ambulance Association Conference Resources

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Welcome! This blog post is here for attendees that visited my booth or attended my dinner keynote on Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse at the Illinois State Ambulance Association Conference. *If you didn’t attend, but come across this page otherwise, you are still more than welcome to the resources. Click HERE to get a FREE copy

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Top Seven Tips for Life After Military Service

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With my coaching clients I’m often asked for a summation of tips or hacks for men and women leaving the military. In my practice I help highly driven people in high stress/high danger occupations who are seeking significance through a second career. I do this by hacking and attacking the learning process toward action rather

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What Should I Do After Leaving a Life in Uniform?

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With my coaching clients I’m often asked this question…what should I do after leaving a life in uniform? It doesn’t matter if you leave for retirement, voluntary separation, an injury, or even a disciplinary proceeding, you still face that question and its ramifications. If you’re wondering what uniform I’m talking about, I’m talking about the

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What Happens When Cops Get Fired?

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The coaching side of my business focuses on helping people in high stress/high risk occupations establish successful careers once they leave the uniform behind. Much of the time this is law enforcement. Most of the time they’re leaving because they retired or suffered a career ending injury. But not always. Sometimes my job deals with

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Delta Airlines Should Switch Over to a 550 Team Setup

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I’m sure by now most of you have heard of the monstrous computer FUBAR that Delta Airlines faced this week. If you were trying to fly Delta and you’re reading this, I’m very sorry. I’ve slept in airports on several occasions, and it is not fun. Delta’s computer shutdown and subsequent loss of service for

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Why Do So Many People Die Soon After Retirement?

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In a recent podcast my friend Dan Miller talked about retirement and what that means for most people. I wanted to sum up a few points that are very applicable to my coaching clients, but the link is below if you like to listen to the entire thing.   He encourages people to have a

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Parents- Please Don’t Let the EpiPen Price Increase Keep You from Using Them!

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I teach a lot of CPR and first aid classes, as part of my Adventure Workshops and locally to raise awareness of the need to be prepared for medical emergencies. I enjoy teaching them, because it’s how I got started speaking professionally. It’s also a way for me to give back, by hoping that someone

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Life After the Uniform- US Military Vets are Fighting Sex Trafficking

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Welcome to my series on Life After the Uniform. The goal of this series is to provide options and ideas as the main impetus of my coaching practice is helping men and women in high stress/high risk jobs find fulfilling second careers. I’ve worked some with a human trafficking group called The Exodus Road, but

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Are You Living Life Forward?

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My good friend Kent Julian has a business that revolves around living life forward. As a matter of fact, it’s called Live It Forward. In case you’re not familiar with the concept, he expresses it as “empowering you to move from dream to do”. I’ve known him for a number of years, and he not

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