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

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 quote…

Your goals will likely never go according to plan, so that’s why we plan for the problems. Here at the office we call it…

Check in with us each Friday on our social media outlets and we’ll post a new Facepunch Friday pic. If nothing else, enjoy the fact that someone besides you is getting popped. On Twitter just search for #FacePunchFriday, and you can see old ones.

If you need help with your personal goals or those for your team to help make them robust despite problems, give me a call.

For now, I’ll end with a few of our more popular pics…

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!

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Best Teambuilding Movies?

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 go with 5 or more.

Here’s some ideas from my end…

  • Oceans 11 series
  • Uncommon Valor
  • Expendables
  • Ronin
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Mission: Impossible
  • Heat

Please feel free to nominate yours in the comments. Don’t worry about hitting any doubles. I’ll take that into consideration for the poll.

Thanks!

PS…After reviewing my list, I’m seeing that most of the team movies I like most involve illegal activities, so feel free to find some good guys too.

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!

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

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 track a little and helped him escape to the Hot Chocolatier at the right moment. He helped me open up a new revenue stream.

We also shared lots of numbers and stats openly about how we do business. I’m talking income pluses and minuses, checkbook accounts, everything. It helped us both make better decisions about our respective futures.

That’s something I’ve always respected about my friend Dan Miller as well. On his podcast and his conferences, he’s always wide open about income from various streams he’s trying. He’s quick to say what works and why or why not.

I’m not saying you need to blab your financial secrets and stats all over the world on Twitter. What I am saying though, is that it might be good to find someone you can share these things with. Give it a try. A good friend or mentor might have some new insight that will help you level up.

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!

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What the heck is Hot Chocolatier, you ask? I’ll answer it with a pic of the Squirrel I got. ‘Nuff said.

 

The image at the top of the blog was grabbed from Think Tank, one of my favorite comics, by Matt Hawkins, one of my favorite writers. The comic is one of those stories that’s so realistic it’s really scary.


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Jack Reacher on Military Drifters

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 Affair, and there’s a section in the book where Reacher talks about military bums. I want you to read it and feel free to let me know what you think. I served in both the Marine Corps and the Army, and I know exactly what he’s talking about.

“You’re going to blow into town like some kind of aimless ex-military bum. You know the type. You’re going to be the kind of guy who feels right at home there, because it’s the kind of environment he’s familiar with”

“I know the type. Any soldier does. Towns near bases are full of guys who washed out for some reason or other and never got further than a mile. Some stay, and some are forced to move on, and the ones who move on end up in some other town near some other base. The same, but different. It’s what they know. It’s what they’re comfortable with. They retain some kind of ingrained, deep-down military discipline, like old habits, like stray strands of DNA…” p25

This is part of what I try to prevent by coaching veterans after military service. My goal is to help them find their place in life. If that involves the military, that’s fine, but if it doesn’t, then they sometimes need my help pulling away from that atmosphere. If you know someone that could use my help, whether an old salty veteran or someone discharging soon, please pass on my information.

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!

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What I Don’t Know about Snakes Could Kill Me

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!

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My Vision for NCO School

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 world it is much the same, although the personnel involved go by different titles.

I came across a vision statement for the military NCO corps that I felt was applicable to the business world as well…

As you join the NCO Corps, you should become familiar with and understand the NCO Corps Vision. As stated, that Vision is :

An NCO Corps, grounded in heritage, values, and tradition, that embodies the warrior ethos; values perpetual learning; and is capable of leading, training, and motivating soldiers. We must always be an NCO Corps that:

  • Leads by Example
  • Trains from Experience
  • Maintains and Enforces Standards
  • Takes Care of Soldiers
  • Adapts to a Changing World

What do you think? Would these principles work for your company?

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!

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Success Profiles- Ryan McRae, Chief Nerd at ADHD Nerd

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 you and provides the motivation you need to keep moving forward.

Enter Ryan McRae, Chief Nerd at ADHD Nerd

Pic- Me and Ryan can always be found having coffee together. This was in Portland OR at the World Domination Summit.

I’ll tell you right away that Ryan is a little different. Number one, this guy is my best friend. Because of that, I’m a little biased about anything he puts out. That doesn’t mean I’m not right though. It just means even more that you need to go check him out for yourself. Be sure you do just that! Secondly, Ryan took a non-traditional route to landing himself in one of my profiles.

Most of my profiles and interviews cover men and women who spent time in a uniform (military, EMS, fire, law enforcement, etc) via the standard route. Ryan didn’t. He was a contractor. He came from outside the system and dropped right into the fray by serving in Afghanistan, training soldiers on specialized equipment.

By the time I met Ryan, I’d already served decades in uniform and worked as a contractor myself. I would’ve never expected him to jump into a job like this. But, when the time came, Ryan saw a job opening and a chance to serve. Next thing I know, the guy I talk to regularly about everything from Green Lantern to board games is on a flight to that beautifully ugly hole in the world known as Afghanistan.

That’s why I wanted to mention Ryan here on this profile. Not all men and women in uniform are the same. Not all of them go into boot camp out of high school and wear camouflage every day. Some of them, like Ryan, see a need to fill and refuse to shrink away even though their place of work changes quickly from a Starbucks to a plywood camp with frequent rocket attacks.

While Ryan was in Afghanistan serving mostly with the U.S. Army he also wrote a book of haiku that went along with his photographs of the area. He used this book to raise thousands of dollars for Charity Water. After he came home he launched his current enterprise, which is ADHD Nerd. He’s become a specialist in helping highly driven people, primarily entrepreneurs, who have trouble dealing with squirrels. If you’re one of those type of folk, then you need him. Even so, ADHD has never been a problem for me, but I still get his material because it works magnificently in increasing my production. Not only that, it’s just plain hilarious. If more people could approach serious topics the way Ryan does, I think we’d all be happier.

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!

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

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 stories after using it, but I would like to add more for a bigger and more helpful expanded edition. I’m also planning on adding examples of other careers that I’ve had coaching clients pursue. In addition, I’m creating a much better cover and improved graphics on the inside.

Here’s how I need your help…

  1. Get the book. I dropped the Kindle version to $.99 (the lowest it could go on Amazon). Or you can click HERE for a FREE pdf copy.
  2. Feel free to mention this offer to friends and family as well.
  3. Read or work your way through the book.
  4. Let me know if you feel anything is missing or needs more explaining.
  5. Send me your story about hacking the system of becoming an expert. Anything is viable from a body of knowledge to a job to a skill.
  6. Sign up for the Mini Guide. There’s a box on the right where you can do that. This is a condensed version of the book that some people use as a quick resource.

Anyone who helps me will not only get the chance to have their story published in the next edition, but I’ll also send you a free digital copy of that edition when it comes out. I’ll also be glad to mention you in the book itself by way of a bio and a mention of what you do.

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!

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

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 younger guy in your position.

There are a million reasons you may get booted, but it doesn’t mean you have to leave uniformed service if you don’t want to. Sure, the uniform and the setting might change, but there are also million other things you can do to stay in or around the uniform.

  • Start a business working with your former colleagues.
  • Sit back and invent that ‘thing’ you always knew would make your job easier.
  • Work as a trainer.
  • Move into sales and attend the conventions selling gear you have an intimate knowledge of.
  • Write a memoir.

Think of this quote from Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand…

“There were many ways to make money. Why did you choose the hardest?”

You chose a hard profession. If you love it and want to stay in it, that’s what needs to happen. This is what I do in my coaching. I help people in high risk/high stress occupations find ways to stay there.

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!

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5 Things Great Leaders Say

five-traits-of-great-leaders-John Quincy Adams

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 team members, the better an idea becomes.

2. Thank you for________________________.

Great leaders always build up and never tear down. They appreciate team players and look for specific ways to communicate their gratitude. In fact, a simple “thank you” is not enough because good leaders know a sincere, personalized compliment is the best way to communicate authentic appreciation.

3. You can improve by_________________________.

The best leaders run at challenges and problems instead of running away from them. When an issue needs to be addressed, they don’t avoid it. They address it graciously, but directly.

4. What do you need from me?

Great leaders don’t see leadership as a position. Neither do they equate leadership with power or control. Instead, they understand their role is to serve the vision of the organization and the people in the organization. This is why the best leaders don’t just tell team members what to do, they also ask team members what they need.

5. I believe in you!

Again, great leaders always build up and never tear down. When they see a team member taking positive action, they go out of their way to encourage and praise that team member’s progress. They know the more team members grow and succeed, the more the organization grows and succeeds.

Questions:

  • Which of these 5 statements is most powerful to you? Why?
  • In addition, what other statements would you add to the list?

The inspiration and verbiage for this post came completely from my friend Kent Julian, the founder of Live It Forward. Please check him out at LiveItForward.com. He also has an excellent book on Goal Getting if you need to set goals for the coming year.

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