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Can You Use an AED Near Water?

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 water being shocked?

To address your concerns about this, I have two answers…

  1. I’ve done it and it works without danger
  2. Here’s a great article from the Divers Alert Network that covers it further.

AEDs are just one of those things that are so important for restoring life that you need nothing to prevent you from using it. Don’t let a little water get in the way.

If you need training in AEDs or CPR, give me a call. I conduct classes near my home in Chattanooga TN and also as workshops at conferences where I’m speaking. You can find me at checkforapulse.com.

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

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 and inundated with stuff. It helped me rid the house of a lot of junk but felt too stiff as a life philosophy. I found my place more in the idea of Essentialism. It fits my life with a wife and five kids a lot better.

The main point of the book is not so much having less but having the right things. It doesn’t just talk about material goods either. The book delves heavily into how we spend out time and the things we do for fun or work.

It’s a great read and one that I think would make a difference in your life.

Click here to see the other books on Redbeard’s Reading List.

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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Are You Utilizing Small Teams in Your Business?

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 working with a small team concept?

Have you tried small teams in the past?

Do you know which one of the soldiers above would be your spot on the team?

For answers to all these questions and more, get in touch. If you want to investigate small teams before calling me to consult with your group, check out the amazing book, Team of Teams by Gen. Stanley McChrystal.

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 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…

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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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