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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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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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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 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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Illinois State Ambulance Association Conference Resources

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.

Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

*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 of my book The Future of EMS. 

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The link will take you to the free Kindle on Amazon. If you want a PDF copy, just send me your e-mail, and I’ll get it right over. The FREE offer is only good the week of the symposium, so if you’re clicking any other time, it is still available HERE, just not free.

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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