Leadership / Motivation / Inspiration

Sometimes you’re the fire, sometimes you’re the fuel.

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Usually I’m the fire. As a leader, I think that’s what you usually need to be. Not in a hotheaded, flamethrower, roast’em type of way, but in an energy-building, motivational way. I’m a rah-rah cheerleader-coach type of guy. …

Leadership / Parenting / Projects

It doesn’t have to end like it started.

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Sometimes things get off to a rocky start. That is essentially every family trip for my family. I like to make a plan, set a time, and hit the mark. When we say we’re going to start at 8:00, to me that means everyone in the minivan rolling down the…

Leadership / Adversity

Sometimes life throws you a curve ball.

My curveball yesterday. Photo by author.

No bloodshed. No injuries. Totaled car. My little Nissan gave its life for mine. I felt like a cowboy whose horse gives its last breath getting him out of danger but dies succeeding.

I’m not a car guy and I really don’t develop much emotional attachment to vehicles. That little…

Leadership / Set Them Free

When it’s time to fly . . .

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My 24-year-old daughter graduated with her master’s degree this spring and we just moved her to North Carolina for her first “real” job. She’s worked for years in various positions but they were all temporary jobs as she worked towards her degree(s).

My wife and I understand this is the…

Leadership / Development / Human Resources

It isn’t as difficult as it may first appear.

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One of the things I’ve encountered repeatedly in my leadership training work is the phenomenon of people who were really good at their job being promoted to a management position. Just because you were the best janitor doesn’t mean you should become head of housekeeping!

The title of Marshall Goldsmith’s…

Leadership / Darkness / Success

Getting unfunked.

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I’m going through a tough time. COVID makes everything bad, of course. It’s especially impacted my leadership training and development business. I’ve done some webinars, on-line training, and remote speeches but the reality is when much of the workforce is working remotely, no one wants another Zoom meeting. …

Leadership / Selfless Service / Parenting

Selfless service sets you up for success.

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I’ve been reading by Stephen Covey. It was published in 1990 so it’s aged a little bit but man, is it chockful of wisdom. I feel it speaks to me very directly and I find myself reflecting on what I’ve read that day over and over again.


Leadership / Crisis / Problem Solving

Leaders set the tone.

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My mother has a rental house she’s decided to sell. The last tenant lived there for twenty years and there’s a good bit of deferred maintenance to be done. This morning, she had her handyman give the place a look over and tell her what he thought.

Mom was upset…

Leadership / Focus

Life goes on.

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My brother died August 19th. My uncle died September 3d. In January, I lost another uncle and a first cousin, both to COVID. 2021 hasn’t been a great year.

But this evening, I went out to dinner with my extended family to celebrate a birthday. Life goes on. …

Leadership / Focus


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My brother died on August 19th. He was 56, seemingly in good health with no history of heart problems. It has altered the course of events in my life immeasurably as well as my mother, his wife, his daughters, nieces, and nephews.

This isn’t really about Mike though. I’m trying…

Mark McMillion

Retired Army officer with two tours in Baghdad, taught at West Point, married with four kids. Proud West Virginian and West Point grad. Amazon pubs.

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