I am a proud US Air Force veteran. I served between Gulf Wars in the late ’90s. I was deployed to the Persian Gulf twice and spent my last year in the Republic of Korea.
And I am always embarrassed when someone thanks me for my service.
Over the last two months, I was privileged to create and deliver a seminar called “Survive – and THRIVE! – Through Change” to my organization’s front line leaders. It was well-received and confirmed to me that there’s something for me to build on as I start expanding from writing to speaking. Delivering my program – I was the actualized Todd.
In the program, I used lessons learned during my time as a Military Working Dog Handler in the Air Force to explore some factors that drive effectiveness in moving through change for people, teams, and organizations. I’m building on this concept to create a larger program focusing on the foundations of effective leadership. I’ve named it “Leadership From The End Of The Leash”. Today I want to share one concept from that program:
Hey, I’m trying.
The blog is 3 1/2 years old. I started this as a means to explore my creative side and free myself from the fear of failure. I’m happy with what I’ve written. I’ve written all kinds of stuff and stayed true to my goals. Along the way, my posts have been viewed more than 39k times. I laughed, cried, and raged on this blog.
But it’s never the wrong time for a little dose of humility.
Election Day! Our opportunity as members of a democratic republic to make our voices heard and elect our leaders. With the 2016 Presidential election a year away, this year is mainly local candidates here in Upstate New York. So let’s have a little fun with some HEROIC candidates in my “What If?” Election Day edition!
Let’s start with: