The Force Awakens A New Hope For The Series

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened two months ago. It’s a worldwide blockbuster – as expected – and has made more than $2 billion at the box office. I’ve got some thoughts on the movie (shocker, right?) and you’ve had a chance to see it. So let’s make that jump to hyperspace and get into it.

Spoilers ahead…

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Judging A Blog By Its Cover

So, I’ve got a new header image for the blog!

A very good friend, the very talented Tami (her website is here!) designed a new logo and banner for me. I love them. They are uniquely mine and I love the whimsy feel.

As I’ve shared a few times, I’ve gone from writing as an exercise to free my self from the fear of failing to realizing how important this self-expression is to beginning a new chapter as a speaker. I’ve got an ambitious goal for next year and I can’t wait to share it with you! (In the meantime, interested in an entertaining and insightful speaker on the topics of diversity and inclusion, leadership, change management, or geek culture? Drop me a line!)

Just a happy little update this morning – thanks for stopping by, reading a post or two, commenting, and sharing! It’s been an amazing journey!

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How To Thank A Veteran

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.

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Make Sense: Leadership From The End Of The Leash

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:

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Chapter 140: In Which The Universe (And An Internet Marketing Consultant) Show Me That I Am Not Nearly As Witty As I Think I Am

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.

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