Monthly Archives: February 2016

Leading with Honor Testimonial – Thank You!

Leading with HonorThank you next generation leader, Mitchell P., for your enthusiastic comments about Leading with Honor

“I wanted to read this book because I wanted to be a stronger leader. Through boy scouts I have been in leadership positions and try to stand out from the crowd. I felt like this book helped me become a better leader in my community and school. I can relate to the Ellis because he is diligent and tries to keep everyone hopes up in bad situations. This book defiantly lived up to the promise. It has, indeed, helped me become a better leader.”

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Posted by on February 29, 2016 in Uncategorized


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On This Day in Leadership History, February 28, 2016

On this day in leadership history in 1881, Thomas Edison hired Samuel Insull as his private secretary.

Insull’s career began as an apprentice clerk for various local businesses at age 14. He went on to become a stenographer at Vanity Fair. Through a newspaper ad, the 19-year-old became the switchboard operator for the London office of Edison’s telephone companies. When he learned of a job with Edison in the US, Insull indicated he would be glad to have it, provided it was as Thomas Edison’s personal secretary.

Today, he is known as an innovator and investor who greatly contributed to creating an integrated electrical infrastructure in the United States. The leadership lessons? Surround yourself with innovative people, and don’t despise small beginnings in your life and career!

Samuel InsullSamuel Insull – Wikipedia

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Posted by on February 28, 2016 in Uncategorized


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Ready to Leap into Spring with a Special Event? Join Lee in Pigeon Forge, TN!

Retro Weekend HeaderReady to leap into Spring with a special weekend event? Join Lee at the RetroWeekend event at the new DollyWood DreamMore Resort in Pigeon Forge, TN as he shares stories and leadership lessons learned from the POW Camps of Vietnam.

Learn more and register on their website –

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Posted by on February 27, 2016 in Uncategorized


Leading with Honor Wisdom for Today, February 26, 2016

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“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

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Posted by on February 26, 2016 in Uncategorized


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Living in the Tension of Change and Growth – 3 Ways to Challenge Your Mindsets

Looking for a change in the way that you do work and life? Often a change in perspective and the willingness to accept and live in paradox is the only way to do it. Be willing to live in the tension—holding two seemingly opposite concepts at once (such as being tough yet compassionate, or strong yet vulnerable).

Here are 3 tips –

  1. Try a Picture-in-Picture Approach.

My friend, Laurie Beth Jones, has a good analogy called the “picture-in-picture” approach. We must learn to keep more than one channel on the screen and be able switch between them. For example, a leader needs to be able to expand the “vision” onto the full screen in order to develop strategy while at the same time keeping the practical details of reality in the smaller background screen, knowing she’ll need to swap pictures again to deal with the here and now.

  1. Develop flexibility in yourself and others.

Push yourself to identify old mindsets that really aren’t working. When notice that your actions don’t seem to bring good results, consider taking a new perspective. As you get older, flexibility gets harder but it’s worth the effort. Share your growth and mentor others to do the same.

  1. Remember the Stockdale Paradox.

Leaders need resilience in tough times. Our POW leader, CDR James Bond Stockdale, the senior Naval officer in the camps knew a lot about resilience—spending more than four years in solitary confinement, two years in the infamous Alcatraz camp with many rounds of torture.

The “Stockdale Paradox” says – “You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end — which you can never afford to lose — with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.”

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Posted by on February 25, 2016 in Uncategorized


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The Latest Recommendation from Lee’s Bookshelf – “Extreme Ownership” – Read More

Extreme OwnershipThe Latest Recommendation from Lee’s Bookshelf – “Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win”.

Sent to the most violent battlefield in Iraq, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin’s SEAL task unit faced a seemingly impossible mission: help U.S. forces secure Ramadi, a city deemed “all but lost.” In gripping firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss, and hard-won victories in SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser, they learned that leadership—at every level—is the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails.

Read more about this special book, and if you’ve read this week please share your comments!

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Posted by on February 24, 2016 in Uncategorized


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Choose One – “Even though both are important, I’m naturally good at focusing on (Results or Relationships) in leadership.”

Choose One – “Even though both are important, I’m naturally good at focusing on (Results or Relationships) in leadership.” 

Please share your answer in this post – thank you!

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Posted by on February 23, 2016 in Uncategorized


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