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Daniel Pink Quote on the Value of Work as a Utility

Leadership Utility


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The Power of One Person’s Commitment – A POW Bracelet Testimony

Lee continues to be humbly grateful for many people who prayed for and supported him during his over five-year POW experience. A special lady, Judy Groszek, was one of these individuals that wore a bracelet with Lee’s name and contacted Lee 40 years later to the realization that he had returned home.

Individuals like Judy are a great example to all of us of the power of generosity, commitment, and love for those around her. Never underestimate the impact of one person on another person’s life! Please share this story with others.


Judy is pictured in this photo.

Lee Ellis - POW Bracelet

POW bracelets were stamped with the captor’s name and date of capture.

This poster was distributed across the country in support of Lee and his fellow comrades.

This poster was distributed across the country in support of Lee and his fellow comrades.

Lee's family would personally write and mail letters to individuals who were wearing his POW bracelet. This is a copy of the letter that Judy received.

Lee’s family would personally write and mail letters to individuals who were wearing his POW bracelet. This is a copy of the letter that Judy received.


Lee Ellis is founder and president of Leadership Freedom® LLC, a leadership and team development consulting company. He consults with Fortune 500 senior executives in the areas of hiring, teambuilding, leadership and human performance development, and succession planning. He is also a speaker and the author of the award-winning book, Leading With Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton, in which he shares his experiences as a Vietnam POW and highlights leadership lessons learned in the camps. For more information, please visit

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Posted by on July 16, 2014 in Personal


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The First Moments of Lee’s POW Capture – Watch the Interview Clip

In dramatic detail, Lee shares how his POW story begins with his shoot down and capture over enemy territory. If you’ve never heard Lee describe these first moments, watch and share –

Learn More about Lee’s story and leadership lesson learned at


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Memorial Day – Reviewing the Wall of Faces

Wall of Faces VVMF

Remembering thousands of soldiers today that paid the ultimate price for our freedom. For a few moments, visit the Wall of Faces where more than 58,000 men and women are displayed in conjunction with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Click Here, and Happy Memorial Day


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The Latest Recommendation from Lee’s Bookshelf – “Executive Toughness” by Dr. Jason Selk

Jason Selk Executive Toughness

Here is the latest recommendation from Lee’s bookshelf – have you read it?

Executive Toughness by Dr. Jason Selk

Here’s a brief description – “People with inborn talent may be good at what they do–but only the mentally tough reach the highest plateaus in their field. And here’s the best news of all: mental toughness is something anyone can learn. Director of mental training for the St. Louis Cardinals and a top-tier executive coach, Dr. Jason Selk knows everything there is to know about developing the mental toughness required for achieving any goal you set for yourself. In fact, the techniques he outlines in this book are the same ones he used to help the Cardinals defeat the heavily favored Detroit Tigers in the 2006 World Series. He outlines the three fundamentals for attaining high-level success.”

Click here for additional information.

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Lee Ellis Interview – “What Did You Do to Catch Up After Your POW Experience?”

As a leader or growing leader, have you ever felt behind the curve in your education, talents, or abilities? We all face moments of insecurity and inadequacy.

Hear Lee’s thoughts on his experience in the 90-second video interview, and share your own –

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Remembering Warrior, Leader, and Fellow POW, Maj. Wes Schierman – Read About His Life

Wesley Schierman Tribute

Would you join Lee and his team in a special tribute in the passing of friend and fellow Vietnam POW, Maj Wes Schierman USAF (Ret) who passed away on January 4, 2014.

Per Lee, “Wes was a fellow POW for almost 8 years and one of the toughest and most courageous of our group. He was also a great man whom we all loved and respected, and I have been close friends with him and his wife, Faye, since our return from captivity. We mourn with Faye and will always remember this great warrior and friend.”

You can read about him in Lee’s book, Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton, on pages 71, 76, and 109. Here are some additional links about his life and accomplishments –

Link – Wes’ Veterans Tribute Page

Link – Local article in the about his life in the Everett Herald


Posted by on January 8, 2014 in Military, Personal


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