Overcoming Adversity & Seizing Opportunity with Super-Agent Nez Balelo

Nice guys finish first. Nez Balelo is a Major League Baseball super-agent, representing such players as Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels, Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers, Arizona D-Back’ Adam Jones and many more. Balelo also stands out as an anomaly. Raised in San Diego Ca, first-generation Portuguese descent where his family migrated from the Madeira …

Creating a Fearless Organization With Amy Edmondson

Amy C. Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School, a chair established to support the study of human interactions that lead to the creation of successful enterprises that contribute to the betterment of society. Edmondson has been recognized by the biannual Thinkers50 global ranking of management thinkers since 2011, and most recently was ranked …

Leaders Must Always Fight For The Big Picture

It’s so easy to get sucked into the minutia of everyday business, to fail in our leadership obligation and become a micro-manager. Professional aviation demands that pilots stay situationally aware at all times and fight for the big picture. There are numerous mishaps throughout aviation history where the flight crew got hyperfocused on a certain task or abnormal situation, leading …

Jon Schram Explains How to Find & Retain Top Talent That Obsesses Over Customer Service

Jon Schram is a husband, father, and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of The Purple Guys, a Midwest-based information technology support company.   With over 25 years of Business and IT experience, Jon fully understands the “business of business”. Having built three successful startups, he has learned how to leverage technology that supports growth. He also understands that …

Kelley Earnhardt Miller Shares Her Lessons on How to Win in Business & Life

As co-owner and general manager of JR Motorsports, Kelley Earnhardt Miller knows what hard work, dedication, and thriving in a “man’s world” looks like. Born into racing royalty, growing up on the racetrack surrounded by and competing with NASCAR’s greatest, Earnhardt Miller learned how to stand on her own merit with a clear understanding that it was going to take …

David English on How Great Leaders Build Off of Great Relationships

David English is the Vice President of Ad-Trend Outdoor Advertising and Owner of Simple English Consulting.  He’s a 15-year veteran in the marketing industry and a graduate of Rockhurst’s Executive MBA.   He’s an experienced sales manager and sales leader who has consistently increased revenue, decreased costs, and improved the quality of the work environment with a positive attitude. His management of a …

It’s Not Your Right to Challenge, It’s Your Obligation

The best leadership cultures are those that encourage their workforce to respectfully challenge the status quo. It’s the best way to get the best results, build sustainability, and prevent mistakes. It takes a tremendous amount of intentionality, confidence, & courage to create this environment of freedom. But it is an absolute requirement if you’re going to create cultures of decentralized …

“Staring Down the Wolf” with Former Navy Seal Mark Divine

Mark Divine is a former Navy SEAL officer, entrepreneur, bestselling author, and leadership expert. He graduated as honor-man from his SEAL BUDS class 170 and served nine years on Active Duty and 11 years as a Reserve SEAL before retiring as Commander in 2011. His career as a business entrepreneur includes co-founding the Coronado Brewing Company, launching the internationally known …

Like It or Not, You’re a Role Model

Whether you like it or not, you’re a Role Model!  It’s about “Setting the Example”; a basic leadership fundamental. I usually lead off with this tenant in all of my leadership talks. It’s one of those basic, common sense, leadership principles that when we hear it we say to ourselves, “Of course, I understand that”.   But successful leaders realize …

How to Lead in a Crisis

It’s inevitable that at some point in your life you will face a situation that will require you to remain composed under pressure. Your child is choking, a customer is irate and irrational, a team member is not pulling his weight, you come upon a car accident, you fly your aircraft through a flock of birds on take-off and lose …

Don’t Be Afraid To Make Things Uncomfortable

I wouldn’t describe my career as a professional aviator and Marine Corps Officer as a “comfortable” one. In fact, it was quite the opposite; the experience was at times arduous, challenging, & both physically & mentally challenging. Yet, I look back at my experience with tremendous fondness and pride.  I believe the reason why is because there must be some …

Building a Culture of “Rapid Leadership”

For decades Leaders & Managers have lamented that one of their most frustrating issue is the inability to successfully execute their most important initiatives. The challenge of execution is not a new problem.  In fact, it is probably one of the most documented and enduring problems that organizations face. When we don’t reach our goals we usually attribute the failure to …