Know Thyself - 5% Moments

There are three different components here: There is the perception of yourself, the perception others have of you, and then there’s the way you really are. If those three aspects are out of alignment anywhere, you have a problem. Mine were all out of whack. I had lived with a false perception of myself for much of my career, and when it was tested, my house of cards collapsed. It had hindered me all the time.

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Stoic is the Leader

I quickly replied that our teammate was going to drown if they didn’t immediately pull him out of the water.  They needed to have a sense of urgency.  He told me, screaming at them did not convey the need any better and if anything may have caused them to do something different than what I needed.  Staying calm in the midst of chaos and clearly articulating what you need will not only get more immediate results, you will earn the respect of those around you for being unflappable

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The Pressure Cooker - Emotional Leadership

As I got older I began to recognize that one of the key components of leading yourself is strong emotional leadership; the ability to project leadership and confidence and motivate and inspire people regardless of the doubts or frustrations you may feel on the insideGreat leaders lead at all times, regardless of how they feel.  As I grew up both mentally, physically and emotionally, I got much better at controlling my emotions and projecting what was needed in the situation

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F is for Failure

Embrace Failure.  Let your kids learn to fail.  Because out of failure they will learn to overcome.  For every failure I’ve had, I had to dig deep and overcome it.  I had to deal with the pain.  I had to deal with the mistakes I had made.  I had to reevaluate myself and figure out – what caused the failure? Was it me or external causes? Failure makes us come to grips with all of that.

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Touching the Dragon

He infuses his storytelling with wit, humor and great descriptions of life in a war zone riding along on the “Bullet Train”.   In the midst of all of this is his love of dogs as a SEAL dog handler and how years of combat and the loss of two key dogs, led to Jimmy almost losing his mind.  

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Above and Beyond

Above and Beyond.  What does this phrase truly mean?  Everyone in life aspires to move up, to get better, to reach a higher level than the one they are at.  For all these things, that denotes progress and success, but

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Evan West
Freedom is a Gift

Our forebears were awestruck at the sight of her; welcoming them proudly, holding her tablets and hoisting her torch high above her head in all her glorious splendor. As they stepped off the ships,

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Evan West
The Downfall of Decency

These are the words that are dominating the 24 hour news cycle. We are consumed by them and they are becoming our new reality. So much so, that now whenever someone shares a view of the world that differs from ours

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Evan West
50 Shades of Grey

No, this title is not about sex or bondage. Instead it is about how as leaders we must see the world through the lens of reality, not just from our own perspective or beliefs. You see, when I was younger, I saw...

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Evan West
The Beauty of a Darker Soul

A friend of mine, former Army Major Josh Mantz has an amazing story.  Josh’s story and passion for life is both amazing and an inspiration for all Americans. Legally dead for 15 minutes...

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Evan West