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Essentialism: the Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown (Redbeard’s Reading List)

Welcome to the first entry in Redbeard's Reading List!

The first book I'd like to mention for this series is Essentialism by Greg McKeown. I just read it recently on the recommendation of my friend Paul Grau at Current Leadership Coaching.

For years I've experimented with minimalism because of a desire to not be overwhelmed and inundated with stuff. It helped me rid…

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Added by Dr. David W. Powers on March 14, 2017 at 7:02am — No Comments

Are You Utilizing Small Teams in Your Business?

The notion of small team leadership isn't new by any stretch, as you can see from the image below that comes from a decades old military manual.

After its successful use in recent years by special operations troops, many businesses, government entities, and even churches are seeing its benefits and practical applications.

Are you currently working with a small team concept?

Have you tried small teams in the past?

Do you know which one of the…

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Added by Dr. David W. Powers on February 21, 2017 at 12:38pm — No Comments

What does getting punched in the face have to do with goals?

In case you haven't been checking in with them or didn't know, every Friday here at my office is Facepunch Friday. It's the day we celebrate proper goal-setting in the face of adversity.

Because goal-setting often involves change and plans gone awry, that's why we highlight the facepunch, in honor of the famous Mike Tyson quote...

Your goals will likely never go according to plan, so that's why we plan for the problems. Here at the office we call…

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Added by Dr. David W. Powers on February 14, 2017 at 6:54am — 1 Comment

Best Teambuilding Movies?

I need some input from you on the best teambuilding movies out there. I'd love to get some ideas from you before I put together a poll to vote on the top ten.

My only caveat is that it has to be at least a small team and not a couple. For small team I'd go with 5 or more.

Here's some ideas from my end...

  • Oceans 11 series
  • Uncommon Valor
  • Expendables
  • Ronin
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Mission:…
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Added by Dr. David W. Powers on February 7, 2017 at 8:26am — No Comments

There's No Reason to Quit a Uniformed Job if You Don't Want To

It doesn't matter if you're a cop, EMT, firefighter, or a soldier. There may come a time when an injury, a boss, or the bureaucracy try to force you out. They may very well do it, too.

  • Disability hearing goes the wrong way.
  • All of a sudden you're not promotable.
  • The new chief wants a younger guy in your position.

There are a million reasons you may get booted, but it doesn't mean you have to leave uniformed service if you don't…

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Added by Dr. David W. Powers on February 1, 2017 at 7:04am — No Comments

How Much Money Did Your Business Make in the First Month of the Year? Mine Made...

How wide open are you with your business and your numbers? How wide open do you need to be?

I just finished up an awesomely productive three days with Ryan McRae of ADHD Nerd. I profiled him recently in one of my Success Stories. We worked on a lot of things. I kept him on track a little and helped him escape to the Hot Chocolatier…

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Added by Dr. David W. Powers on January 31, 2017 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Here's Your Chance to be Featured in the New Edition of My Rapid Skill Development Book!

I need your help with a project I’m working on. My book Rapid Skill Development 101 was published several years ago. The book hit several best-seller categories on Amazon, such as education and psychology, but it’s in need of updating.

Since the book came out I’ve had a few of the readers send me their stories after using it, but I would like to add more for a bigger and more helpful expanded edition. I’m also planning on adding examples of other careers that I’ve had coaching clients…

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Added by Dr. David W. Powers on January 30, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Success Profiles- Ryan McRae, Chief Nerd at ADHD Nerd

I coach people in high risk/high stress occupations and help them find enjoyable second careers after spending time in uniform. Because of that, I enjoy coming across success stories of folks who hit the ground running after their time downrange.

This is another in a series of profiles I’ll be presenting. I hope it encourages you and provides the motivation you need to keep moving forward.

Enter Ryan McRae, Chief Nerd at ADHD…

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Added by Dr. David W. Powers on January 26, 2017 at 8:17am — No Comments

Jack Reacher on Military Drifters

I'm a huge fan of the Jack Reacher series of books by Lee Child. The movies are so-so, but the books are a superb look into the mind of a professional military man turned drifter. For those of you in my age bracket, it's like The Equalizer meets David Carradine's Kung Fu.

I recently read The Affair, and there's a section in the book where Reacher talks about military bums. I want you to read it and feel free to let me know what you think. I served in both the Marine…

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Added by Dr. David W. Powers on January 24, 2017 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Why Do So Many People Die Soon After Retirement?

In a recent podcast my friend Dan Miller talked about retirement and what that means for most people.

I wanted to sum up a few points that are very applicable to my coaching clients, but the link is below if you like to listen to the entire thing.

  • He encourages people to have a 25 year plan that includes life beyond retirement.
  • Build a life with courage and not one of ease.
  • Most retirees say they want a life that's stress free and predictable.…
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Added by Dr. David W. Powers on September 6, 2016 at 8:51am — 7 Comments

Life After the Uniform- US Military Vets are Fighting Sex Trafficking

Welcome to my series on Life After the Uniform. The goal of this series is to provide options and ideas as the main impetus of my coaching practice is helping men and women in high stress/high risk jobs find fulfilling second careers.

I've worked some with a human trafficking group called The Exodus Road, but nothing like this. I saw this this news pop up recently about their efforts to engage military veterans in combating sex trafficking. I…

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Added by Dr. David W. Powers on August 26, 2016 at 7:51am — No Comments

Are You Living Life Forward?

My good friend Kent Julian has a business that revolves around living life forward. As a matter of fact, it's called Live It Forward. In case you're not familiar with the concept, he expresses it as "empowering you to move from dream to do". I've known him for a number of years, and he not only teaches others to do it but lives it in his own life.

Well, guess what? This year will be the inaugural launch of his new Live…

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Added by Dr. David W. Powers on August 24, 2016 at 7:37am — No Comments

Coffee Ramblings

Here's a couple of great pop culture coffee references for you...

My wife and I devoured the entire run of …

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Added by Dr. David W. Powers on August 15, 2016 at 7:59am — 2 Comments

Delta Airlines Should Switch Over to a 550 Team Setup

I'm sure by now most of you have heard of the monstrous computer FUBAR that Delta Airlines faced this week. If you were trying to fly Delta and you're reading this, I'm very sorry. I've slept in airports on several occasions, and it is not fun.

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Delta's computer shutdown and subsequent loss of service for virtually everyone in their system is common. Not the specifics but the idea that a small issue cripples an entire operation. Delta is experiencing a problem very…

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Added by Dr. David W. Powers on August 12, 2016 at 9:28am — 1 Comment

What Happens When Cops Get Fired?

The coaching side of my business focuses on helping people in high stress/high risk occupations establish successful careers once they leave the uniform behind. Much of the time this is law enforcement. Most of the time they're leaving because they retired or suffered a career ending injury.

But not always.

Sometimes my job deals with helping officers who get fired.

You see, just because an agent, cop, or detective gets fired doesn't change their motivations for wearing…

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Added by Dr. David W. Powers on August 11, 2016 at 10:53am — No Comments

Are You in the Right Place?

I just moved to Chattanooga TN a year ago, mainly due to some advice from my friend Dan Miller. It's not been easy. As a matter of fact, many aspects of it have been pretty hard because we had no family or support system where we moved. But still, it's worth it.

I feel I have to ask, are you in the right place for your calling?

Where you do what you do matters

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers.…

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Added by Dr. David W. Powers on July 12, 2016 at 9:42am — 2 Comments

Are You a Weird but Harmless Animal?

I saw this in a comic book and couldn't help but establish some correlation to my own life.

Zoo of Weird But Harmless Animals

I don't fit into many traditional molds. I don't look like a typical 'whatever' in the role I'm filling at any given time, be it dad, speaker, or coach. But that's okay. That's who I am. That's what makes me, well...me.

I'm a weird but harmless animal.

I hope you are too.

Don't ever be normal.

Be you.

This message was written by a team of…

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Added by Dr. David W. Powers on July 5, 2016 at 10:45am — No Comments

Creating a Countdown Clock to...

Chris Guillebeau, world famous traveler, best selling author, and guy I've met (yeah, I'm totally name-dropping here) posted recently about creating countdown clocks to foster a sense of urgency and awareness for a goal.

I really liked the idea. You can read his blog HERE. It also has a cool story about Chris's dad. 

Oh, I'm not just name-dropping. Here's a picture of me and Chris together.…

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Added by Dr. David W. Powers on June 24, 2016 at 9:47am — 2 Comments

What Would You Do if Your Employer Closed Their Doors Forever?

A local Fujifilm plant in Dayton TN is shuttering its doors and shifting production to other plants. You can reference an article about it HERE. As I read the article I could see the writing on the wall regarding this event. I'm not talking about a sudden thing either. I'm talking about a decades long build up to this event.…

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Added by Dr. David W. Powers on June 8, 2016 at 7:58am — No Comments

Who wants to be a Professional Speaker?

First off, what is a professional speaker? A professional is defined at its most basic as someone who makes money from their 'thing'. If you want to make money as a speaker, then you want to be a professional speaker. It's that simple.

This includes...

Pastors

Motivational speakers

Corporate trainers

Comedians

...and even more

If you're in any of those positions and you want to learn more about becoming a professional, i.e. paid, speaker, you…

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Added by Dr. David W. Powers on May 25, 2016 at 9:42am — No Comments

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