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“If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success”.

– John D. Rockefeller



STEVE JOBS displays on Apple products


“It’s not just recruiting. After recruiting, it’s building an environment that makes people feel they are surrounded by equally talented people and their work is bigger than they are. The feeling that the work will have tremendous influence and is part of a strong, clear vision — all those things.”

– Steve Jobs

LinkedIn, What I learned about leadership, by Steve Brownlee

Who Packed My Parachute ?

And now for the rest of the story...

Relief of Vietnamese prisoners at Hoa Lo Prison- Hanoi, Vietnam


Last year a favorite post was “Who Packed My Parachute” the story of Captain Charles Plum a US Navy aviator shot down over Vietnam. Thinking it may be of interest as a LinkedIn post, I re-posted it there to find it popular there as well. While trying to research additional pictures for possible use I found this brief writing by Paul Galanti, whose career crossed Charles Plum’s several times; first at Annapolis, then flight school, and finally in a prisoner of war camp. He gives an interesting picture of the type of person Charles Plum was.

And now for the rest of the story…

by Paul Galanti

Charlie Plumb was one of my plebes at Annapolis during the summer of 1960. Later I flew a couple of check flights with him in Pensacola when I was a primary flight instructor. In June 1967, the “V” had some East German visitors filming “Pilots in Pajamas” in our camp. I was in the October 1967 Life Magazine cover “Clean & Neat” cell plotting how to foil any attempts to use us for propaganda when I heard a clatter outside the room.

I ran to the window (it had fixed slats and was the only cell I lived in from which I could look out) and saw a guard followed by a POW going under the window. As they passed out of sight, another POW appeared moving more slowly. As he passed under the window, I whispered, “I’m Paul Galanti. Who are you?” The POW looked startled and pressed on to get his food.

When they returned he fell very far behind his cellmate and the guard, glanced up at the window and whispered back, “I’m Charlie Plumb. Thanks for not washing me out of the check ride, you S.O.B.”

Can you imagine the coping skills utilized by Charles Plum during his long and arduous captivity? One would be his sarcastic humor which I share. Of course mine was never tried to the extent that his was. Once again we have to be thankful for those who gave so much for their country.


New Chapter in your Life?

 new life loading concept

Chapter 1

I walk down the street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I fall in.

I am Lost… I am helpless

It isn’t my fault.

It takes forever to find a way out.

 Chapter 2

I walk down the street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I pretend that I don’t see it.

I fall in again.

I can’t believe I am in this same place.

But, it isn’t my fault.

It still takes a long time to get out.

 Chapter 3

I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I see it is there.

I still fall in … it’s a habit… but, my eyes are open.

I know where I am.

It is my fault.

I get out immediately.

 Chapter 4

I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I walk around it.

 Chapter 5

I walk down another street.

Not sure who to credit this with since I have seen it in various locations with credit being given. I first heard it being told by John Maxwell on one of his CD lessons.



This half-day event will equip leaders with new perspectives, practical tools and key takeaways that you can immediately put into action.



John C. Maxwell – Leadership expert, best-selling author and coach.

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B. Kevin Turner – Chief Operating Officer, Microsoft (special video interview)


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Time: 8:00 - 12:00 noon
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Conference Commando – Revisited

Getting the most out of your conference opportunity!

SAS Badge

Last year I posted two separate posts regarding attending conferences and getting the most out of the opportunity. One “Become A Conference Commando” after not taking advantage of the advantages provided by a conference. The second “Conference Commando #2” after preparing a plan to optimize the opportunity. As I prepare to attend my professional association ASHE’s Annual Conference, I thought it would be helpful to post these fifteen tips from one of my virtual mentors, Keith Ferrazzi.


15 Tips: Conference Commando

A conference is a huge opportunity to build relationships with extraordinary people, people who might have significant impact on your professional or personal success. To make sure that you maximize the return on your (and your organization’s) investment of time and money to attend, you can’t afford to be a conference commoner. You have to be a “Conference Commando”.

#1 Remember the 7 P’s. Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss-Poor Performance. What do you want to achieve? Who do you want to meet?

#2 Know your targets. Get the list of conference attendees, then go through the list and note those you want to meet.

#3 Gather intelligence. If you want to get to know someone, the first thing you should do is figure out how you can help them. Google them.

#4 Strike early. Don’t wait for the conference to start your networking. A week or two beforehand, pick up the phone and call at least the top three people you want to be sure to meet.

#5 Never attend a conference. Well, never just attend a conference. You can acquire a 30 second commercial for yours just by asking a thoughtful question during Q&A.

#6 Slight the speakers. Don’t waste time standing in line to meet a speaker after his or her song and dance. There will be so many other brilliant people at the conference; go meet them!

#7 Get a wingman. Wouldn’t it be great to show up to the conference with somebody who’s actually on your side, who’s got your back, who’s working with you?

#8 Draft off a big kahuna. Get to know some of the most well-known folks at the conference or the conference organizers themselves and hang with them.

#9 Be an info-hub. Get really familiar with the conference program. Then pick the brains of conference staff and anyone else willing to share the ins and outs of what’s happening in and around the big meeting.

#10 Work hard on break. You can get out there and do what you really came to the conference to do—meet people!

#11 Hijack a dinner. Arrange a dinner at a special place out on the town you’re visiting with people who care about a particular topic that matters to you, or modify a conference meal that’s already paid for by inviting specific people to join your table as you meet them during the day.

#12 Let your guard down. You’ll have to push yourself to be human and open up enough to get your acquaintance to start sharing. Then listen, listen, listen with warmth and sincerity.

#13 Master the Deep Bump. Once you’ve successfully taken your conversation with a new acquaintance down deep, past the shallow small talk, secure an invitation to reconnect later. Then bump! Move on and meet more people.

#14 Take names (and notes). Before you conclude the Deep Bump, and move on after making a new acquaintance, be sure to get a business card. Furthermore, flip over the card and jot down a few words to remind yourself of what you two discussed, any relevant personal details you wish to remember.

#15 Follow up or fail. Don’t wait until you return home from the conference to ping people whose cards you collect.

Condensed from a post by Keith Ferrazzi, Posted December 11th, 2008

Also consider Keith Ferrazzi’s book, Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time. Using either of these resources will help you succeed in your networking. As the SAS motto states “WHO DARES WINS”. Go out there and win.



  1. Are you utilizing the opportunities provided by your conferences?
  2. How can you better optimize your opportunities?

Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.

—Colin Powell




By the Rend Collective and from their new album “Home Made Worship” this is “Build Your Kingdom Here” with lyrics. Download from iTunes.

With Lyrics


Come set your rule an reign

In our hearts again

Increase in us we pray

Unveil why we’re made

Come set our hearts ablaze with hope

Like wildfire in our souls

Holy Spirit come invade us now

We are You church

Ans we need Your power

In us



We seek Your kingdom first

We hunger and we thirst

Refuse to waste our lives

For You’re our joy and prize

To see the captive hearts released

The hurt, the sick, the poor at peace

We lay down our lives for Heaven’s cause

We are Your church

And we pray revive

This earth


Build Your kingdom here

Let the darkness fear

Show Your mighty hand

Heal our streets and land

Set Your church on fire

Win this nation back

Change the atmosphere

Build Your kingdom here

We pray


Unleash Your kingdom’s power

Reach the near and far

No force of hell can stop

Your beauty changes hearts

You beauty changing hearts

You made us for more than this

Awake the kingdom seed in us

Fill us with the strength and love of Christ

We are Your church

We are the hope

On earth