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SeaWorld’s Former CEO Joel Manby: In Difficult Moments Seek Dialogue, Not Monologue

Great insight and experience from former SeaWorld CEO, Joel Manby, the leader who saw SeaWorld through the tumultuous period following the airing of the “Blackfish” documentary shares lessons learned about having difficult conversations and leading with love. “When Joel Manby took over as CEO of SeaWorld, the company was smack in the middle of national […]

3 Behaviors to Becoming a Positive Leader

Sometimes the hardest thing for leaders to do is to pause, reflect and then provide positive, affirming words to others. In the vernacular of performance reviews or debriefs, we generally label it as positive feedback, but I’m referring to regular, daily communication with others. Having been a leadership consultant, coach, and trainer for more than […]

Special Feature – “Freedom 34: The gift of flight”

A very special article from author, Jim Roberts, who was a UGA/AFROTC graduate and worked for me as a T-38 IP. And, the T-6 pilot, Wes Stowers, is a USAFA grad and board member (76) and flew F-4s. Our flight lead pilot in the Globe Swift aircraft was Paul Mercandetti a courageous “dustoff” (MedEvac) helicopter […]

Article – 4 Courageous Ways to Lead

Another great article from Lee published in the CLA Higher Thinking Blog – “4 Courageous Ways to Lead”. Please check it out on their website and post your wisdom and comments below –    

Coaching Article – The 5-Step Formula for Leadership Decision-Making

Think how it feels when you make a great decision—that warm and fuzzy feeling of satisfaction that everything worked out perfectly. I wish I could hit a homerun on every decision I make, don’t you? Making good decisions is crucial to having a good life and a successful career. Bad leadership choices can bring disappointment, […]

Appreciation For The Team – Questions to Ask

Especially at the end the year, this is perfect time to show gratitude and appreciation for your team—not hollow gestures but meaningful ways to say thank you. Here are some questions to ask to be more other-aware of your team members from accountability expert, Sam Silverstein.  Please check out this helpful article on Linkedin, and […]

Christmas Chronicles in the North Vietnam Dungeons

by Ted Ballard (1932-2019) (Lee’s Note: In this stirring and emotional article written by Lt Col Ted Ballard USAF (Ret) and former Vietnam POW, he recounts 7 Christmases when we were in the prison camps of Vietnam. We encourage you and to take a moment and read the details of these unforgettable events in his […]

Quick Advice on Battling Self-Doubt

Believing in yourself is anchored in your identity. The more clarity you have about who you are, the more you can believe in yourself and manage yourself in a crisis. Here is the contrast between insecure self and secure self. The Insecure Self Insecure thoughts and behavior are grounded in self-doubt and self-protection (issues from […]

Coaching Article – Securing Your True Leadership Self

In last month’s blog we talked about the importance of believing in yourself and how that played out right before our eyes in the recent World Series. Believing in yourself is anchored in your identity. The more clarity you have about who you are, the more you can believe in yourself and manage yourself in […]

3 Superstar Attributes from my Leadership Mentor

 As someone who may have an interest in human behavior and the power of understanding natural talents in yourself and others, I want to share the rich lessons that I witnessed for over 40 years with a very special mentor, Col Don Ellis USAF (1932-2018). Col. Don Ellis was a highly decorated Air Force officer […]

New Podcast Interview!

Lee Ellis just finished a new podcast interview entitled “A Lifetime of Leading and Learning” In this new interview, Lee talks with Australian leadership author and coach, Gerard Penna, about lessons learned throughout his career. Hear special, in-depth insights on how Lee has trained Fortune 200 teams and companies on the art and science of […]

3 Behavioral Success Attributes from Mentor Col Don Ellis

As someone who may have an interest in human behavior and the power of understanding natural talents in yourself and others, I want to share the rich lessons that I witnessed for over 40 years with this very special mentor—not related, but definitely like family, Col Don Ellis USAF (1932-2018). Courageous Military Responsibilities Col. Don […]

4 Quick Leadership Steps to Believe in Yourself

Have you ever had to coach yourself through a stressful moment and conquer the doubts and fears attacking your mind? Believing in yourself is always important, because we all struggle with some layer of self-doubt and encounter these battles.   Here are four practical steps that will get you to move in the right direction, […]

Coaching Article – Bouncing back when you make an error

Have you ever had to coach yourself through a stressful moment and conquer the doubts and fears attacking your mind? Believing in yourself is always important, so let’s pause, reflect, and do some self-coaching on this point. 2021 World Series Revisited The recent Baseball World Series gave us a couple of good examples of how […]

10 Traits of Highly Motivated People

At a recent event, friend and colleague Mary Kelly noticed these 10 traits of motivated people that were there. I liked them and thought would too. Please check them out on her website, and post your favorite motivational traits below –    

3 Quick Tips to Better Leadership Boundaries

Leaders must live in the tension of dichotomy or paradox. Often, it’s both. We should get out front in questioning rules and traditions that no longer serve a purpose, while at the same time rejecting the overreach of a “no-boundaries” attitude. This is clearly not an easy task and leaders must set the example.  Clarify […]

Five Ways to Get More Done With Less Work

We all want to do more in less time. There are many things we can do to help us accomplish this goal, but it is important that we don’t sacrifice the quality of our work. How many hours of the day do we spend doing things that don’t matter? Friend and colleague, Mary Kelly, says […]

3 Quick Tips to Avoid Team Burnout

Stress is hitting everyone hard—at all levels of the organization. The consistent and rapid changes due to COVID and the related uncertainty about the workplace seem unending. The shortage of people in the labor force has ramped up the challenges. At the same time, the divisions in our culture over vaccinations, race, foreign policy and […]

Coaching Article – 3 Leadership Attributes to Get Through Hard Times

Have you ever witnessed a leader keep a positive, caring influence intact amidst the harshest conditions? I often write and speak about the great leaders that we had in the Vietnam POW camps and how their positive, caring influence helped us to endure years of hardship and isolation and return with honor. Great leaders build […]

4 Ways to Get the Best Out of Your Team

It’s so critical for the honorable leader to have a keen understanding of the human domain, because we must face the dangerous reality that people desperately want to succeed at all costs (even if it potentially means cutting corners or side-stepping the truth). Honorable leadership must prevail to get the maximum performance out of your […]