How to Take Ownership Today

How to Take Ownership Today

It’s easy to tell yourself or your teammate to “take ownership” of a problem or situation. But how do you actually do that? How do you “take ownership” of something? Here are the 4 steps to take ownership of a problem.      I recently published a review of the book...
It’s Not About You

It’s Not About You

I want to share a lesson I’ve learned to help all of us be better people and leaders.  If you want to ratchet up your leadership skills and be someone who can make things better than they are right now, keep reading.     A few weeks ago, on a picture-perfect snowy...
Recharting Your Course

Recharting Your Course

It was a weird and scary feeling – waking up in my Michigan hotel room on the first night of a “men’s retreat” at 2:58am with my heart pounding, gasping for air. “Why is my heart beating so fast? Did I stop breathing in my sleep? What is going on with me?” As I...
Be a Leader Who People Want to Follow

Be a Leader Who People Want to Follow

           If you were to ask me to measure the success of my military career, I would not point to the medals I was awarded, the awards I won, or even the missions I was asked to be on. Instead, I would walk you to my home office and point to the plaques I have...
How to Recover After a Bad Decision

How to Recover After a Bad Decision

Leaders make decisions, and it’s inevitable that some of those decisions will not lead to a great outcome. You probably don’t need me to elaborate on that point any further, we’ve all been there. But how should you handle the situation as a leader,...
How to Make Decisions

How to Make Decisions

Leaders make decisions. They decide which way to go and how to get there. One of the things that makes decision-making intimidating, especially as a new leader, is not having enough information to KNOW if you will be successful.  If you know that doing something will...
The Power of Empowerment

The Power of Empowerment

The best way to lead your team to accomplish a goal is to empower your team to do their job. Empowering someone simply means giving them the authority to do something. Beneath this transfer of authority (or “power”) is an expression of trust between the...
The Case for Peer Leadership

The Case for Peer Leadership

The topic of peer leadership is the most underrated leadership topic today.  I’m honestly baffled that no one really talks about it.  The reason for my shock is because peer leadership is the best way to develop as an excellent leader, and anyone can do it! I am...
The Benefits of Meal-Prepping

The Benefits of Meal-Prepping

As a dental student, I have a super busy schedule and I look for anything I can do to give me an edge. Right now, the biggest things I need to optimize in my life are time and money (I’m more focused on saving money, dental school isn’t cheap). In a quest...