Lessons from the Rugby Pitch

In just a few days, on November 1st, the United States Eagles, our national rugby team, will take on the New Zealand All Blacks in an international rugby test match. The All Blacks, which is the national rugby team, is inarguably the most dominant team of any sport from any era. Over the past 100…

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Feedback: The essential component for growth

Feedback. The mere idea of it makes many people cringe – an almost universal reaction for both managers and employees alike. Although it’s a necessary component of professional and personal growth, it’s also unfortunately associated with negative information and/or judgments.

There are many kinds of feedback. Ken Blanchard, who says that “feedback is the breakfast of champions”, uses the analogy of a bowler who can’t see the pins to demonstrate how visual feedback helps that person know where to throw the ball. Seeing; hearing; feeling; these are all types of feedback that are vital to our lives and don’t typically induce anxiety. Others do.

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September 11, 2001 – This Veteran’s Thoughts

Thirteen years ago, today, I was the Assistant Chief Recruiter for the Naval Reserve Recruiting Command, Area Northeast, located at the Naval Observatory in Northwest Washington, DC. That morning I was sitting at my desk when one of our officers stuck his head into our office and announced that a plane had just crashed into…

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A Parade of Inspiration

I recently had the privilege of attending the Friday evening parade at the Marine Barracks, Washington DC. Those who have spent time in the Marines will recognize it as a standard affair: a lot of pomp and circumstance where the band plays, orders are announced, and the Marines pass-in-review. (To see what it’s all about,…

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Front Row Performance Coaching President Earns ACC Credential

For Immediate Release: Front Row Performance Coaching is pleased to announce that its President, Neal Henderson, has earned the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential from the International Coach Federation (ICF). Neal successfully completed an ICF-approved program that included trainings in ethics and coaching competencies, as well as a practical application component. He also passed a…

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Relationships matter!

Engagement in the US Is your job a source of happiness? Do you care about what happens in your workplace? If you answered “yes”, you are, sadly, in the minority in America. According to a 2013 Gallup poll, only 30% of the workforce is “engaged”, meaning they “are involved in, enthusiastic about, committed to their…

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Military Veterans: Highly Skilled and Ready to Work

The post-war focus on the future of this country’s military veterans has garnered a great deal of press as of late – most of it, sadly, about the ways the government is failing our vets returning from war. One extremely pertinent and lesser-known issue is integrating military veterans into the civilian workforce. This cohort of potential workers is ripe for success, but few outside of the military know what they bring to the table and what kinds of employees they can be.

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What is leadership, and why do we care?

There are many books, articles, and papers that have been written on the topic of leadership. I find it interesting that so many popular books, such as Jim Collin’s books; Built to Last or Good to Great,  or Captain Abrashoff’s It’s your Ship, focus on leadership from the CEO’s vantage point.  There are also a…

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Leadership Lessons of the Geese

As I embark on this journey of writing my blog, I want to establish it as one that discusses topics affecting readers from every strata of today’s economic food chain. Leadership is a relationship; consequently, I believe leadership is not the bailiwick of the C-suite, but the bailiwick of any person who interacts with others….

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