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How to Ensure Career Success by Knowing What NOT TO DO.

Success in the workplace is a matter of personal perception. It is defined by each individual and may differ from one to the other. Regardless if your career goal is to climb the Warrior ladder,…

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For the Warriors in the Arena

There has been a lot of media attention lately, focusing on the efforts of Warriors. The attention from these critics may cause our front line Warriors to question themselves and create an opportunity for hesitation during critical…


Rule #1 Talk about Fight Club

As professional Warriors, we all know that there are many challenges associated with training. Sometimes it’s the cost, the proximity, the time or the process of trying to find a credible trainer. Regardless of what the challenges (excuses) are, we owe it to our family’s, our colleagues and ourselves to maintain our skills. Recently I found one of the best ways to maintain my skills

Small Unit Leadership

Small Unit Leadership

In it’s simplest form this book is about developing fundamental skills of leaders in the Army. But it is not just for Army leaders, as the knowledge in this book can be applied to all Warrior fields or any industry that wants to improve the foundation of their command effectiveness.

820th Airborne Red Horse conduct air drop and sling load training on Nellis AFB

Complete Leadership

There is a big misconception out there between the relationship of management and leadership. A lot of people strongly believe that as a leader you are not necessarily a manager and that mangers are not necessarily leaders. The true fact of the matter is that in order to effectively lead people you must posses the skills of a manager. As well managers will have greater success in executing their duties if they also have the skills of a leader. The term manager is often associated with resources, numbers and logistics. Whereas leaders are often described as those who can influence the behaviors of others. Well in reality if you are an ineffective manager then you will be an ineffective leader and vice versa. Ineffective leaders are usually a product of their inabilities in relation to the management of resources, finances, logistics and processes. Ineffective managers may have the necessary administrative skills however they lack the influential component of leadership.


Why do Warriors Need Combative training?

I am a big endorser of anything relating to combatives, fighting arts and physical protection skills. I have honed my skills over the years and helped others develop theirs. A big problem I have noticed lately is a decrease in offensive fighting skills when it comes to recruit and in service training for many organizations. This wouldn’t be an issue if our world had become less violent, with a decrease in attacks on Warriors. Although I do not have any statistics to back up this point, I believe that violence is increasing and attacks on those who protect others are also on the rise. I strongly believe that Warriors involved in training, leading and front line operations need to increase their fighting skills; for the following reasons.


Instructor More Than a Piece of Paper

Over 15 years ago I completed my first defensive tactics instructor course. It was 5 days long and I walked away with a piece of paper and an attitude that I was invincible. This new found confidence (or cockiness) gave me the motivation to begin down a path that has followed me every since. Fortunately for my students, myself and the organizations I worked for, I learned and developed along the way.

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Why I Train