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Memorial Day; after the Remembrances

Today we celebrate the rich history of selfless service to the nation by all the men and women that have laid down their lives to ensure our freedoms.  That is a debt of gratitude we can never truly repay, but we owe no less to the families of those heroes and she roes that made all our todays and tomorrows possible.

We have a generation of young Veterans returning from combat in foreign lands on foreign battlefields.  Many, if not most have been scarred for life, either physically or psychologically.  Many are returning to broken, foreclosed homes and staggering unemployment.  They are returning to a public and to a country they have spent the better part of the last 10 years making safe from terrorism.

The world that on this day is so very thankful for their service, but can’t seem to understand the value or relevance of the skill sets developed during that service.  How on earth is that possible?  How is it that a 21 year old that lead a squad or platoon of men into COMBAT can’t lead a group of employees at your company?

Will we just fire up the grills, eat way too much, settle in to watch the basketball game tonight and forget about who and what made it possible for us to enjoy those pleasures?  Or, will we redouble our efforts to find a real and tangible way to show our immense gratitude and appreciation for those who serve.  Hire a Veteran; it’s your civic and patriotic duty.

 

 

See you on the high ground!

 

 

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What does Memorial Day mean to you?

Throughout history there have been wars and rumors of war.  War is as much a part of the human experience as breathing.  Memorial Day perhaps has its origins in Richmond, Virginia and was formerly known as Decoration Day.  It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the last Monday of May.  By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  As a marker it typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

That is all I will contribute to the history lesson on Memorial Day.  I will however, ask a simple question, “What does Memorial Day mean to you?”  Is it time to break out the grill and celebrate the beginning of summer?  Is it the official signal that the NBA finals are almost over and FOOTBALL is just around the corner?  Is it a reminder that you still need to loose that last 15 pounds or so before you can show that beach body you spent all winter working on?

I am old enough to remember when members of different communities would gather to clear off and clean up cemeteries where their family members were laid to rest.  Actually, those times are probably my first memories of Memorial Day.  Time has a way of washing away traditions like that.

As we prepare for the coming long weekend, I ask that we pause to remember those great Americans that paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we have the freedoms to celebrate this and other holidays as we choose.

 

 

See you on the high ground!

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How do I Show Up? Three little words.

How do I show up?  Have you ever asked that question of yourself?  Yes?  That’s awesome!  Better still, have you ever answered that question?  If you did, how truthful were you?  We can lie to any and everybody else, but we can’t lie to ourselves.  Knowing how you show up is really important, especially when you’re looking for potential business partners or in need of referrals.

The National Veterans Conference is just around the corner and upwards of 6,000 attendees are projected to be in the Motor City the last week in June.  Most of the usual suspects will be there, of course the federal, state and perhaps even some local buyers will be on hand too.  When you get the opportunity to walk the floor, how will you show up to the people you meet?

As you swiftly move from breakout session to breakout session and traverse the corridors of the Cobo Convention Center, how will you show up to the people you meet?  What three words do you want people to think when they see you?  What do you want people to think about you after they spend time with you?  What three things are you willing to commit to doing to ensure your pre and post National Veterans Conference experiences are powerful?

 

See you on the high ground!

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“What’s in your Back Pocket?”

Some time ago I wrote a story about a push-up challenge my then teenage sons issued to me.  My wife was needlessly worried about me as I had been retired a few years and hadn’t regularly done PT since retiring.  In the story I told her, “I keep 50 in my back pocket.”  True to my word, I did and still do.  Needless to say, I smoked my boys like a cheap cigar.

Thinking back to that story inspired this question for you.  What’s in your back pocket?  What special bit of information, skill, speech, quote, elevator pitch or any number of things do you keep in your back pocket ready to serve your will in a moments notice?

Years ago in a foreign land another soldier told me a story his father shared with him.  This soldier’s father was a politician.  The politician told his son that he always keeps a speech in his back pocket because as a politician he never knew when he might be asked to give a speech.  I thought that was really good advice and committed to always keeping something of value in my back pocket as well.  “What’s in your back pocket?” 

 

See you on the high ground!    

 

 

Filed under: Government Contracting, Leadership, Strategy, Woods Consulting Group