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Who’s B.A.D. in 2013?

Nearly 26 years ago, Michael Jackson recorded an album (pre CDs) called BAD.  That album broke and set many sales records and is still selling today.  It produced 5 singles that reached number 1 on the charts.  One of those singles, also called BAD is the impetus for this post.  Part of the lyrics to the “BAD” song asks the question, “Who’s Bad?”  I think that’s a great question for us as well.  Who’s B.A.D.?  Who’s B.A.D. in 2013?

In the music video, MJ was asking that question of his rival in a scene leading up to what appeared to be a subway fight.  MJ said over and over again that he was BAD and we never get to a fight scene.  Fast forward 26 years and I’m asking that same question of you.  Who’s BAD?  Who’s Bold, Audacious and Daring in 2013?  If this is to be the best year of our lives, if we’re going to keep our New Year’s resolutions, if we’re going to grow and expand our businesses, even in a troubled economy, we have to be BAD!

So, I feel comfortable in asking the question.  Who’s B.A.D. in 2013?  Sound off, let us hear your thoughts and game plan for 2013.

 

See you on the high ground!

 

 

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Technically and Tactically Proficient

Every soldier, especially ones from my era, that ever received an evaluation is familiar with that phrase.  “Technically and Tactically Proficient” was actually more than just an overused phrase or buzz words, it was what every soldier strived for, it was also a way of life.  All of us wanted to be seen and recognized as someone that was “Technically and Tactically Proficient.”

Some of you remember how long and how hard you worked on your craft until you finally attained that distinction.  Yes, it took some of us longer than it took others, but in the end, we finally made it.  That determination, that sheer will to achieve your goals, that same kind of discipline and dedication are important in the world AFTER our uniformed service is over.

No matter where you are or what you’re doing as an employee or entrepreneur, it is still just as important to be “Technically and Tactically Proficient” at whatever it is you’re doing.  If, for example, you have a new career in the Sales Industry, you can’t just know the features (Technical) part of your widget.  You also have to know and be able to talk about the benefits (Tactical) part of your widget.

See, this really isn’t that hard or that different.  You proved yourself while in uniform, now prove yourself again out of uniform.  Make your customers and clients depend on you, make them want to only deal with you.  Make yourself indispensable!  Be Technically and Tactically Proficient again!

 

 

See you on the high ground!    

 

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Lessons from the Gunnery Gods at Fort Sill “U”

Every Field Artillery Officer MUST be proficient in Gunnery, at least that was the case several years ago when I attended Fort Sill “U” and I imagine that is still the case.  When I matriculated through Snow Hall we learned about many things, probably none more important than Gunnery.

We learned how various factors, including the elements could adversely affect the accuracy of fires we were attempting to put on target.  We learned about the physics, we learned about drift, we learned about accuracy and placement, we learned about survey, we learned how meteorological conditions impact precision.

We also learned that one of the best things we could do to help compensate for all the factors negatively impacting our accuracy of fires was to calibrate our howitzers.  Let me suggest to you the need to calibrate your businesses from time to time.  In our businesses, just as with the howitzers, we want to ensure we are achieving our objectives.

Take time to calibrate your business.  You just might be surprised at what you discover.  The information you discover can be used to get your business back on track, if it was off track or keep it running smoothly.

 

See you on the high ground!      

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