To be resilient, must you have faced a major failure, life setback or constant daily challenges? The answer is no, so I’ve learned. Everyone is faced with some type of adversity in their life – Some just in smaller doses than others. I’ve often asked myself, does it make me less resilient if I’ve never had to overcome a major life setback or tragedy? Do I have a lower level of resilience because I’ve never had to live paycheck to paycheck or work 3 jobs to provide for my family? I have wrestled with this concept for quite some time. Is it possible for me to be as resilient as people who have battled back from a near death injury, or received a college scholarship after once failing out of school, or lead a successful corporate company after spending time in the military? How can I find my own resilience and […]
Do you ever let your age define your goals or expectations from life? Have you ever thought to yourself, I wish I could still do “this” or I wish I could learn to do “that”, but decided not to act because you thought you were too old, or too young, or not qualified, or afraid to be vulnerable, or just flat out scared? You’re not alone. EVERYONE has these moments. Moments of doubt and uncertainty. It’s hard to overcome these fears and tackle your goals or challenges head on. It’s easy to stay in your comfort zone, do what you know well and only maximize your strengths. If you take a risk, there is a chance you will fail. There is a chance you won’t make the team, or get the job, or surf the wave, or get the part, or lose the weight, or do well in the class. […]
Earlier this month I was fortunate to visit my alma matter, Northwestern University, and work with several different groups of student-athletes. The visit was quite nostalgic and surprisingly made me reflect on myself during my four years of college. Let me preface by saying I don’t have any regrets about my college experience or my performance as a student or an athlete. They were some of the greatest years and most memorable moments of my life. In talking with many current collegiate student-athletes, I have recently found myself thinking about things I believe I did well, and things I could have done better, both as an individual leader and as a team leader. Is there anything specific that you would tell your college self? We all know that a big part of college is growing and developing into a young adult. You’re not expected to be a perfect decision maker […]
All of our 45 United States Presidents made it to that prestigious position because they possessed leadership qualities and attributes in some form. However, simply because you are elected President, doesn’t mean you are automatically a great leader. Leadership is a process. Leadership requires work. Leadership necessitates action.
Personal Interlude: I’ll be honest – my inclination to write this blog stems from my lack of observance for the Presidents Day holiday while growing up. I used to view it as a day off school or a day off work. A few years back, I realized that I never thought deeply about the holiday’s significance and the impact our leaders have had on this country. So this year, I have decided to reflect and be thankful.
Out of our long list of Presidents, there are some who truly stand out as the most impactful leaders in our country’s history. Three Presidents who […]
Readers of my monthly column know that I use this opportunity each month to highlight something happening behind the scenes to move our city of Nashua forward, and these things are typically very much “under the radar” to most of us. The point of this column therefore is to shine a spotlight on those activities and those who are making them happen, so that more of us become aware of them and can choose to participate in those activities or support them in other ways.
Within this context, I’d like to use this month’s column to highlight a program that any parent in and around Nashua should learn more about. If you have kids anywhere between 5-10 years old, take note of what I’m going to share with you today. It involves a really neat partnership between our local Police Athletic League (PAL) and my company where I now […]
Leaders develop followers. People follow others and commit to leaders for a multitude of reasons. When thinking about your leadership capabilities and potential, consider whether or not YOU would follow YOU? It’s a unique way to assess your individual leadership skills, proficiencies and inefficiencies. Be honest and realistic about your self-assessment.
Can you quickly and effortlessly name three reasons why someone should follow you?
Was that easy, or did it make you critically think about your current level of leadership? Hopefully the question made you contemplate your best assets, as well as your liabilities and shortcomings.
If You WOULD Follow Yourself, Then Why?
Be conscious and aware of what makes you a great leader and understand why people follow you. Since you would follow yourself, you are most likely in tune with your strengths and believe in your abilities to willingly organize a group of people, to work towards a vision, to reach a […]
Every four years we are given the opportunity to watch the summer Olympics unfold. The games are a powerful reminder of what makes this world great and show us true examples of what it means to make sacrifices, trust in teammates, push the limits and show pride for one’s nation. The 2016 Summer Games have provided many wonderful examples of what it means to be a great athlete, in and out of competition. From watching the Olympics thus far, there are 3 lessons that have made an impact on me.
- EVERY SECOND COUNTS
For some sports, I should say “every tenth of a second counts.” It amazes me how in several events, the difference between a gold medal and 4th place can be less than a second or less than a point. It makes me realize that every moment and every move truly matters. I draw a parallel to my business […]
Leadership comes in many forms and every leader is different from the next. However, there are certain attributes that seem to play a consistent role in the success of many leaders. Four renowned leaders, who I personally find inspiring, show many of these qualities. I have highlighted six winning attributes through the success profiles of these leaders.
1. WARREN BUFFETT
Honesty – As a business leader, his company, his team and his brand are a reflection of himself. It’s visible through his work and his reputation, that Buffett has made honesty and ethical behavior a key value. People want to work for and surround themselves with hardworking, fair leaders. He has proven to be just that.
NO LEGACY IS SO RICH AS HONESTY
When asked the question, “If I could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would it be?” Warren Buffett is near, if not at, the top of my list. […]
On April 1st, 2016, our fearless leader, Brendan P. Keegan, captivated and inspired the entire student body of Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, NH. His keynote address was delivered to the school at the invitation of the school’s president, Linda Brodeur. The event, part of an Alumni Career Day, brought together all 750 students, along with faculty and administration members, to listen to Keegan’s message.
Keegan reflected on his own days as a BG Cardinal, shared his personal connection to the students and recalled his best memories of high school life. Keegan then sparked a determination within the students to overcome typical fears of anxiety experienced by teenagers. He encouraged them to think critically and creatively about their own ability to face anxiety and “crush life” in five different ways:
- Have Perspective
- Find Your Purpose
- Be Courageous
- Live with Faith
- Be a Leader at “Your Thing”
At the Victory Academy we work with the emerging generation […]
I’ve always been a firm believer that happiness comes when you can find balance in your life. It’s easy to have the mentality that your life could always be better in some way. And don’t get me wrong, it’s great to dream big and have lofty aspirations, but I personally feel that happiness comes when you can live for today, not just tomorrow. The components of your life all work together and influence each other. If you’re happy in your marriage, you’re more likely to be happy when heading to work each morning. If you’re satisfied with your work life, then you’re more likely to be in a positive mood when spending time with family and friends. In my young adult life, I’ve found that it’s all about balance and managing those levers to the best of your ability. When I face stressful or chaotic moments in life, I like […]