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Welcome to my leadership development blog!  All entries are short, direct, and conversational. Interestingly, they are written from the point of view of a rifle named “Shot.”  In so doing, I am combining my leadership coaching and a book I authored under the pen name of Willard Jackson.  (The book is entitled Shot: A Rifle’s True Tales of a Prairie Farm.)  From Shot, you’ll learn proven characteristics and practices of leadership: aim straight, hang with winners, put safety first, use the right ammo for the right effect, and so on.  Expect some rifle lore along the way.

Hi. I’m Shot. More than my name, shot is my condition: worn, rusted, and broken in two. I have been around a long time, and I’ve gone through a lot of “situations” . . . What I was, and still am, though disabled, is a Model 67 Winchester .22 caliber long-barrel rimfire rifle, a bolt-action single-shot equipped with a wing-style safety. With a rear, adjustable sight, I was crafted in the day of marksmanship—one shot was all that was needed.

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Shot 118:  I WAS THE BEST!

Shot 118: I WAS THE BEST!

— To follow is a bullet of wisdom on leadership.  It comes from Tom’s rifle, named Shot, who has seen it all.  You’ll get the drift by clicking Blog in the menu above. — I WAS BEST AT ACCURACY.  Maybe I had to be, because, you see, as a single shot rifle, I generally only got one chance.  Yes sir, I had skill and…

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Shot 117:  COURTESY

Shot 117: COURTESY

— To follow is a bullet of wisdom on leadership.  It comes from Tom’s rifle, named Shot, who has seen it all.  You’ll get the drift by clicking Blog in the menu above. — ARE WE BECOMING LESS CIVIL?  With hunting one practices courteousness.  Hunters hold each other’s weapons when traversing rough terrain or when opening gates.  They make allowances for each other.  They…

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Shot 116:  SPEAK SOFTLY

Shot 116: SPEAK SOFTLY

— To follow is a bullet of wisdom on leadership.  It comes from Tom’s rifle, named Shot, who has seen it all.  You’ll get the drift by clicking Blog in the menu above. — “…AND CARRY A BIG STICK.”  You, of course, know who said that.  Bully, for Teddy.  What’s the point of bellicose bluster?  It makes you look like a hunter with no…

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Shot 115:  BULLY PULPIT

Shot 115: BULLY PULPIT

— To follow is a bullet of wisdom on leadership.  It comes from Tom’s rifle, named Shot, who has seen it all.  You’ll get the drift by clicking Blog in the menu above. — TEDDY ROOSEVELT AGAIN.  He called the presidency his bully pulpit.  He was determined to lead in ways none had before.  And he did.  As a rifle, I got to admire…

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Shot 114:  FAMILY MAN AND LEADER

Shot 114: FAMILY MAN AND LEADER

— To follow is a bullet of wisdom on leadership.  It comes from Tom’s rifle, named Shot, who has seen it all.  You’ll get the drift by clicking Blog in the menu above. — CAN YOU BE BOTH?   I see “leaders” sacrificing family for fame or fortune.  I don’t like it.  Rudy would never have forsaken his family for higher gain.  Neither would have…

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Shot 113:  WHIPPERSNAPPER

Shot 113: WHIPPERSNAPPER

— To follow is a bullet of wisdom on leadership.  It comes from Tom’s rifle, named Shot, who has seen it all.  You’ll get the drift by clicking Blog in the menu above. — BEING CALLED THAT IS RARELY COMPLIMENTARY.  It’s a term for someone who is young and inexperienced who also comes off as presumptuous and overconfident.  Teddy Roosevelt was called that more…

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Shot 112:  BADLANDS

Shot 112: BADLANDS

— To follow is a bullet of wisdom on leadership.  It comes from Tom’s rifle, named Shot, who has seen it all.  You’ll get the drift by clicking Blog in the menu above. — THAT’D BE THE NORTH DAKOTA BADLANDS, not far from my area.  There’d be ranchin’ and huntin’ as made famous by Teddy Roosevelt.  History says he purposely sojourned there to build…

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Shot 111:  HUNTING BLIND

Shot 111: HUNTING BLIND

— To follow is a bullet of wisdom on leadership.  It comes from Tom’s rifle, named Shot, who has seen it all.  You’ll get the drift by clicking Blog in the menu above. — CAN A BLIND MAN LEAD A BLIND MAN?  Of course, he can, but not well.  I have been there as a rifle.  On occasion I was put to task by…

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Shot 110:  NOTHING VENTURED…

Shot 110: NOTHING VENTURED…

— To follow is a bullet of wisdom on leadership.  It comes from Tom’s rifle, named Shot, who has seen it all.  You’ll get the drift by clicking Blog in the menu above. — YOU PROBABLY KNOW the rest of this saying:  Nothing ventured; nothing gained.  Rudy, my marksman knew that nothing was for sure.  He had to venture out, try new things, give…

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