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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.

Enjoy his wisdom on leadership!

Shot 216:   The Eyes Have It

Shot 216: The Eyes Have It

— 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 at www.tomnewhouse.com. —      Not ayes, eyes.  Yep, one’s eyes tell a lot.  I can tell a lying dude from my gunsight to the end of the stock.  Don’t trust lying…

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Shot 215:  GOOD GUYS

Shot 215: GOOD GUYS

— 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 at www.tomnewhouse.com. —      DID I SAY “GUYS”?    I guess I did.  To us rifles there are good guys and bad guys, and they come in either gender.  And regardless of…

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Shot 214:  A CI LEADER

Shot 214: A CI 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 at www.tomnewhouse.com.      NOT CIA, C.I.  By that I mean Continuous Improvement.  I have likely told you about Rudy, my marksman.  We were good together, the best.  Thing is, however,…

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Shot 213:  OKAYNESS

Shot 213: OKAYNESS

— 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 at www.tomnewhouse.com. —      IS THAT A WORD?  In my world of shooting, okay is hitting the target.  Anything goes.  Excellence is hitting the bull’s eye.      Do you trust…

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Shot 212:  COMMIT OR PROMISE?

Shot 212: COMMIT OR PROMISE?

— 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 at www.tomnewhouse.com. —      SOUNDS THE SAME.  But in today’s world when someone says, “I promise I will _____,” one wonders if they will really do it.  So, is a promise…

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Shot 211:  WALK THE TALK

Shot 211: WALK THE TALK

— 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 at www.tomnewhouse.com. —      BIG HAT; NO CATTLE.  I have learned you can look the part and not be it.  Now, if I, a lonely rifle, can decipher as much, you…

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Shot 210:  BAD DUDES

Shot 210: BAD DUDES

— 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 at www.tomnewhouse.com. —      “STAY AWAY FROM THOSE BOYS!”  Why?  “Cuz they’re not good for you.”  That’s Mother talking to Tommy.  I could hear her from my rack in the gun…

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Shot 209:  TALKN’ TRUST

Shot 209: TALKN’ TRUST

— 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 at www.tomnewhouse.com.      I HAVE A LOT TO SAY about trust.  I sure trusted Rudy, my marksman.  And he trusted me.  It seems to me that trust is about the…

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Shot 208:  TALKIN’ TURKEY

Shot 208: TALKIN’ TURKEY

— 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 at www.tomnewhouse.com. —      TURKEY DAY.  I call it Thanksgiving!  When you are a rifle and you have been on a hunt, you are thankful for what you bag.  But I…

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