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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 128:  READY, FIRE, AIM—

Shot 128: READY, FIRE, AIM—

— 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. — TRUTH IS I LIKE TO AIM.  As a single shot, aiming makes my fire count.  But, as much as I hate to admit it, aiming takes time and the game…

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Shot 127:  FIGHT OR FLIGHT

Shot 127: FIGHT OR FLIGHT

— 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. — ACUTE STRESS TRIGGERS an automatic hormonal response—your general adaptation reflex. Fight well—sans sensibility, perhaps—but vigorously, or flee—recklessly, perhaps—but passionately.   Fight or flight.  (Some like to toss in “freeze,” which is,…

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Shot 126:  WHEW!

Shot 126: WHEW!

— 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. — WIPE OFF THE SWEAT; you got it done.  Oh yeah, I have felt that way after a hard day’s works.  Can’t always be shooting.  And, you know lying back and…

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Shot 125:  IS EXPERIENCE THE BEST TEACHER?

Shot 125: IS EXPERIENCE THE BEST TEACHER?

— 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. — NOPE!  THAT’S AN OLD WIVES’ TALE.  Or, maybe it’s an old man’s myth.  Anyway, here’s the scoop:  Experience teaches if, and only if, you reflect on it, evaluate it, learn…

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Shot 124:  PASSING THE BATON

Shot 124: PASSING THE BATON

— 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. — TIME CAME WHEN Rudy decided to pass along his rifle, me.  I had strong feelings about that.  Rudy too, although his were mixed.  Still, his time as an active hunter…

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Shot 123:  HOW TO MAKE MONEY

Shot 123: HOW TO MAKE MONEY

— 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. — IT’S A SECRET…WORK!  I’ve seen many a smart fella; some were rich.  I’ve also seen my share of dull ones too, and some of them were also rich.   From my…

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Shot 122:  IMPROVE YOUR AIM

Shot 122: IMPROVE YOUR AIM

— 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. — IMAGINE SHOOTING at a target but not going downrange to see how you’re doing.  Dumb.  Good marksmen often use binoculars to get a read on their shots.  With that they…

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Shot 121:  BLUE YOUR BARREL

Shot 121: BLUE YOUR BARREL

— 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 VARNISH YOUR STOCK!  What does a gopher, raccoon, or white tail deer care about your appearance as a rifle?  Nothing.  And that won’t help your shooting either, technically.  But…

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Shot 120:  ONE RULE

Shot 120: ONE RULE

— 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’M A STRUCTURED SORT of rifle.  I prefer things done proper like.  But I have to admit a rule for everything bogs one down.  How can a feller “get it…

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