Effective and Empathetic You - The Avalon Institute
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3 Steps to Becoming a More Effective and Empathetic You

“The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitudes.” Victor Frankl THIS ARTICLE HAS BEEN REPOSTED IN CONJUNCTION WITH DAYS OF REMEMBRANCE (HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY) Viktor Frankl was an incredible person by many measures. He was a brilliant academic, a survivor of three years in four different concentration camps during the Holocaust, a pioneering neurologist/psychiatrist…

Technical Expert - The Avalon Institute
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From Technical Expert to Successful Leader

This is a story about the transition from Technical Expert to Successful Leader.  Following a one-year tour in Afghanistan, I was reassigned to an Air Traffic Control (ATC) radar facility.  Not just any ATC facility, but one of the larger and busier ones—the 2nd busiest joint-use airfield in the Air Force. The 15-position facility is…

The Leaders Harvest - The Avalon Institute
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The Leader’s Harvest

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson Seeds are very curious entities—small, innocuous . . . mostly overlooked. Incredibly, they are filled with an amazing power for growth — A growth for greatness. The same can be said for your capability to seeding leadership potential! A farming friend…

Climate Assessment - The Avalon Institute
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Climate Assessment Through Feedback

“Feedback is the breakfast of champions!” Ken Blanchard Sadly, the following is a true story: I had been tasked to provide a briefing to a leader whose reputation had preceded him by a wide margin.  This particular leader was extremely powerful in his area of performance, and was widely known for a brash personality.  When…

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