What’s Your Battle Cry?

January 14, 2015 — 20 Comments

Throughout history, the battle cry has been used to rally troops to come together and defeat a great enemy. The same goes for battle cries in cinema and modern story telling.

The leader pulls it together, gives out a shout, and him and his team give the opposing forces a run for their money.

Have an organizational battle cry

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The battle cry has been a powerful force. We’ve seen it time and again as armies and organizations have used the battle cry to bring their teams together.

The French used the battle cry “Pour le Roi et Pour la France” (“For the King and France”)

The United States Marines rally behind the battle cry of Oorah!

The Crusaders used the battle cry of Deus Vult.

Taken 3 continues the story of Bryan Mills, a man with a specific set of skills that make him a nightmare for the bad guys. And for men, especially, his story is one that resonates.

What man doesn’t want to protect his family? What man doesn’t want to see justice extracted from evildoers? What man doesn’t want to be the hero?

This is why the Taken movies have resonated with me and many others. They hit on a theme that is central to men. The desire to protect.

leadership lessons from Taken 3

When Taken 3 was announced, I was stoked. The previous entries in the Taken series provided great entertainment and had me sympathizing with what Mills had to do.

Knowing part 3 was coming out was icing on the cake.

As usual, I try to look for the leadership lessons contained in current pop-culture movies. While there were leadership lessons in Taken 3, I had a much harder time picking them out.

A major influence in my becoming a blogger was Michael Hyatt. His blog on leadership mentored me as I grew in my role as a leader.

Eventually, I took on the role as one of his community leaders. As such, I helped moderate and respond to comments.

That’s why it was such a shock to see his blog post announcing he was disabling comments on his blog.

 

One of the things I LOVED about Michael’s blog was the fact we had direct access to him. Not only were we able to read his thoughts, we were able to discuss what he shared directly with him.

He’d take the time to read through the blog comments, eventually turning part of this over to his community leaders, and respond to those who commented. It was mind-blowing.

Harry S. Truman is known for a great quote about leadership. Truman said “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”

Looking at the people I’ve followed throughout my lifetime, I’ve discovered this to be true. Leaders are readers. They know they need to be consuming the thoughts of others so they can expand their influence.

The books I read in 2014

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With this in mind, I’ve cultivated a habit of reading over the years. I try to read as much as possible so I can comprehend what other leaders are thinking.

Reading is one of the easiest ways to get into the minds of the greats. They’ve recorded their thoughts for all of us to read.

Who wouldn’t want to pick up a book and glean the insights from those who have gone before us? That’s why reading is so vital to a leader.

Know Who You Are

January 7, 2015 — 14 Comments

Society has created a generation of people who truly don’t know who they are. People have been floundering with their identities for years now. And it only seems to get worse.

The doubts and fears generations past have only continued to build momentum. This has caused us to doubt ourselves.

So many people don’t even know who they are. Let’s decide to change that this year.

You can know who you are

Image by JD Hancock

Not Knowing Who You Are Hurts

Being stuck in the daily grind has been soul-crushing. We’ve gone to work. We’ve punched the clock. We’ve done our duty.

And we’ve been left empty and wanting more.

Our jobs have left us unfulfilled. Our pastimes have left us knowing there’s more out there. Our society has left us confused as to who we truly are.