The Greatest Generation v2.0


Ask not what your country can do for you…

The world is very different from when my grandparents, members of the Greatest Generation, lived. The beliefs my grandfather fought for in World War II that American’s rights do not come from the hands of a benevolent state but from the hand of God are in jeopardy. I wonder if my generation has forgotten that we too are beneficiaries of the American Revolution? Our forefathers have passed the flame of liberty on to to the following generation. My generation seems weak and lacks a a burden of responsibility. Instead this generation carries a demand for entitlements and seems unwilling to sacrifice and take on the responsibilities as citizens of freedom. Instead, we are willing to put on the shackles of government servitude for the promise of security, bailouts and benefits. It is in our hands, that rest the success or failure of our nation. It is on our backs that the free world’s rise or collapse will be decided.

We are called upon to once again ignite the beacon of hope and show the world the great enterprise of freedom

Throughout history a precious few generations have been granted the privileged role of defending freedom. As the Middle East descends into chaos the trumpet of freedom summons America once again. This is not a sound to arms, not a call to battle. No, it is the call to defend freedom. We are called to once again ignite the beacon of hope and show the world the great enterprise of freedom. America must fulfill her destiny and be the great city on the hill that cannot be hidden. Our fellow man needs us and we must rise up and show the world that America is indeed the bastion of freedom.  We must not shrug off this responsibility – we must embrace it. We must ask not what America can do for us but what we can do for her. We must become the Greatest Generation v2.0.

Orange Revolution


Team work presentation based on The Orange Revolution and how a great team can transform an entire organization.


A.    HMAS Dechanieux – 20 seconds and death of all crew members.

B.    Why Care?

  • Book by Gostick and Elton.
  • 350,000 interviews from over 28 industries to compile data on best places to work in US and Canada.
  •  Interviews were conducted since 2000 during worst economic climate in modern history.
  • Data shows what makes great companies great – not super people but SUPER practices.

C.    Agenda

1.     The Cause: WOW, No Suprises, Cheer

2.     Basic 4 + Recognition: Goal-Setting, Communication, Trust, Accountability + Recognition

3.     Team we forget

II. The Cause

1.     WOW


Dreams are bigger than GOALS. No boundaries, rules…

(1)   IPOD initiative launched in 1997.. so what? Apple lost $816M in 1996 and they put their emphasis on the IPOD…. It was the IPOD success that made the IPHONE and IPAD a reality…

(2)   Zappos – woman calls to return shoes that were a present for her husband who was killed.

2.     No Surprises

a)     Communication, Communication, Communication

b)     Video of Blue Angel interview 1MIN

3.     Cheer

a)     Research shows this is one of the key practices that unlock commitment, drive, loyalty and success…

b)     Cheer is extremely powerful and unifies people

c)     Sporting event, thousands and millions of people cheer for people they don’t personally know

III. BASIC 4 + Recognition

A.    GOAL SETTING- Know where you are going

B.    COMMUNICATION- Wise use of mouth AND ears.

Silence is golden. Not according to research. Is the death of team building.

C.    TRUST- Believe in others

Claremont University study shows that when trust in community is below 30% poverty rates increase… Think of poor areas where there is high crime… Same is true in companies.

D.    Accountability – Others believe in you

E.    Recognition – Appreciate other’s strengths

According to US Dept. Labor – #1 reason people leave a job is lack of recognition

Michelangelo- “I saw the angel in the marble and I carved to set him free.”

John Maxwell, “Open communication fosters trust. Your goal should be to speak truthfully but kindly to teammates”

IV.  The Most Important Team

A.    Family

1.     The Big Picture

Schools, Sports Team, Office have goals… Does your marriage?

When’s the last time you WOW’ed your spouse? Son? Daughter?

Does your family have a mission statement?

2.     Duke University Study:

(1)   The average American family has less than 45 minutes of uninterrupted time daily…
(2)   Most families today ID themselves as “TV and digital family” over “caring/loving”
(3)   3% read together
(4)   2% help kids with their homework

3.     The Incredibles

Start of movie Mr. Incredible is burned  out… Angry… Then they discover the power of unity and using their powers together as a team….

V. Go make the world Orange…

1.     The Cause: WOW, No Suprises, Cheer

2.     Basic 4 + Recognition: Goal-Setting, Communication, Trust, Accountability + Recognition