US Army Brigadier General Robert Stewart had service in his DNA, following his Dad and Uncles who served in World War II. In his early career as an Army Lieutenant, he flew choppers in Vietnam for over 1000 combat hours. BGEN Stewart then expanded his career by becoming an experimental test pilot, flying 38 different types of aircraft.
Then one day, he stepped up and simply applied for a job from a flyer hanging on a bulletin board at work. What was the job? To be one of 35 men selected to fly on the early Space Shuttles! What does it take to be selected as one of 35 men out of 24,000 applicants?
During every phase of his career and family life, General Stewart has looked at the man in the mirror and worked his absolute best to lead his team, serve his nation and do the best job he could. Join us to learn about leadership at 17,500 MPH, one million feet above earth as General Stewart tell us what it was like on one of the early shuttle spacewalks!
Obviously, this show is dedicated to MAKING AMERICA STRONG AGAIN and studying key factors in our quest. This analysis starts as each of us ponders the person in the mirror. What are our skills, passions and desires? Do we intend to become a leader or are we satisfied with following. Life is not stagnant, so we must each decide whether we are going to pursue our goals or just let the wind carry us wherever it blows.
Among our population are a small percentage of people who choose to serve the public in very unique ways. They volunteer for scary propositions. Every day they put their uniforms on, whether they are wearing law enforcement gear, firefighting protective equipment or military combat fatigues, they consciously put their lives between danger and us. These are HEROES. They are men and women who choose to stand and confront scenarios that we only see in Hollywood productions.
What happens when one of our heroes who is the epitome of servant leadership, especially a military veteran, decides to transition to the civilian world?
What paradigm do they use to see their new work environment, and more importantly, how does the business community view our transitioning heroes? While we could catalog many differences between their line of work and a small business environment, let's look at the value of their experience through the Leadership paradigm. In today's episode, that is precisely where we'll go in order to explore the massive talent pool available to the private sector.... if we are looking through an accurate paradigm!
In recent episodes we have examined the power of paradigms to solve America's biggest challenges. If we look at problems as impossible, then there is a strong likelihood that we will never solve them. If, on the other hand, we believe there are solutions and we can create them, the brain starts to find answers.
What is the normal reaction when a family or business decides that is needs to reduce financial stress? One option is to reduce expenses and another option is to increase income. How does a family make that happen? Add a second or third job? Reduce discretionary spending?
A third option is to tap into what we call entrepreneurial innovation. When a family decides to start a small business, this immediately provides tax benefits when we are in pursuit of a profit. The beauty of starting a small business is that you immediately have the option of pursuing your dream by serving others with a profitable product or service... and IF you have the paradigm of a servant leader, then your for-profit plan is to serve your new clients.
What is a paradigm? In simple terms, it is the way we something or a pattern. Consider the paradigm most Americans have about work. What is their frame of reference? Arthur Brooks, a PhD economist and the President of the American Enterprise Institute describes two very different views or paradigms of work in his new book, The Conservative Heart; one as a punishment and the other as a blessing.
Imagine the difference this fundamental paradigm creates in the mind and in the marketplace. If you are going to help solve America's mega-economic challenge with 94 Million people out of the workforce, which paradigm will serve our citizens the best? Well it depends on how you look at work. Do you want your fellow Americans to be blessed or punished? Now consider all the spin-off challenges in these two radically different perspectives.
What must America do to create a WIN - WIN - WIN strategy to solve our economic challenges? Suppose we create a new paradigm that taps into the raw horsepower of new ideas, creative teamwork and entrepreneurial innovation. There is enormous leverage when we combine the skills of experience, the thrill of a start-up and the imagination of youth. The real question is not whether we can rebuild the economy, but rather, do we want to?