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Are you an Everday Leader?

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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Everyday we are faced with a decision.  One that most don’t truly grasp the magnitude of. It is the decision of what we are going to do with our lives.

Are you an Everyday Leader? Over the last few months I have been blogging about everyday leaders in my area. Every leader I have interviewed has had their own idea of how to achieve success.  But they all have the same underlying theme.  There are no secrets.  You want success?  You’ve got to put in the hard work to get it.  Success to me, is a combination of failures, determination, sweat and tears. I know where I want to go, and I know what I need to do to get there.

Decide today, what you want to do and how you’re going to accomplish it.  But remember, you’re going to fail along the way.  It is the way we react when these failures come along that makes us great.  So, I challenge you to be the best you can be.   To Challenge the Norm and Become an Everyday Leader! And I hope the stories of the leaders I continue to blog about inspire you to not only take control of your life but to become the very best person you can be.

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Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone

The more I talk about Challenging the Norm the more I am understanding why so many just settle for the “norm”.  It’s not simply laziness, rather, it seems to be because people don’t know what they want out of life.  People know what they like, but they don’t have a true understanding of what they love. So they continue to live their lives, trotting along because it’s what is normal.

My suggestion.  Start learning from those around you.  There is greatness in everyone, you just have to embrace it.  There are so many everyday leaders out there.  You may be surprised what you learn.  In fact, one of these individuals may inspire you to Challenge the Norm in something you never knew you were passionate about.

I absolutely love Neale Walsch’s outlook on life.  “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.  So if you’re feeling uncomfortable right now, know that the change taking place in your life is a beginning, not an ending”.  Don’t just settle for a normal life.   Challenge it.  Become a leader in your life by doing what you are passionate about.  It may be scary, but just like Walsch says, life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Want to hear inspiring stores about individuals who have stepped out of their comfort zone, Challenged the Norm, and become great leaders?  If you answered yes, follow this blog to hear more.


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Shelly Capurro – Enforcing Fair Processes for Elections

03177b0 Shelly Capurro, the Elections Officer for the Secretary of State of Nevada is enforcing fair processes for elections.  Her responsibilities include election law violations, campaign finance compliance, elections legislation, petitions, election returns and certification.  Shelly ensures that each candidate follows the proper election processes in order to continue their ability to run for candidacy.  With such high stakes for elections, ensuring compliance is key to the states success.  Her leadership is evident by the high standards she holds the candidates too.

With so much at stake, successfully run state elections are imperative for overall United States continuity.  The Secretary of State of Nevada, has clearly outlined all the laws, filing fees, filing deadlines, etc to alleviate stress in the election process. Through the leadership Shelly Joiner has displayed and her commitment to high standards, she is ensuring the election process not only runs smoothly but fairly.

Interested in learning more about the election process. Refer to the Election Information Guide for the State of Nevada.

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Failure – It is Important

“Failure does not mean defeat; to succeed you must fail first”

You may look at this quote and write it off with all the other quotes you’ve heard.  But the individuals, who truly appreciate it, are the ones who know the harsh reality behind its meaning. Challenging the norm is about greatness, the ones who are putting 110% effort into their passion.  These failures allow you to appreciate success when you achieve it.  If success was easy, everyone would be doing it.

But success isn’t easy.  It takes people who are passionate, hardworking and unwilling to give up.  They defy the odds and challenge the norm when others believe it can’t be done. Along with success, comes this indescribable phenomenon.  When someone achieves greatness they often feel a sense of accomplishment, but what is underestimated is the rippling affect this accomplishment creates.  In essence, the achievement becomes a tool for inspiration.

The ones who are successful will tell you there was something along the way that kept them going.  Whether it was a mentor, quote or a story they’ve heard, something inspired them to not give up when times got tough.  When times get tough and you consider giving up, remember you’re not just doing it for yourself.  You’re doing it for all the people you will inspire along the way.  You may not realize the impact you are having on friends, family, and coworkers, but you are inspiring them to challenge the norm, also.

Have you faced failure along the way? Please share them with us in a comment below.


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Dennis Joiner – Improving the Assessment and Selection Process in the Public Sector

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“Dennis takes very good care of those who assist with assessments and gathers together the best people for the position evaluated from all over the western U.S.” – Wade Warling, Battalion Chief with City of El Paso

Dennis Joiner, Founder and Employee Assessment Specialist at Dennis A. Joiner and Associates. The consulting firm provides assessment centers and job simulation exercises as well as written knowledge tests and situational judgment tests for management and supervisory positions.  In addition to customizable position assessment centers to fit the needs of your organization.

Dennis Joiner is helping the public sector improve hiring standards through rigorous assessment centers which allow the organization to test the competences  of applicants.  His leadership and dedication to the processes is evident in his work.  The candidates selected through the testing processes have demonstrated knowledge, skills, and abilities which supersede those of their counterparts.  Organizations are able to pick the candidate on demonstrated skills rather than solely interviews.  This processes has proven success in not only creating employee longevity but success within an organization.  In addition, Dennis stands behind his testing processes and will provide assistance to the organization in the case a test is challenged.

Interested in improving your selection processes for management and supervisory positions? Consult with Dennis Joiner at 916-967-7795 or joinerda@pacbell.net.

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Challenging the Norm – Power of One

Please watch my first video blog! Its on Challenging the Norm – Power of One.

The concept of Challenging the Norm is derived from the power of one.  When you look at the great leaders of the past, it was one person, dedicated to their idea that made them great.  All it takes is one person to Challenge the Norm, inspiring others to make significant changes in the world which reflects what they believe needs to be accomplished.  Their sheer passion for an idea, inspires others to join in the movement.  These leaders Challenge the Norm in a way that makes others have no choice but to notice them.

Although there is always an exception to the rule, most leaders have failed numerous times before they attained success.  In fact, some may argue it is these failures in which has created such great success. I believe the difference between the people who fail and the ones who succeed isn’t how many times they fail, but more, their dedication to what they want.  Its the mindset that no matter what happens along the way, they will not give up.  These great leaders have wholeheartedly committed their lives to what they want to accomplish.

So I challenge you, whatever your passions in life may be, to embrace them, to become a leader in that area, to achieve greatness.


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Owen Blake – Providing a Safe and Fun Environment for Soccer Players

owenOwen Blake is the owner of Reno Sportsdome in Reno, Nevada.  The sportsdome is a 35,000 square foot airplane hangar converted into two indoor soccer fields, a workout center, and snack bar.  The arena also houses a speed and agility training track to enhance foot speed, agility, power and flexibility.  Reno Sportsdome offers youth and adult leagues both men, women’s and coed.
Reno Sportsdome gives long time soccer plays the opportunity to continue after their college days.  While also providing newbie’s a place to learn the wonderful sport of soccer. The arena offers a variety of leagues that can fit any schedule, which makes playing even easier.  For anyone who’s played at the Sportsdome, you know just how fun it can be.  Owen’s love for the game is evident at Sportsdome as he ensures a safe fun environment through an indoor soccer rule book.
Owen is sharing his love for soccer with others with this wonderful indoor soccer arena.  Interested in playing?  Visit www.renodome.com to sign up for a league.