Retired Lt. Colonel Deborah L. Parker and Her Uncle The Late Command Sergeant Major Harris L. Parker
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Much like the SWOT analysis that I learned in business school years ago, there are many leadership lessons borrowed and adopted from the rank and file of military figures both past and present. You simply can’t win military campaigns without strong and effective leadership. And you can’t make progress in business, or community projects or on government initiatives without strong leadership.
Are leaders born or made from their experiences of life? That’s a question we’ll ask our guest today. Deborah L. Parker learned much from her own military career as a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the US Army. And she learned even more from her uncle, Command Sergeant Major Harris L. Parker, who she affectionately called Uncle Horace. She captured that insight in her new book, Hardcore Leadership: 11 Master Lessons From My Airborne Ranger Uncle’s Final Jump.
What does leadership mean to you? And when does a leader need to switch gears so that others can follow more effectively?
We’ll explore leadership and its many lessons on today’s show.
About The Author:
The route of following the path of your calling led Deborah to start a motivational speaking, leadership and personal development practice, The DPJ Training Group, over 15 years ago. Springing this enterprise forth after numerous other careers from a social worker to army officer and corporate manager, she uses the insight gained from these opportunities to now train and coach employees in her client organizations on practical ways to overcome challenges in the workplace or other parts of their lives. She is known as dynamic, inspiring and practical in her approach by those who’ve attended her workshops and motivational speaking engagements.
Deborah is the author of 3 books. A motivational memoir, Navigating Life’s Roadways: Stories of Insight from My Odyssey and Inspiration For Your Journey, was published in July 2011. She has ventured into the ebook space and Life is A Review: Observations and Collections of My Passages Through the Times is available on Amazon. Her book (October 2012) is For People of Strength, Soul, and Spirit: Seven Guidelines for Life & Career Success, which explores the African American story as powerful lessons in goal achievement. Her latest book, Hardcore Leadership: 11 Master Lessons from My Airborne Ranger Uncle’s “Final Jump” chronicles the life and in charge pursuits of her late uncle retired Command Sergeant Major, Vietnam Vet, along with his community positions as a former Chief Magistrate, Chair of Sussex County Board of Supervisors and Ranger Hall of Fame Inductee with takeaways for leaders in business and professional situations.
In past writing pursuits, Deborah has published articles on business, career and lifestyle issues for publications such as the Alexandria Old Town Crier,Washington Afro-American Newspaper, Metro Herald and Arizona’s Black Executive Magazine.
For more information visit Deborah's website at: www.deborahlynnparker.com
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