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I can’t explain how happy I am that you’re here! We aren’t that different, you and I both have struggles to overcome and want to persevere. I have spent the majority of my adult life in leadership roles learning the art of leadership. As you probably know, leadership is more art than science. If a leadership position is your goal, you probably have a lot of stress trying to figure out what to do…Well, you are in luck. I help you sort out the puzzle pieces and frame up your picture. Leadership is about people, not you, but don’t believe the old myth that leaders are born. That’s gibberish! Anyone can lead, and you fall into the group of anyone. Keep reading to find out more about me and my journey so I can show you how I can help you.
Call me Josh…
That’s my name, but I answer to just about anything. I grew up in the “country”. The country I grew up in is far from rural life, but it isn’t suburbia either. We had a few acres and grandpa had about a 30-acre farm. I had a horse, baled hay, and lived just 5 minutes from city amenities like Walmart and Kroger, but for my city friends, I lived in the country.
The son of a skilled tradesman and do whatever it takes mom, I was born into a young family. Mom and dad did everything they could to provide for my sister and me. They spent their last cent sending us to good schools and giving us necessities and occasionally spoiled us…ok we we’re spoiled, that’s what grandparents are great for.
Growing up, I was in the Boy Scouts from 5 years old on serving in multiple roles, but a strong focus on leadership. I naturally drifted towards leadership roles, working with younger boys and helping them earn merit badges and progress through the ranks. Even after earning my Eagle Scout, my love for leadership did not end, each decision that came in life was stacking towards future leadership positions.
I graduated high school towards the bottom of my class, never really tried anything, but I was a dreamer, I wanted to change the world. I tried engineering school, but it wasn’t for me. Applying myself in high school was something I did not succeed at. So I did what every normal 18 year-old does, I joined the volunteer fire department. Ok, I thought that was normal.
Now with over a decade in public safety, I have served in roles as a firefighter, EMT, deputy sheriff, and police officer. In addition, I worked (and still do part time) in information technology for a couple different school systems and a huge international corporation. Even though each of those have their thrills, I am a people person and love building relationships and influence among people.
Ok, so here’s the part I hate…I have a Bachelors in Criminal Justice Administration and Master of Public Administration, Public Service Leadership focus. I completed a third of my doctoral program in Public Service Leadership before calling it quits to spend more time with my family and on this, my passion. Good, that’s over.
I’m a WHY person, you know, that person that is driven by the why of something. They’re the type that look for causes bigger than themselves for passion. Yep, that’s me. Which is why I think leadership is such a passion of mine. A successful leader is there for everyone else, especially building up tomorrow’s leaders along the way. Their success cannot be measured fully until their successors have also trained up the next generation after them. It really is a huge undertaking.
Ok, enough about my past…
I spend free time enjoying my family, playing golf, grooming my lawn, and cycling/biking. In 2015, I completed my first full marathon and addicted. My ultimate running goal is the Boston Marathon followed by the Walt Disney World Dopey Challenge. Oh, and regarding the golfing, it’s 100% leisure because my scores are closer to 100 than 70.
I’ve been married to Megan since 2007. Megan is my best friend and an amazing mother to our daughter. She is a CPA Tax Manager and works hard to provide for the family. She recently planned an amazing vacation to Walt Disney World to surprise our 4 year old. It was MAGICAL!
Let’s talk about sports…
We can agree to disagree, but I’m set in my ways. I am a Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Braves, Louisville Cardinals, and 100% Team USA man. In college sports, I will pull for my home state Kentucky Wildcats when they aren’t playing the Cardinals and due to growing up with the Cincinnati Reds AAA team in Louisville, I like seeing the Reds do well too. Sorry Yankees and Red Sox fans, you’re at the bottom of my sports favorites list, but don’t worry the Packers, Patriots, UNC, and Duke are there with you.
My goal is to be valuable to you. Valuable means something a little different to everyone, but I want to be able to be meaningful. You’re busy, I don’t want to waste your time.
I generally post two times a week, that most of the time fall on Mondays and Thursdays, with exceptions a couple times of year for some relaxation and restoration with my family. I will post when that is as well. To prevent missing my posts, sign up for my newsletter, it is FREE and you can unsubscribe at anytime.
According to Tom Rath’s Strengths Finder 2.0, I am driven by my core strengths.
Take a day, read Strengths Finder 2.0 and complete the assessment to know where your strengths are and how you can focus on them for success.
My mission is simple, to help others realize their own potential and empower them to succeed. To accomplish this, I write about leadership, generational issues, personal development, and serving your “customers”. Don’t be surprised to find me venture out from time to time to include other topics.
My vision is to leave a lasting impression upon hundreds of leaders who can in turn develop other leaders.
My plan to reach my vision is simple, add value to others as often as possible. To do so I pledge I will:
- Review books from leadership experts
- Expand on content from my perspective
- Offer experiences, both good and bad
- Pick the brains of other leaders
I believe I can help someone, but not everyone. If you think I am a good fit to help you solve the puzzle, I dare you to move and sign up for my updates.
Again, thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit. Without you, I have no purpose for this blog. Yes, I grow personally with each blog post I write, but it isn’t about me. Let’s chat, I’m always on Twitter @JoshABall and Facebook.
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