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  1. Company Command Series Part XI: Unit Pride & Recognition Programs | 3x5 Leadership
    June 1, 2017 @ 4:10 am

    […] There are necessary methods such as Leadership by Wandering Around, as I wrote about in an earlier blog post. However, what are other influence methods that can build a healthy culture focused on your […]

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  2. Achieving Honesty: Improving Subordinate Leader Assessments & Feedback | 3x5 Leadership
    June 18, 2017 @ 7:26 am

    […] primarily did this “research” during my informal Leadership By Wandering Around times, casually interacting with my Soldiers. During our conversations, I included open-ended […]

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  3. The Lost Art of Giving (Negative) Feedback | 3x5 Leadership
    October 9, 2017 @ 6:43 am

    […] sessions, informal interactions with members of your organization on a daily basis, and during your Leadership by Wandering Around (LBWA) […]

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  4. Leadership Communication: “Here is the Most Important Place for Me to Be” | 3x5 Leadership
    November 1, 2017 @ 8:25 am

    […] valuable, but it afforded me the opportunity to see my Soldiers in-between offices (see my post on Leadership by Wandering Around regarding this). If I absolutely could not afford an additional 10 minutes at that time, I resorted […]

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  5. lois b shofstahl
    December 31, 2017 @ 3:36 pm

    There is a scene in the Darkest Hour where this is used. Could also be helpful for family relations-minor adjustments of course, and in remembering the names of service people you see frequently. (waiter for example)

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  6. Mike Benadum
    January 24, 2018 @ 9:38 am

    Thank you for your service!
    I am a Battalion Fire Chief and fire instructor in a mid-sized urban fire department. I have dedicated my entire career to improving how we operate tactically and to teaching effective Fire service leadership. I just found and joined your blog. I look forward to the certain learning about to take place.

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    • jbowen100
      January 24, 2018 @ 11:03 am

      Mike, thanks for the kind words and support! I hope that 3×5 can help you improve your leadership skills and behavior, and ultimately improve your department!
      Thanks for what you do. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions and even recommendations. I’m always looking to improve the blog and its resources. Feel free to email me at 3x5leadership@gmail.com.
      Take care!

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  7. tj shea
    March 9, 2018 @ 11:59 am

    two of the best NY Engineer District commanders were masters at this. One went around under the guise of looking for coffee, the other cookies. Both had a better handle of what the morale was and how our projects were actually doing then the Division or Branch chiefs did

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  8. My New Favorite Question – 3×5 Leadership
    August 9, 2018 @ 6:36 am

    […] leadership by wandering around times, the time I dedicate to walking around my unit footprint talking to Soldiers, is not only a […]

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    August 18, 2018 @ 6:18 am

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  10. The 3 Key Elements to a Young Leader’s Organization – 3×5 Leadership
    September 13, 2018 @ 6:03 am

    […] You must plan out your days and your weeks; you cannot react day-to-day to the urgent fires or meetings. You need a calendar to map out how you use you time and must schedule the important things in advance so that the “urgent” issues don’t overwhelm them. For example, as a TAC, it is important to me to visit my Cadets in their academic classes; it’s a great opportunity to see my Cadets in action, to see what they are learning, and to enact some leader presence when I don’t get to own their time each day. In order to prevent daily “emergencies” disallowing me to visit classes twice a week, I plan out my class visits two weeks in advance, contact the instructor, and put it on my calendar. Leaders need to do the same with leader development sessions, counselings, and even their time for leadership by wandering around! […]

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  11. Getting in the Arena: Creating a Culture of Truth & Feedback – 3×5 Leadership
    March 22, 2019 @ 2:41 pm

    […] feedback during your Leadership by Wandering Around time: use informal opportunities like this to solicit thoughts from people across your team, especially […]

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  12. Building & Reinforcing a Culture of Development – 3×5 Leadership
    May 18, 2019 @ 7:59 am

    […] questions: during your LBWA times, ask seemingly casual, yet very purposeful questions about development. Ask junior leaders, “what […]

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  13. Company Command Series Part XI: Unit Pride & Recognition Programs – 3×5 Leadership
    June 2, 2019 @ 10:38 am

    […] There are necessary methods such as Leadership by Wandering Around, as I wrote about in an earlier blog post. However, what are other influence methods that can build a healthy culture focused on your […]

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  14. Building on Crisis - From the Green Notebook
    May 28, 2021 @ 4:10 am

    […] above-average suicide rates, racism, and extremism – demand in-person solutions and discussion. Leadership by wandering around still has its place. Not every education or training event is best delivered virtually. The […]

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  15. Building on Crisis – From the Green Notebook – Allied Troops
    May 28, 2021 @ 7:52 am

    […] above-average suicide rates, racism, and extremism – demand in-person solutions and discussion. Leadership by wandering around still has its place. Not every education or training event is best delivered virtually. The […]

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