Michael J. Dowling
Leading with Honor
Lee Ellis, Author
Michael Dowling, Ghostwriter
Chapter 1: “Know Yourself”
November 7, 1967, 4:00 p.m. — Captain Ken Fisher and I rolled into a dive-bomb pass in our F-4C Phantom jet. As we swooped downward, our bird with turned-up wingtips, elevated tail, and deafening roar must have resembled a high-tech version of a prehistoric pterodactyl.
Tracers from the North Vietnamese antiaircraft artillery flashed by our canopy like giant Roman candles, their explosions encircling us with ominous puffs of gray and black smoke. Each represented hundreds of shards of shrapnel designed to mortally wound our beautiful beast. It was combat as it has been for thousands of years, just updated with the latest technology.
Our mission was to destroy the guns that protected the Quang Khe ferry near Route 1A, the main thoroughfare for transporting war materials to the Ho Chi Minh Trail. As our jet plunged toward the artillery positions at five hundred miles an hour, the earth enlarged in our windscreen as if we were adjusting the zoom of a telephoto lens. It was an eyeball-to-eyeball stare-down with the enemy, with each side expecting the other to die.
When you face enemy fire, you are at the point of the sword. Ken and I had been around long enough to know that the sword of combat cuts both ways; we had lost three close friends in similar situations in the prior two months.
Healing A Hospital
David Herdlinger, Author
Michael J. Dowling, Ghostwriter
Chapter 2: “Calling 911”
On a warm day in January 2001, unseasonably warm even for south coastal Georgia, an unshaven man in a T-shirt and shorts entered the front door of the Southeast Georgia Regional Medical Center in Brunswick. He reached to take an informational flyer from the “Take Me” rack, but it was empty.
The visitor walked across the lobby and proceeded down a hallway, entering areas where he should not have been permitted to go. Finally, a nurse approached him: “May I help you?”
“I’m from out of town and I’m contemplating a move to this area,” replied the stranger. “Can you tell me what kind of healthcare is available for my family? What’s this hospital like?”
The mysterious man was Gary R. Colberg. That morning he had flown into Jacksonville, Florida, from Birmingham, Alabama, rented a car, and driven an hour north to Brunswick. Tomorrow the hospital’s board of directors would interview him for the job of president and CEO. Gary regarded interviews as two-way conversations, and he had come a day early to do his homework.
Ready, Set, PLAN, Go!
Joan Walsh, Author
Michael Dowling, Ghostwriter
Chapter 1: “Stuck In the Starting Blocks”
Imagine you’re watching an Olympic hundred-meter dash. Can you visualize the scene? The runners are pacing nervously around the starting area, stretching.
“Ready,” calls the starting official.
The runners carefully place their feet in the starting blocks and crouch into their starting positions.
Like coiled springs they wait, eyes focused on the finish line. The starting pistol is poised high in the air.
They’re off! A blur of finely tuned bodies catapults down the track.
But wait! One runner is still stuck in the blocks. He hasn’t moved! There’s something — could it be glue, or flypaper, or something — holding him back.
What if that really happened? How would you react? I suspect I’d be inclined to laugh. What a funny scene — a runner stuck in the blocks!
But then I’d empathize with that poor runner. I wouldn’t want that to happen to me or to anyone I know.
Actually, something similar to that happens to many of us at different times in our lives. We get stuck and can’t seem to get traction. But I’m thankful that I’m often able to help people in this situation, because I’m a business coach.
Saundra K. Hathaway
Learning to Achieve
A Review of the Research Literature on Employment Experiences and Outcomes for Youth and Adults With Learning Disabilities
Numerous researchers and practitioners have noted the diverse challenges that children and youth with learning disabilities (LD) face during their school years. These challenges include obstacles to literacy, academic achievement and social relationships (Bradley, Danielson, & Hallahan, 2002). With major federal laws mandating access to education, employment and public accommodations, many of these individuals receive interventions and supports that enable them to either overcome their challenges or be less affected by them. Other children and youth manage to develop their own compensatory strategies — in a sense, they create their own self-help programs (Singleton, Horne, & Simmons, 2009).
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