Nicholas Ripplinger author of Front Line Leadership enlisted in the United States Army Reserves as a Military Police Officer at the age of 17. Due to his young age when he chose to serve our country, a waiver signed by both of his parents was required before he could proudly take his oath.
He attended basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri between his junior and senior years of High School. After graduating High School, he enlisted in the Active Duty U.S. Army. Nick was stationed at Fort Lee, Virginia and Fort Knox, Kentucky where he deployed to Iraq from both of these duty stations. He also served from a base in Stuttgart, Germany.
Nick advanced through the enlisted ranks faster than most of his peers and was hand selected for several high profile positions such as the Division Commanders After Action Briefer for the Multi-National Forces Iraq-North. He was selected over 50 other Non-Commissioned Officers for this position.
Nick was also selected as the European Command Protective Services Operations Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge where he was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the third highest peacetime award. He was also awarded several other medals, ribbons, awards, coins, and certificates.
IN THIS PARTICULAR EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN:
Everyone that serves in the military will all have to separate some day. There are many ways to do this successfully, and many ways to go down in flames. Educating yourself is your best defense and the best way to do that is pay attention to those who came before you and did it themselves.
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Description of the book
“Resumes don’t tell employers everything they need to know about prospective leadership hires. That is never truer than with our veterans. A better approach would be to ask, ‘What have you learned, and how will you apply it?’”
Nick Ripplinger Through honest, compelling storytelling, Nick Ripplinger takes the reader through various scenarios and illustrates how leadership decisions, both good and bad, impact a situation and the lives of those involved.
By pinpointing specific lessons he learned through these experiences, Nick offers his insights and discusses how these lessons apply not only to the military but to the business world as well. In this book Nick shares lessons such as:
• The danger of using fear as a leadership style
• The significance of documenting goals
• The importance of taking care of yourself
• The value of collaboration
• The consequences of not having a plan Nick offers the reader a glimpse into his head and his heart as he shares his oftentimes grueling experiences.
In an honest, authentic way, Nick uses these stories to illustrate what works and what doesn’t with regard to effective leadership and further explains the results and repercussions of key decisions. The stories are entertaining, but the lessons learned at the end of each chapter are invaluable for anyone wanting to grow as a leader.
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