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The Critical Victories webcast streams every Wednesday morning at 8am on YouTube or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

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Critical Victories is the official webcast of John M. Collins, an executive coach specializing in working with leaders and professionals in positions of high public trust – clients having a significant impact on our quality of life. Through the lens of current events, John advocates for executive leadership practices that build the trust and confidence we all hope to have in our public and private institutions – including the press, corporations, government agencies, law enforcement, criminal justice, healthcare, and elective office. The Critical Victories webcast airs each Wednesday at 8am.

0041 - Controlling Personalities

Controlling personalities damage relationships and the effectiveness of teams. In this episode, we explore the impact of excessive control and how it can be corrected.

0040 - The Time Management Strategy You Never Heard Of

Time management is a constant struggle for busy professionals, especially those in high-pressure, high-stakes environments – but there’s a strategy you’ve probably never heard of that can help.

0039 - Make the Olympics Special Again

The ratings reports for the Tokyo Olympics suggest that viewers have better things they’d rather do with their time.  So what are the Olympics leaders doing – and what can they do – to make the Olympics special again?

0038 - Remembering the 1996 Olympic Bombing

During the early morning hours of July 27, 1996, a bomb exploded at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta, sparking one of the largest manhunts in human history. John Collins remembers what happened and the lessons that still apply today.

0037 - When the Worst Employees Don't Realize They've Quit

Constructive discharge is when an employer behaves in a way that makes it impossible for a reasonable employee to remain employed. But what happens when a reasonable EMPLOYER has no choice but to believe that the employee no longer wishes to remain employed?  Find out in this week’s episode!

0036 - The Cost and Value of Graduate Degrees

Increased scrutiny is being placed on graduate degrees and the impact they have on students.  John Collins discusses both the importance of graduate education and the potential risks associated with it.

0035 - Hammers, Guns, Conflict, and Freedom

Two recent news stories underscore the importance of de-escalation strategies in the resolution of high-stakes conflicts and the risk of inflaming existing tensions.

0034 - What Happened to Commitments?

Is there really a such thing as commitment anymore, and what are the implications of living in a world, or working in an economy, where there’s no longer such a thing?

0033 - The Pandemic Pivot Point

Experts are predicting a massive wave of voluntary job departures as employees look to find better organizations to which they can commit.

0032 - The Forensics Behind 9/11: 20 Years Later

John Collins explains how the investigation of the 9/11 attacks changed how investigations are conducted in the United States.

0031 - It's Worse Than Racism

Asian and Jewish Americans are the most recent targets of harassing and violent behaviors.  John Collins explains why it’s more than just racism.

0030 - 6 Keys to Late-Career Relevance

The average age of employees in the workforce is steadily climbing.  Instead of older age undercutting the value of professionals in the later stages of their careers, attention should be paid to strategies that make them more valuable than ever!

0029 - When Federal Feet Step on State Toes

Dr. Rochelle Walensky and the CDC face harsh criticisms for how the public health agency announced modifications to its existing COVID mitigation guidelines.

0028 - Mental Illness in Positions of Public Trust

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recently estimated that some 40% of us are struggling with mental health issues due to the pandemic.  It could be you, a friend or family member, or a member of your team or organization.  There is only one way to approach the problem of mental illness, and I’m going to tell you what it is.

0027 - Legitimacy of Nations and Their Leaders

Can democracies compete with autocracies in the 21st century?  Yes they can, and John explains why in this important episode following President Biden’s first address to a joint session of congress.

0026 - When Executives Lose Touch with Customers

As bureaucracies grow, executive decision-makers can become distanced from the customers they’re supposed to serve.  And if those executives have a knack for distrusting or micromanaging their teams, we’ll see some all-too-common symptoms of what might be described as organizational dysfunction – and could EVEN be the beginning of the organization’s downfall.  I’ll share some executive coaching perspectives that I hope will help you and your team.

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