9 results for author: Len Bernat


What Happened?

After twenty years in the Marine Corps, I concluded that I needed to find some way to ensure that I would have a place in Heaven someday. It led me to one conclusion. I had to do time in retail sales. So, after completing the construction of our retirement ...
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Amazing Character

Hazel and I recently completed a wonderful cruise on the Great Lakes going from Chicago, Illinois to Toronto, Canada. It was eleven days of beautiful scenery, interesting ports, way too much food, and most importantly, wonderful people. Because this was a ...
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Can We Talk?

In 1977, I was assigned as the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Automated Data Processing Section at the Aviation Supply Department in Okinawa, Japan. Since computers were fairly new and most of the Marines did not even know what the main frame ...
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Think Fast

When I was in high school, my mom worked at a department store in the downtown area of the small town in which we lived. The store was open until 9:00 pm on Fridays and since we lived just a block and a half from the store, I would show up in her department ...
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What Does America Need?

Back in the early 1970s when I enlisted in the Marine Corps, racial tensions in my beloved Corps were at an all-time high. Enlisted clubs had riots almost every night and riot squads had to be formed to help the military police restore order during these ...
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Tactful Persuasion

After a long day, I was always grateful when I got to my apartment and could unwind from the stress of the day. As I placed my foot on the step to walk up to my second floor apartment, I heard the door open to the corner apartment and the elderly lady who ...
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What’s Bothering Me?

I will be retiring from my purchasing job in the first half of the next year. I am excited about the prospect of spending more time with my wife, traveling together, finally working on the long “honey do” list that has languished over the years, and ...
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Bringing it All Together

I have now shared with you eleven leadership principles that I learned while serving in the Marine Corps. These principles helped me lead my Marines in difficult situations and helped me be successful in my career outside of the Marine Corps. So, let me give ...
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What is Your Leadership Focus?

I was lucky to spend 20 successful years in the United States Marine Corps where I began my career as private/recruit at Parris Island, South Carolina and ended my career as a Captain and leader of Marines at Meridian, Mississippi. I will be the first to ...
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