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Letter From the President: 

Dear Society Member,

I hope your summer is off to a great start. It’s officially July, and that means one of America’s favorite weeks of the year is just around the corner—Shark Week. Named in 2010 as the longest-running cable television programming event in history, Shark Week is an annual, week-long TV programming block that has consumed viewers of all ages for the past 29 years.

Each year, Shark Week consists of a variety of informative, educational and captivating stories. And if you pay close attention, you’ll notice leadership lessons that all can benefit from. Here are a few that are top of mind:

· Have Awareness: Like surfers in the open water, leaders must also be constantly aware of their environment and all of those that share the space around them. They are more in tune with working in harmony with their surroundings. An individual who is frequently surprised and caught off guard isn’t someone who is prepared. A quick way to increase awareness is by learning to predict events. Map out the various scenarios that could occur, think ahead to determine how different factors will affect those events, and be prepared to act on each one should they occur.

· Be Decisive: In life, sudden situations will arise that require quick decision making. Occasionally these decisions not only impact the decision-maker, but all those involved. Leaders need to be able to take immediate and decisive action. The quickest way to become decisive is to be intentional about being decisive. Take some time imagining yourself as a decisive person in various situations and practice that muscle. The more you visualize it, the easier it will be to actualize it.

· Seek Knowledge: Continually seek education and knowledge from those around you, particularly when you find yourself in times where advice is needed. If the manpower and resources are available, don’t endure it on your own. A great way to start expanding your network is to become involved in activities and organizations that will introduce you to new people. Stay connected with these connections beyond the event. Utilize social media tools such as LinkedIn to remain on their radar, and make sure to continually nurture the relationship through continued conversations and engagement.

· Be Brave: Leadership requires bravery. Being brave or courageous does not come automatic for most and requires some practice. A good place to start is by naming your phobias, outline steps on how to conquer them, and challenge yourself to complete each one by a set deadline. Once you face your fears head on and work through them, the phobias will turn into minor discomforts.

· Be Determined: Leaders must have relentless determination. Failures and negativity only stops those who let it. Just like surfers who are determined to get back in the water after an accident, leaders must also be resilient in their efforts to return to normalcy following a crisis.

This month I encourage you to be observant and make note of leadership truths you find in other unlikely sources!

I hope you are having a wonderful, safe and relaxing summer.

Best wishes,

Charles Knippen

The National Society of Leadership and Success

Continue reading below in the Monthly Motivation section for more Shark Week leadership and life lessons.

Success Corner: 

Society Member Success: Pamela McCoy, Vista College - Longview

Shoutout and big congratulations to Pamela McCoy of the Society chapter at Vista College - Longview, for receiving the Vista Horizon Award for demonstrating leadership and involvement in the community.

Chapter Graduation: Vista College - Longview

On Friday, June 23rd, the Society chapter at Vista College - Longview gathered together to celebrate its graduating members. Special congratulations to members Chelsea Jones Vista College - Longview Class of 2017 Salutatorian and Rhonda Jones Vista College - Longview Class of 2017 Valedictorian.

Monthly Motivation: 

Advice from a shark:
-Take a bite out of life
-Stay active
-Keep moving forward
-Have a healthy appetite
-Live fiercely
-Stay sharp

4 Life Lessons You Can Learn From Shark Week
By John Whyte, M.D., MPH

Three Leadership Lessons from Shark Week
By Tony Johnson

The diver entered the cage and lowered into the choppy ocean. He adjusted the camera on its mount, checked his air flow, and then let the boat above know that he was set and ready to film.

Then a 20 foot Great White Shark swam at the cage, gripped it with its powerful jaws, and put 2 tons of weight behind the force of its attack.

It was heart stopping and it wasn’t even me in that cage. But as the battle-scarred shark relented and others swam in to inspect this visitor into their world, it occurred to me. There are some very serious leadership lessons to be learned here. Lessons from the sharks and from those who study and protect them.

Lessons we can only learn during Shark Week.
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Our members are leading and inspiring individuals on their campuses and in their communities across the country every day, and we want to help tell those stories! Articles and other content for upcoming newsletters can be submitted anytime to Please include photos from your event, and let us know what you were doing, who participated and how it impacted your members and community. So many chapters are making a difference every day. Keep up the good work!

Society Spotlight: 

Chapter Events
and Highlights

Chapter Induction: Virginia College in Spartanburg

On Friday, June 16, the Society chapter at Virginia College in Spartanburg held its Spring 2017 Induction Ceremony, honoring its new inductees.

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Society Shop: New Items and Last Chance Favorites

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