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Navigating Hurricane Harvey Floods: Lessons In Leadership

Start of the Hurricane Harvey Flood 

The Guardian Angel Arrives On His ATV

Two Roads Diverged In a Hurricane Harvey Flood

I Have Seen The Light!

A Map of the Journey To Hurricane Harvey Recovery

How Wes Schaeffer got to Katy after Hurricane Harvey flooding.


Leadership Lessons From Helping Hurricane Harvey Victims

Years ago I wrote about Hurricane Sandy, which hit in 2012 and was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of that year wreaking $70 billion in damage. (I'm a former meteorologist in the Air Force, so cut me some slack for my interest in storms!)

That storm reminded us just how small and powerless we are. (That thing had tropical force winds spanning 1,150 miles!)

But that storm was in the Caribbean and the east coast of the United States, so I merely watched it on the news.

That all changed when Hurricane Harvey hit in August 2017.

It changed because my family is from Louisiana and I was raised in Baton Rouge until I was 12, at which point I moved to Houston. So I have two "hometowns" and even "home states," and Harvey wrecked 'em both.

We can't hold back the tides, stop a building from collapsing, blow out a fire with a wave of the hand, turn on the power by snapping our fingers or bring the dead back to life with even the greatest of doctors.

Hurricane Sandy also showed us just how big and powerful we are.

There were rescues at sea, newborns rescued at hospitals, pets rescued, baby squirrels rescued, and families were rescued while the husband/father/police officer gave his own life.

The actions of people during Hurricane Sandy saved lives. Made an impact. Made a difference that will last forever. That is big and powerful.

The destruction this storm caused will be cleaned up and people will eventually return to their normal routines.

Leaders will not.

Humility in leadership leads leaders to realize we're not all that.

Leaders know...

there is power in accepting our powerlessness."

Leaders know we must sometimes retreat to higher ground to have the time and vision to plan our next move.

dIt takes courage to know when to retreat. It takes leadership to order the retreat. It takes wisdom to know the retreat is only temporary.

Leaders know that

Graveyards are filled with irreplaceable people."

They put less priority on the staff meeting and more priority on connecting with the staff. They do work that matters. They get out of their own way and they remove obstacles for their people so they can thrive as well. They acknowledge that stuff is stuff and is meant to break and that it can be, is meant to be and will be replaced.

But people are not.

They will realize that titles and corner offices and designer clothes are powerless and worthless in the eye of the storm.

Leaders know that it is only a matter of time before the next storm and lead accordingly.

You can be that type of leader. The world needs you to be that type of leader.

Leadership Preparation

Wes Schaeffer returning to March AFB from the Middle East.


In 1988 I raised my right hand in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies and took an oath that I still honor today.

Little did I know how well that four-year journey of leadership training at the United States Air Force Academy would prepare me for what life would throw my way.

It's why I didn't hesitate to fly to Texas.

It's why I didn't hesitate to drive through flooded roads at night, alone to get to where I was needed.

It's why I can help you with your sales, business, and life challenges today.


Leadership Recognition

Since December 2004 my wife and family have called Murrieta home.

Since late 2006/early 2007 I've been a member of the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce, so it was an honor to be named their Citizen of the Year for 2018 because of my work pertaining to Hurricane Harvey relief. (But I do bust their chops that I had to leave the city and even the state for my loving ways to be recognized!! :-) )

Murrieta Citizen of the Year awarded to Wes Schaeffer, The Sales Whisperer®


While accolades or recognition played no part in my decision to fly to Texas and help, it's nice to know that people are watching and noticing what you do, so lead by example.

Walk your talk.

It'll pay off in the long run.

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