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My Philosophy...

I believe that every individual is uniquely extraordinary, built to live abundantly and designed to make a contribution to the world. I've trained students nationally and internationally for over three decades.

Through my company, Life Development Services, LLC, I serve individuals and businesses as a trainer, coach and consultant. I assist people in aligning personally and professionally with their unique passions, gifts, and purposes.


I am a Certified Life Coach through the A.S.C.C. (American Association of Christian Counselors) - 2009

I received the following designations through TTI (Target Training International) Performance Systems Ltd - 2012

  • CPBA - Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst
  • CPMA - Certified Professional Motivators

Through TTI my company offers assessment products including Behaviors (D.I.S.C.). Through these tools we can help companies save revenue by implementing better processes of selection, review, and training to fit and keep the right people in the right positions.

What does a hockey puck have to do with leadership development?

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This is the history of Coach Randy Pipes tracking leadership development highs and lows that led him to create a process of fearless leadership development.

When I was really young, my mom decided that I needed to take swimming lessons. She took me to a local organization and signed me up for classes.

The instructor took a hockey puck, threw it into the pool and told me to dive in and get it. I don’t know if maybe I accidentally got enrolled in a more advanced class or something. All I know is that I was terrified.

Not wanting to disappoint the instructor, I went head first into the pool and almost drown myself. The rest of the details are a little fuzzy, but I know that I never went back to those classes again.

The next week my mom signed me up for lessons at a different pool. This time the instructor was more thorough in her instruction and more compassionate in her approach. She started by having us put our faces in the water as we held our breath. Then we learned to blow bubbles in the water as we turned our heads to take a breath. Finally she had us hold onto a Styrofoam kickboard as she walked along side each of us while we kicked our way through the water. Eventually she turned us loose and let us go.

I spent some wonderful summers at that pool!

Unfortunately, a lot of leaders are “developed” using the hockey puck in the pool technique. That’s pretty much how I learned to be a leader. I believe there’s a much better way. In the next video I want to share a little bit about where I’ve come from. I’m sure you’ll be able to connect with some of my story.

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My ups and downs as a leader...

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Here as some of the highlights of my leadership journey.

I’ve served as a leader in many capacities my whole life. I am the first-born of three brothers I’ve led in school, Scouts and various jobs when I was a kid.

Sometimes I was recognized and appointed. Other times I just assumed a leadership role because that’s how I’m wired. Thing I’d like to stress though, is that no one really showed me how to do it.

Leadership was kind of a hit or miss thing for me. Just because I was out in front didn’t mean that I had a clue where I was going.

I graduated with honors in high school and started getting pressure to choose a college. The problem was, I had no clue who I was, what I was good at or what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. So I did the only natural thing. I choose the school where my girlfriend decided to go :-0

In college I was elected as class president and served on student counsel. I still didn’t have a clue what I wanted to be when I grew up so I chose my major for all the wrong reasons. Fortunately it ended up working out OK.

After college I started working with kids at a large church. I grew a group of around 14 kids into the hundreds. I gained recognition for this position in my area. I taught school, coached wrestling, served as guidance counselor and camp director. I ran the churches food and clothing outreaches. I counseled many adults as well as teens. On occasion I was on national television. It seemed that anywhere that I went in the northeastern part of my state I was recognized by someone.

Much of this experience was great. Much of it was frustrating. No one really showed me how to be a leader. I was left me to myself and learned things the hard way.

I started and ran a non-profit ministry for about ten years. Through this ministry I gathered local leaders. My goal was to created ways to facilitate unity between the local churches. I learned a lot through this experience…mostly the hard way.

Later I started a church. Basically I went through the same learning process of trial and error. I was in the School of Hard Knocks.

Through all of this I developed a passion to guide people through a process of finding their place in life. I kept working to perfect the process.

Eventually I started working with large and small businesses to develop leaders and potential leaders. I coached and trained people around the US and internationally. I fine tuned my skills. I developed and perfected a process.

Each one of these steps was formative for me. When I stand back and look at my life I can see that the things that frustrated me the most grew into a passion that really began to define me in a wonderful way. It’s because of this passion that I’m connecting with you today. In the next video I want tell you how it all began to “click” for me and the impact that I believe this can have on your life.

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What created the fuel for my fire?

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Here are some of the ingredients that have made me who I am.

I am blessed to have:

  • Parents who believed in me
  • Hardworking examples
  • Lots of freedom to imagine and practice

Things that have frustrated me:

I am creative and visionary.

  • I see and know things before they’re mainstream
  • I often had an inability to accurately express what I knew
  • Because of this I was misunderstood
  • As a result I felt alone

I have a strong “Type A” personality:

  • I have been ambitious, independent and strong-willed
  • I longed for someone to mentor me
  • I had great leadership opportunities with no real oversight
  • Others leaders seemed to watch from a distance as I did “my own thing.”
  • It seemed that no one was brave enough to work with the “wild stallion” in me in order to help me harness my strength.
  • Because of this, most of what I learned was through the school of hard knocks.

I am passionate

  • My longing for a mentor became a passion to mentor others
  • Through trial and error I kept experimenting on myself and others, seeking to help people build lifestyles that matched their unique passion and giftedness…their purpose if you will.
  • Eventually I transitioned into business and worked with various sized companies to develop their high-potential leadership. This is where things really began to click for me.
  • Being a leadership development coach gave me a new perspective. As I fine tuned my methods I saw more dramatic results

Lessons learned about leadership

I don’t believe in wasting anything. Here are some things I learned through the highs and lows:

  • Growth as a leader, unlike physical growth does not happen automatically. There are many components to it and to grow in each you must be:
    – Intentional
    – Knowledgeable – Good intentions will never be enough.
  • Leadership is essential – in your personal life, in your family life and at work.
  • I needed to take responsibility for my growth and development as a leader.
  • There’s not a nobler calling than to devote your life to develop in your ability to positively influence others.
  • The best way to make a difference in the world is to develop and influence leaders.
  • There is a leader in everyone, but most people don’t realize it.
  • No one is qualified to lead everything. We each have an area of genius from which we should lead.
  • People need help to recognize their genius and to develop it into a form of expression that can help others.
  • Every leader’s power is exponentially multiplied when they bring their knowledge, understanding and ability to the table.

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Translating passion into business...

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The mission of Life Development Services, LLC is to improve the lives of leaders, facilitating the expression of their unique expertise and creating ways to network their products and services for the mutual benefit of all.

There are three phases to our business plan:

1. Leadership Development – Adding value to leaders and potential leaders
2. Expertise Development – Facilitating the development and expression of the leader’s expertise
3. Network of Products and Service – Creating ways to network product and service providers for the mutual benefit of all

The vision of Life Development Services, LLC ) is to develop and lead leaders towards the strategic coordination of their expertise and assets in order to create measurable community transformation.

Life Development Services is built upon the belief that everyone has a story that is related to their life’s purpose. It needs to be told and it needs to be heard! I want you to know that I’m working to develop ways to help you do just that.

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