Zack Hudson

Helping others reach their fullest potential in leadership and in life. 

Intentional Leadership Growth

Understanding empathy

A good leader is served well when they have a strong sense of empathy towards others. Empathy is everything in leadership; without it, there is no true understanding and without understanding, there is a failure in leadership.  Trusting partnerships, stronger family...

You have nothing to prove

I once worked for someone where nothing was ever good enough. I felt like I had to prove myself over and over again no matter how long I had been in the role. It gets exhausting and it crushes your morale and drive to do better.   You shouldn't have to live life...

Does the desire for time really mean a desire for more meaningful memories?

I'm a big-time management guy.  It's a subject that I get a lot of questions about at Passing the Baton and when I'm meeting people in the real world.  Recently the question and idea came up about the desire for time versus the desire for more personal...

Finding Leadership in Jurassic World

I know why we’re here.  A rescue op, save the dinosaurs from an island that’s about to explode.  What could go wrong?-Owen (Chris Pratt) Jurassic World is one of the highest grossest movies ever made and for good reason. It's got a relatable hero, action,...

Finding Leadership in the Avengers

There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people, to see if we could become something more.-Nick Fury The Avengers have fully taken over the world. Their universe in TV and film has spanned over 10 years and amassed billions in ticket sales alone. It...

Finding Leadership in Star Wars (New Trilogy)

(Leia) would say, hope is like the sun. If you only believe in it when you can see it, you’ll never make it through the night.- Vice Admiral Holdo The newest trilogy of Star Wars movies closes out the Skywalker Saga; a story told over nine movies and...

Finding Leadership in Star Wars (Original Trilogy)

Never tell me the odds!-Han Solo The Star Wars Saga is my favorite set of movies. I would lose a whole day during summer break watching all three of the original movies back to back and often played Star Wars in the back yard and the forests surrounding...

The importance of a morning routine

Certainly, you've heard the tales of accomplished CEOs and leaders and their morning routines. They typically wake up super early, do a bunch of stuff and then head out on their day. Is a 4:30 AM wake-up call what you need to be productive? Are night owls lost to a...

Building mental fortitude

Mental fortitude, or grit as it's sometimes called, can be the deciding factor in your success as a leader and how you persevere through challenging times. Looking back at my time in the military, basic training was really about testing and strengthening a...

Can you create charisma?

If you've ever met someone that was very likable but you didn't exactly know why, then you have seen charisma in action. It's the magic essence of networking, building a following, and being well-liked.  At the end of the day, people are more likely to...

How to create sincere enthusiasm

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.-Ralph Waldo Emerson Sincere enthusiasm in what you do is both compelling and attractive to others. Your level of enthusiasm is like a magnet, the stronger it is, the more that you will draw in. Elon Musk is a great...

What to do when someone resigns

The sudden departure of trusted and valued team members can be a shock to a leader and navigating this scenario is one of the most challenging, and often frustrating, parts of being a leader. The loss causes more work for the leader, less efficiency in the team in the...

You are not an imposter – Conquering imposter syndrome

Have you ever felt like a phony, fake or inadequate no matter how successful you really are?  It's often referred to as Imposter Syndrome. You feel like you aren't truly good enough to be the leader, great parent or friend and once everyone figures it out,...

Facelifts, overhauls, and funerals

We officially crossed the halfway point in the year. How is the year going for you? Are you on track for the goals that you set out for yourself? Have the goals already been thrown out the window and you are in survival mode?  It's a great time to take a moment...

Profiles in Leadership: Wilma Mankiller

We must trust our own thinking. Trust where we are going and get the job done-Wilma Mankiller  Wilma Mankiller was a leader that broke barriers for her people. She was elected as the first female Chief of the Cherokee people and brought Native Americans forward...

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