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054: Chip Bell: It landed and a miracle happened

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054: Chip Bell: It landed and a miracle happened

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Chip Bell Show Notes

Chip Bell’s unit was in an ambush site during the Vietnam War. As an officer, Chip usually went with the unit most likely to make contact with the enemy. One night, Chip’s unit was totally surrounded by an enemy unit that was ten times the size of his unit. As the enemy began to get closer to his unit, Chip called for artillery support. What happened next was of legend. Listen to Chip tell his story of getting over the hump and what it meant in his life.

Chip grew up on a cattle farm in South Georgia. His father was a full-time banker and a full-time farmer and his mother was a teacher.  Being the oldest in a family of three children Chip was strongly encouraged to take the lead, set the example, do more than his share, and always do the right thing.  This expectation gave him a strong drive to achieve, serve others, and pursue excellence in a fashion that reflected ethics and a keen sense of fair play.

Chip has had a wealth of life experiences from being tested in the heat of intense military combat as an infantry unit commander in Viet Nam with the elite 82nd Airborne, to being a small unit (guerrilla) tactics instructor at the Army Infantry School, to opening for Back Street Boys.

The values that influence Chip (and the ones he strives to pursue) include Integrity, partnership, honesty, reliability, and a strong dedication to excellence.  Chip seeks to be a role model for wholesome relationships grounded in ethics with an obvious zeal to do whatever it takes to yield positive, productive results.

The legacy Chip wants to leave behind is that he made a difference in the lives of others—both personally and professionally.  His work, focuses on creating the kind of experiences for customers that build loyalty and advocacy.  That includes helping leaders of organizations create a culture that supports those serving customers and to find creative solutions to most challenges, rather than settling for the typical logical ones.

Chip’s most treasured avocation (and vocation) is professional writing—an outlet that has yielded 21 books, which he claims is more than he has read. His other passion is keynote speaking—a role that enables me to positively influence hundreds of leaders at the same time.

Chip is a very happy person and feels he’s extremely fortunate to have been given a successful career filled with adventure, challenge, learning, and success.

Chip currently lives on the shores of beautiful Lake Oconee with his wife of 50 years Dr. Nancy Bell, where they try to spend as much time as possible with their three beautiful granddaughters.

Tweetable Quotes and Mentions

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“There’s no limit to ingenuity.” -Chip Bell Click to Tweet

“(Organizational) cultures are not rational, they’re emotional” -Chip Bell Click to Tweet 

“If we’re leading an organization of computers, we wouldn’t have to worry about morale.” -Chip Bell Click to Tweet 

“The human side of business operates with a different logic than machines.” -Chip Bell Click to Tweet 

“Organizations that are consistently great…have found a way to instill passion.” -Chip Bell Click to Tweet 

“How do we keep helping people tie their work to a grander mission?” -Chip Bell Click to Tweet 

“Helping people find…connection of meaning in what you do can make all the difference.” -Chip Bell Click to Tweet 

“Leaders help people see what matters in what they do.” -Chip Bell Click to Tweet 

“Too many leaders think they are just there to get the work done.” -Chip Bell Click to Tweet 

“How we help people feel valued…is a path to, my life matters.” -Chip Bell Click to Tweet 

“Your attitude towards life is something you choose.” -Chip Bell Click to Tweet 

“The attitude you bring…is what you pass on to employees.” -Chip Bell Click to Tweet 

“I choose a great attitude.” -Chip Bell Click to Tweet 

“If you can’t manage yourself, obviously you can’t manage others.” -Chip Bell Click to Tweet 

“Your job is to take responsibility and to be a role model.” -Chip Bell Click to Tweet 

“No matter how frightened you may be, it’s not going to win the day.” -Chip Bell Click to Tweet 

“Every day is a chance to achieve something new.” -Chip Bell Click to Tweet 

“It’s not about me, it’s about the contribution.” -Chip Bell Click to Tweet 

“I prioritize by, will this make a difference in the life of people I influence?” -Chip Bell Click to Tweet 

“The next day you get a new opportunity to right whatever mistake you’ve made.” -Chip Bell Click to Tweet 

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Hump to Get Over

Chip Bell’s unit was in an ambush site during the Vietnam War. As an officer, Chip usually went with the unit most likely to make contact with the enemy. One night, Chip’s unit was totally surrounded by an enemy unit that was ten times the size of his unit. As the enemy began to get closer to his unit, Chip called for artillery support. What happened next was of legend. Listen to Chip tell his story of getting over the hump and what it meant in his life.

Advice for others

It’s all about giving back and making a difference in the life of others.

Holding him back from being an even better leader

Not enough time in the day.

Best Leadership Advice Received

Be authentic.

Secret to Success

Jack Daniel’s Whiskey.

Best tools that helps in business or Life

I think I am a creative person and that helps me a lot.

Recommended Reading

Holy Bible: New Living Translation

Contacting Chip

Website: http://www.chipbell.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chiprbell

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChipRBell

Resources

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About the Author:

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Your Fast Leader Show host is Jim Rembach. Jim is a panel expert with the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA) and spent many years in contact center operations and leverages this to help others. He is a certified Emotional Intelligence (EQ) practitioner, Certified Employee Retention Specialist, Certified Better Place to Work Expert, and frequently quoted industry expert.