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Professional Guides are Leaders

We are Professional Guides.

As Professional Guides we are also leaders. It is more than a position to obtain or a skill to master for us. It is who and what we are; we are Professional Guides and Professional Guides are leaders.

Professional Guides

Through the journey of discovering my own potential, when I was given the task of learning how and creating a website and learning to maintain it for the benefit of our business, I discovered a humbling amount of information and instruction and an entire world of people waiting.

“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.  I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.” 

~George Bernard Shaw

The blessings that came from the last years of learning and 15 to 17 hour days spent online are by far too numerous to mention (although never too many to think of and be grateful to) but I would say if asked that the biggest blessing was and still is by far, the people. An entire planet full of people waiting to make a difference in someone else’s life. So many good, smart, experienced, kind people, waiting to make a difference ~ even in my own life.

These people that I speak of have taught me, guided me through the wilderness of the Internet, offered advice and opinions, have offered to help me, have offered me a place on their own websites and blogs, have kept me company, cheered me on, backed me up, scolded me and kept me and our website safe, inspired and motivated. These people I speak of have made an incredible difference to and in my life.

“What we are is God’s gift to us.  What we become is our gift to God.”  ~Eleanor Powell

Leaders all, from CEOs of world wide companies, attorneys, teachers, authors, personal / business / life -coaches, house wives, retirees, Non-Profit Founders, strategists, entrepreneurs ~ to so many more! These people, from all walks of life, from all corners of the world, come together to become better leaders for those they serve.

“Each of us is a being in himself and a being in society, each of us needs to understand himself and understand others, take care of others and be taken care of himself.”  ~Haniel Long

Professional Guides are Leaders

As we walk our talk as Professional Guides and as leaders, we are here to serve those we lead. As we walk our talk and continue to learn, inspire, visualize and implement a goal or dream, we will shine together.

Those we touch, mentor or teach will be the living leading legacy of what is strong and right. If a Leader does not stand for what is right and good, who will? (If this statement rings a bell for you, you might want to see Alaska, You Have A Problem)

“Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.”  ~William James



Not So Typical Guide Applicant Questions

Guide Applicant Questions

Yep. Sometimes it is easy for any of us to get into the mind-set that we have all the questions answered, but sometimes (as is the case today) we get the not so typical Guide applicant questions too! What we are going to discuss in this post are a few random but pointed questions about:Continue Reading

The Issue of Learning to Lead

Learning to Lead

Nothing by far has taught me more about leadership than training others to become Professional Guides of Alaska. There are some who will go on to become licensed guides but so few will ever grasp what it truly means to become a Professional Guide. It is an issue of learning to lead. It is notContinue Reading

Strong and Serene, the Final Steps to Be Fearless

Strong and Serene

At the start of 2014 the team gathered here at Pioneer Outfitters and vowed to Be Fearless in all, for all of the year ahead. Be Fearless! The words we chose for our focus, both personally, spiritually and professionally, for our support of #MyOneWord and for each of us to witness as individuals the changesContinue Reading

Forever Young, a New Year’s Foundation and Strength

Foundation and Strength

Welcome to 2015! It is a new year and indeed, a new blessing. A New Year’s foundation and strength come from those who travel into the fresh with all of the experience and wisdom of the old, I believe. Changes, even those worked for, tend to be difficult and incredibly challenging at times to seeContinue Reading

Leadership, Guide Trainees and Beliefs


It’s an important question for all of us to ask and answer for our own growth. What do you really believe about Leadership?  We are each of us, leaders. As Professional Guides this is doubly true. So, have you ever stopped to think about what you really believe about leadership? All I have learned throughContinue Reading

Producing The Natural Physical Process of Guiding Leadership

Guiding Leadership

So what makes us each who we are? We have bodies, souls, spirits and hearts. When you add into the mix our emotions, experiences and desires, you have a person. It could be you, him, her or me. “The natural physical process” suits a Professional Guide to perfection, as we are all called to theContinue Reading

The Courage to Lead

Courage to Lead

As the year began, my own journey took on a deliberate focus, to Be Fearless. In all my choices, thoughts and actions, in all my business and personal dealings, with strangers as well as my own family, I would be fearless. Courage by definition is the ability to do something that frightens one; strength inContinue Reading

Why the Little Things Count So Much

Little Things

Not very long ago I listened to a speech given for University graduates and so many of the points covered in the eloquent talk but one resonated deeply with me. It spoke of why the little things count so much. Why the little things matter so much is a point we have come up againstContinue Reading