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Founded in 1985 by Larry W. Dennis, Sr., Turbo Leadership Systems is an executive team building and leadership skills development organization. Turbo Leadership Systems has worked closely for 35 years with management teams of over 200 client companies in manufacturing, construction, distribution, food service, professional services, guest services, and healthcare.
Each Tuesday, we post a 500-word true story from leaders just like you. Benefit from what they’ve learned.

Monkey Wrenching: Volume II

February 11th, 2020|

On my drive home from Session 2, I was feeling good about having given my 'egg on my face' talk, like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I felt great and was ready for that ride home.

Monkey Wrenching: Volume I

February 4th, 2020|

Three and a half years ago, about 6 months in to working for Point S at our automotive shop in Albany, OR, I had come to learn that the techs share tools; whether they are owned by the shop or by an individual tech.

Short On Tools

January 28th, 2020|

About ten years ago, I was working on a retirement facility in Portland. Jet Industries was contracted to replace a large 6" backflow assembly controlling the water service to the building.

Driver’s Seat

January 21st, 2020|

Twelve years ago, I was sitting at home when I got a call from my brother. He told me that one of his fellow subcontractors for the company he was working with was leaving and they were offering me the job.

He Turned Everyone Off

January 14th, 2020|

In the winter of 2008, I was serving as second in command to a psychological operations team operating in southern Baghdad. Our team was an independent four-man group that was responsible for a 200 square kilometer slice of desert.

Red Light

January 7th, 2020|

In May 2016, we added a 10 x 40 addition to our house. A year later, in 2017, we planned to open the exterior wall of the house to tie the new addition in and only do the minimum amount of work needed to make the addition livable.

Holey Pants

December 31st, 2019|

I'm a bit of a practical joker. Back in 2015, I was working in our Fab Shop. I wanted to get the best of my buddy Matt. I had a drill with a vari-bit and I thought I would scare Matt by poking him with the drill bit and then pulling the trigger.

Pioneering the Oregon Trail Volume VI:

December 24th, 2019|

Day 18 of our journey from Loganville, GA to Seabeck, WA: I was excited when we arrived in Kemmerer, Wyoming and saw a sign directing us to J. C. Penney's home and first store. It was a little after five, so I stopped to see what time the home would open tomorrow.

Hot Seat

December 17th, 2019|

Prior to my role as a detailer, I worked in the field as a journeyman plumber. The job site was a brand new high school made of concrete and steel. I was freshly turned out from the apprenticeship program and my appearance reflected that: tattered shirt sleeves, worn out tools, and frayed overalls.


December 10th, 2019|

I was raised on a dairy farm and loved to drive and operate equipment. One day, when I was about 17 years old, my father and I were going to transport cattle from our dairy to the Portland stock yard.