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Do Not Sell Yourself Short with Ed Reed

Adversities may seem like it’s holding us back from achieving our goals at first glance, but what if they’re actually helping us? — Adversities can lead us down a path of discovering what’s truly important in life—what matters most to us, and why. But it’s also a lot of work.  

It’s not something we can avoid, or even choose to avoid. We can’t control it, but we can choose how we deal with it—and that choice determines our response to the situation at hand and ultimately our ability to overcome the adversity itself. And when we do, it’s just amazing what we can find on the other side.

In this episode, Daniel and Academic Management Group Founder, Ed Reed will help us see things through multiple perspectives so that we don’t lose sight of our purpose. Listen in as they share what endurance through pain can teach us about our purpose, 3 golden nuggets to help us become better leaders, the power of human touch, how we can drive profit and productivity, how we can create a company culture based on love, and how to navigate through unpleasant and unexpected situations with grace. 

“As you endure the pain, you will birth purpose. through that purpose, you have power. The pain is temporary, but the purpose is forever. You have the power to change not just your world, but the world around you.” -Ed Reed

Episode Highlights
  • 04:04 The Biggest SetBack Among Leaders
  • 11:37 3 Nuggets to Live By  
  • 19:20 When The Unexpected Happens
  • 27:16 How to Increase Productivity and Profitability
  • 35:06 From Purpose to Power


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Connect with Ed:

Ed Reed is the Founder of Academic Management Group, LLC and serves as an Executive Director on the John C. Maxwell Team to provide global leadership development. Prior to entering the school system, Ed gained value leadership experience in the private sector. Ed is a highly educated specialist with over 25 years of expertise in developing students, teachers, administrators and strengthening communities.

Ed realized the best way to help future generations was to create an organization to provide coaching, consulting, training, and enrichment programs at affordable rates to equip students and families with the tools necessary to build the futures they desire. His life mission is to transform lives through leadership development, wellness & self-care, and personal growth. He believes people are the most valuable resources in every organization and that cultivating a culture of leadership is critical to long-term organizational success.

Ed’s coaching and leadership training focus on empowering and equipping people to effectively connect with others, stretch beyond their comfort zone, and apply sound wisdom to build their foundation for long-term success. Internationally, he has worked with leaders in Paraguay, Nigeria, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, and the Philippines.

Ed has served in various leadership roles in private industry and secondary schools recognized among the top 100 schools in America. Ed is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council and often serves as a guest speaker to graduate students at multiple universities. He has served on various advisory boards for nonprofit organizations dedicated to equipping the next generation for success.

Ed served as the 2016 – 2017 President of the Maryland School Counselor Association. In 2017 he was honored as the MCPS Middle School Counselor of the Year. Ed earned a “Telly Award” as an educational expert for his contributions to the award-winning television show, “Congratulations! You’re In!” Afterward, he served as the host for two seasons. Ed was also the 2017 John Maxwell Team Award Winner for Equipping Others.

The combination of Ed’s faith, compassion, leadership, rich experiences, keen insight into human behavior & organizational development has resulted in effectively navigating individuals, teams, and organizations through challenges to successfully exceed their desired outcome. 


04:29 “As a leader, if you are shielded away from the challenges that people have, that shield can become a barrier to being in touch.” -Ed Reed

11:52 “Be observant of the situation. Look for multiple perspectives of what you think you see.” 

13:53 “When we trust God, we trust the process. When we trust the process, we position ourselves to receive more blessings.” -Ed Reed

15:23 “Everybody has agenda and we want it to be perfect, but sometimes, it doesn’t work that way. Sometimes, that divine connection is made because something else is canceled.” -Daniel Gomez

20:23 “Have the patience to be still so that your prayers can be answered.” -Ed Reed

26:39 “There’s a community that needs help. When the community suffers, the businesses suffer. If the business is suffering, the employees suffer, their family and children suffer.” -Daniel Gomez

28:56 “The best employees will watch how you treat the okay employees. And if you mistreat [them] instead of developing them and helping them get better, your best employees will roll out on you.” -Ed Reed 

30:57 “Train your people how to manage and navigate unpleasant situations so that your customers don’t become former customers. We all mess up but whether we lose them or keep them depends on how we interact with them- the power of human touch.” -Ed Reed

32:07 “Take care of your people so they can take care of your people.” -Ed Reed

36:11 “As you endure the pain, you will birth purpose. through that purpose, you have power. The pain is temporary, but the purpose is forever. You have the power to change not just your world, but the world around you.” -Ed Reed