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Duck Dynasty Season 31

A Duck of a Dynasty


How hard is it for you to recognize an “epic” moment while it is occurring? I’m normally not very good at this. I tend to miss it and then catch it after the momentum is over. However, the other day as I was sitting around the living room watching a television show with extended family  – I recognized that something was different.

A “DuckEpic” moment.

Like most families, we are as diverse as they come. Pick any subject and you’re sure to find several different viewpoints. Our family is diverse in our faith traditions, politics, educational leanings and taste in music. What can I say we are a real family.

However, that all seemed to changed when we watched Duck Dynasty together. We all laughed and enjoyed ourselves immensely. For whatever reason we seemed to be relating to and laughing with the Robertson family.

Let’s face it – Duck Dynasty is not your typical reality show.

The Robertson’s stress some fundamental core convictions that my immediate family relates with: God, Family & Friends. Over the course of several weeks of interactions with my extended family, this show has unanimously been accepted. My “biker” cousin, my “country-living” cousin who loves photography, my President Obama supporting family members – and the ones still weeping over the last election.

Duck Dynasty is making beards cool.

This is the question that captivated my thinking as I processed the moment. How can a family, so diverse in its thinking – all be enjoying the same entertainment? Entertainment that is neither politically or spiritually neutral.

Pondering this series of “duckepic” family moments I decided to break down the leadership lessons I believe the Robertson family lives and what is making Duck Dynasty a unifying show.

The Duck Dynasty Leadership Formula

  •  The Robertson’s seem to be authentic in every situation making them endearing. They pray at meal times, bite snakes in half and carry guns. They make no excuses for their family’s extreme faith walk or their love of hunting and eating off the land. What makes this special is they are unapologetically authentic. In order to lead well in every situation, I believe that authenticity is essential.

“Last time it got this hot, I blacked out, I woke up naked & I was in the middle of a park.” – Si Robertson

  • The Robertson’s are incredibly smart. All things aside when you watch Duck Dynasty you are watching a successful business thrive. It is built around a high quality singular focus. This singular focus seems to be shared by everyone in the family and on the team. This allows for consistent vision, values and mission. In order to lead well, we should all know and understand what we value and why.

“A real man don’t call the plumbers. If he gonna call himself a man, he needs to know how to fix it, on the spot” – Phil Robertsonduck-dynasty

  • The Robertson’s take advantage of transformational leadership moments. Even the children are sharing the same message to the world. God, Family and ….you guessed it, Ducks.  Being able to recognize transformational leadership moments is essential.  

“Our marriage is living proof that love & family can get you through everything.” – Miss Kay

It’s clear to see that this family operates a value-driven business. They operate imperfectly and are intentional about leaving plenty of room for mistakes. So authentic in their approach that they tend to unify strangers with their hard-core Louisiana living. While my family has never eaten a duck together or prayed over frog legs. There is something gravitational about how they live and lead. If the Duck Commander Calls work as well as the show…watch out, and prepare to feast on duck!

What are your thoughts on the show? (You can share in the comment section below.) 

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  1. Eddy

    Si-Rific- Spot on Mark

  2. Roger

    I think the whole show can be summed up in 3 words: happy, happy, happy. If you live in a God honoring way, you are blessed. Being blessed can’t help but make you “feel” happy, happy, happy! Simple as that. If you want to be happy, then live in a God honoring way. Boom!

    • Mark Mathia
      Mark Mathia09-07-2013

      Roger you sound like Phil. I don’t know, but if it wasn’t for you I am not sure I would have watched this show. Thanks buddy!

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