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Unbreakable Podcast with Thom Shea

Thom Shea, Navy SEAL

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Unbreakable Podcast with Thom Shea

Unbreakable Podcast with Thom Shea

Thom Shea, Navy SEAL

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Unbreakable Podcast is for people who want to rediscover their edge. I believe in the human ability to get off the X and regain their edge. It doesn’t matter how old, how many times you have won or lost, or how low you have become. I am committed to you getting your edge.Join the Unbreakable Tribe and push your limits.Pre-order Three Simple Things here: https://amzn.to/2tbsBeo

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Health: What are you waiting for

The older I become the more I ask myself and others this question. What are you waiting for? It is the beginning of the year and for god’s sake the year is 2020 and 2020 implies clear vision so let’s not waste it. I know, I know you are waiting for something but that something will never come. School is in the way, injury is in the way, your spouse doesn’t support, you are too old or too young, you are too busy with a job or too busy finding a job. It is too cold outside. I get it. I was reading an article on American obesity this morning and it made me laugh. The next article was on how fewer Americans than ever before can pass the physical screening test to enter the military; that made cry. So, are you telling me the American public with all the money and opportunity and free access to how to be healthy is worse than ever before? Is that what you are telling me? I hope that got your attention like it did mine. Hey this is a new year so let’s all start where we are and get after health. Here is why. Because you can. Because your body and your health are the only things that follow you to the grave and the only thing you personally have complete ownership of. If you are a young kid between 13 and 18, here is what I suggest you can do every day, whether your school supports recess or gym or doesn’t for some odd reason, do 20 push-ups a day, 20 sit-ups, and 20 squats every single day. You don’t need any money or equipment or support and can do these exercises in your room. If you are really bold make sure you run, jog, or walk for 1 mile a day. Stop eating refined sugar even though all your friends do it and it takes really good. Point is that sugar makes you fat a lazy. The choice is yours. Make a good one. Opposite end of the age spectrum where all the money is wasted due to neglect. If you cannot stand for some reason due to bad knees or injured hips than put the remote in your hand and do as many bi-cep curls as you can, even if you can only do 10 your life will change if you do these every day. If you cannot get up, then tighten and loosen your belly muscles until you are warm, and they are tired. Move your shoulders around in circles until they are warm. I know they are stiff, and you feel old and broken but get to it what are you waiting for. Finally, drink more water even if you are on diuretics. Don’t waste away by none action and bad eats. The next group reflects the group in the obesity article. Men and women between 35-60 are fatter and in worse health than ever before. I don’t think that is true. I actually think the author was trying the meet a deadline to get paid. Yet, peeps, you all have nothing but excuses as to why you are not healthy. You are the one buying food and have the job you chose. If you are parents than you kids are watching and so are your grand kids. Drink 10 glasses of water a day. I dare you to be that healthy. I dare you. I further dare you to go to the gym or outside and workout for an hour a day doing anything that raises your heart rate to 140 beats a minute. Same as youth, do push-ups, sit-ups, and squats. What are you waiting for? Or sit there and get fat and do nothing. The final group is the oddest group of all. 18-35 years old. If you dedicated 90 minutes a day to your health and what you eat you would be responsible to changing the world. Your health costs would disappear. Insurance companies would hate you. Doctors would lose money if you as a group just worked out 90 minutes a day. It takes no money and little time to actually work out for 90 minutes and drink 10 glasses of water. 20% of this age group does this on a daily basis. So what are you really waiting for to be healthy? Is an injury the invite you want? Is the next size up the awakening? If a heart attack is needed there is one coming your way. Are you missing going on that adventure trip with kids or family because you just cannot anymore? Is that the kick in the pants needed? Take care of yourself every day. Don

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Health: What are you waiting for

Lessons From 2019

Let’s all take a moment and look back at 2019. Specifically let’s all look at the things we learned. The older I get, and the more distance unfolds from my life in the SEAL teams the more humor I find in my day-to-day life. As I look back at 2019, I cannot help but laugh. I look at my life in five areas. Obviously, health is a big area and as I get older big is the operative word. The next area is work and accumulation of wealth. Ironically, the older I get the wiser my choices and the more opportunities I see and can act on. Another area of great value, at least to me, is the area of learning. This area is filled with infinite possibilities to once again learn lessons I could have learned as a child. Not so humorous realizing I am not as smart as I thought I was on a great many things. The final two areas are relationships and spiritual discovery. And you have to admit god has a sense of humor when you recognize “you get what you need and rarely what you want in either area”. So let’s acknowledge the lessons from health we learned, or at least let me share what I learned so that you can laugh: Ultra-marathon runners are not right in the head. They are excited to run a race even though they know they will throw up at least once. They are thrilled to see others laying on the side of the trail at mile 89 and often try to tell you “you are doing great” as you lay there trying to die in peace. At age 51 getting out of bed and walking to the kitchen could pass as a workout. Yoga is a four-letter word. Not to be used in the presence of young children. Be honest with yourself and recognize you will have to add two more months to the training plan that a 30 year old, highly ranked running coach gives you. The key lesson, learned in the SEAL teams, is still in play. Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast. And fast is slow. No matter how prepared you are there is a 30 year old 20 miles ahead of you who isn’t intimated by you or even concerned you want to kill him because he isn’t even breaking a sweat. The next series of lessons from 2019 is the acquisition of knowledge: At 51 you have forgotten more than most people younger than you even realize. The problem is you can no longer recall. Key lesson from childhood still applies, say thank you and people will help. Be a angry bitch and you are on your own. It is easier to learn something when you actually open the book and learn it, than it is to read the intro and suggest you got it. No matter how great a shot you were, each time you shoot is a new lesson that you have forgotten. So shoot more and talk about the past less. Dumb is a state of mind. You can learn anything if you are committed. Ask for help from people who are better than you and you will learn lessons you have yet to learn. Ask for help from people who are less and watch the how fast you waste your time and energy. This year in business has been tremendous. Let me caveat, that statement with it has been painfully lucrative. The lessons that were painful to learn are: Hustle makes you excited and tired. The wise business man hires a team of wolves. Only spend an hour of your day with existing business clients or engaged in things you are comfortable doing. If you aren’t fighting to get in front of 20 people a day than you may feel great but you are not going to win. Surround yourself with 5 people every day who are committed to pushing you in spite of your attitude. You can actually measure success by determining who the 5 people you hang with. Social media must be the only way to succeed? Texting is the only way to do deals. And everyone on you tube must be rich and sexy, and happy. Sadly, none of that is true and branding in social media is lucrative for the media company and pales in comparison to real human engagement. Every minute and every person is an opportunity. Once you see that to be true money is easy. Relationships are the fun area, and the lessons keep giving whether you are in the mood or not: Spend tim

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Lessons From 2019

Start from Zero with Dane Maxwell

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Start from Zero with Dane Maxwell

Brotherhood of War with Monty Heath

Brotherhood of war exists between soldiers, sailors, airman, and marines throughout history. Navy SEALs go through a forming experience that immediately connects them to each other no matter the length of time between meetings. War and training for war would seem to be the defining connection, but the human experience is the real reason why SEALs always support each other. Monty Heath achieved great success and operated at SEAL Team Two and SEAL Team SIx. Follow Monty on instagram and facebook

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Brotherhood of War with Monty Heath

Forming a Team

Going it alone or forming a team. It often seems as if this decision is hard to make. The old adage regarding teams is real, “if you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far form a team”. Most go alone because they don’t have to explain themselves. Others go alone because it is easier and quicker to get to it in each of the areas. While many go alone because they fear failure.

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151. Prime Leader Traits

We have entered a surreal world when people mix up the two prime leadership traits. Responsibility is an individual action trait. Accountability is what leaders have regarding the actions of others. No one is responsible to any other persons actions. We can only be held accountable if we made an agreement, or knew better, or once informed did nothing. But let me tell you as a leader never mix these two prime traits up or the environment around you becomes chaos or like Lord of the flies. So what happens when you mix them up or do these wrong. If somehow you let others convince you that you are responsible for the actions of someone else. Then the next horrifying virtual reality gets conjured up: it is called blame. Blame is the first fall of humans who are convinced responsibility is one to the other. The second terrifying fall is the mental condition you will convince yourself of when you screw up being responsible for your own actions. And that is entitlement or the condition it causes: lacking the deep knowledge that relentless practice is what you must do to better yourself. The third ill fated twist is when leaders don’t account for the actions of others. When the team screws something up, the ill fated leader looks at the person not the action. The count the person as the problem not the action and never correct the action through research, training, and adjusting. Fire the person and guarantee the next person will slip on the banana peel again. Ok what happens when the prime traits are handled correctly by leaders and individuals? People make mistakes then the person who made it stands up and fesses up no matter how gross the mistake. They make a new agreement and adjust to deal with the issue. No one blames anyone else and the team consolidates around the person and the problem and get back on it. Once you realize you are not entitled to anything at all, not even breathing or life then you get to work on bettering yourself and everything around you. You practice like it matters. You keep cleaning up spills, you keep adjusting you to the circumstance. Leaders start planning and considering actions required to succeed not personalities. Begin training people to do actions that is the key aspect. Alas it seems the opposite happens rather often. Violence is blamed on everyone else than the one who did the violent thing. Mom or dad is blamed. Cops are blamed. Leaders are blamed. The other driver is to blame. The dumbest thing I have ever heard is blaming violence on guns. Blame never resolves the incident from happening the first time or again and again. Everyone will hate me for saying but if you don’t want to get rid of violence first hold the one who done it responsible Then train everyone to carry a gun and know how to use it and what to do in the face of violence. We seem to pay too much attention to social media and often news. No one is entitled to money, a job, or being treated right, or a trophy or a job or a degree. No one deserves anything. And that is a good thing my friends. You will only get the thing you want when you practice and are relentless and earn it. Earn it works try it. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people that is just a truth. Different colored skin doesn’t mean you deserve a leg up or deserve to be beaten down. Just get to it. It literally takes 1000 attempts and anything to be an amateur. It takes 10,000 times to get to a point to decide if you are good or bad at it. It takes a life time to earn it. Blame is for the weak and down trodden and lost. Because blame doesn’t help anyone get better. Own up to every action you take the good and bad and missed opportunities are yours to be responsible for. Adjust and try again. Lead people to try again. Earn food, earn your clothes, earn first or last place, earn the love of your partner, don’t expect any of it.

12 MIN2019 DEC 9
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151. Prime Leader Traits

Disruption and Innovation

Disruption and Innovation Unbreakable Podcast is for people who want to rediscover their edge. I believe in the human ability to get off the X and regain the edge. It doesn’t matter how old, how many times you have won or lost, or how low you have become. I am committed to you getting your edge. Whether you are a leader, or on a team, or starting a business, or stuck after a success point there are two distinct efforts that will get you off the X again—disruption and innovation. Disruption and Innovation in a business environment always move you off the X; always move the needle. I want to share three stories about the twins of success so you can see the advantage. The first I find to be the most extraordinary and most common story in business. The story of how a new boss, either through a new equity purchase of the company and the injection of a new leader, or, a new leader rises up as the old one leaves. Experienced leaders, you know the ones who have turned bad situations around before, always cause disruption or innovate which causes disruptions. Innovation and disruption are twins you cannot have one without having the other. The disruptive leader has no preconceived ideas about what works and what doesn’t work. The disruptive leader interviews everyone with two questions in mind: what they do and what difference it makes to the organization. The initial period of interviews causes emotional disruption to the group. This is intentional but painful. The analysis of the people and their effect is needed but often brutal to witness and go through. The second is the analysis of the costs and revenue. I have to admit this effort over the past five years with organizations is truly an eye opener. Bleeding costs, hourly expenses that don’t directly cause increased revenue, and lack of simple activity to drive revenue are the most rampant gaps in most organizations. The gap analysis causes disruption due to exposing the truth. And, no one likes the truth for some reason. The third aspect is the correction. The correction disrupts the people and changes the costs and gets rid of people and things that don’t impact the organization. The third effort sets a new baseline. From this new baseline of people, activity, costs, and revenue comes Innovation. With a clean slate the new leader and the new culture can innovate processes, methods, technology. The process is simple but not easy. The second story is what happens in the SEAL teams on a weekly basis. In the teams, both the operational platoons and the training cadre ask three questions: Who is one point; what is working and not working; how far can we push the men and systems before they break. In the teams you intentionally cause disruption in order to cause innovation in techniques and technology. There is no other way to create and sustain high levels of performance. Intentional disruption and innovation is the culture of growth. When you look at people with the test of who is on or off, you only get one non-emotional answer. Performance is just what it is. You either can or you cannot demonstrate it. If you cannot you are not on point. If you can perform you stay if you cannot you go. When you ask what is working and what is not working, again, you have a non-emotional answer. This techniques works in this situation and not in others; or that technology works in this or that environment and not in those others. Point of fact, clear and simple! The disruption of pushing to limits is the way of life in the SEAL teams and very rare in business. I have yet to find the answer to why the disruptive life is not embraced in the business culture, when the clear outcome in the teams is so evident. At no point in time is there a training scenario that is winnable. No matter what happens things will fall apart or be pushed to breaking. Why? Because, training within limits makes you lie to yourself and to your team. Pushing to exhaustion is a truth. Using a tactic until in proves

14 MIN2019 DEC 2
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Disruption and Innovation

149. Solving the big problems of leadership

Solving the big problems. Moving into the week where we celebrate Thanks Giving, or Harvest or changing of the seasons or maybe just a time to say thank you to loved ones or for life in general, I want to address many questions and insights from a life spent training for war and training others in business for war. Maybe the insight will give you some peace during this week of saying thank you. I interview leaders every day either on the phone or in person, I also have spent the past 6 years training leaders to achieve results in areas they thought lost to them. These two questions illuminate a great deal of underlying issues that cripple progress: How do we ? Why is this ? The fill in the blank part of those questions is irrelevant. Oddly enough the answers and the solutions are equally irrelevant because there are millions of usable answers. How and why, when leaders or organizations are asking these two questions they are stuck on a plateau of success, or rather as the cliché says they have risen to their level of incompetence. Problem solving is an art and science to be sure. The art is to resolve quickly what the real issues are. The science is the tactical processes and methods to fix the problem. How when asked shows three problems. The first issue that asking How unravels is always a leadership issue. The second issue regarding How is a team structure or recruiting issue. The final issue surrounding asking How is a training issue. Why when asked unravels a completely different set of circumstances. These circumstances take a rather mature mind to resolve and often few consultants want anything to do with it. The issue of Why is always emotional quotient. When you ask Why, you ask it from a place of already reacting emotionally to the problem and your emotion is now in the way of solving it. The idea of the podcast is to impart some ways we have found to help teams and leaders solve some rather complicated problems. And the first issue with How, as pointed out, is a leadership issue. I didn’t use the word blame. Blame is for children and should always stay in a childish conversation. Or rather it is bomb in the world of politics to keep things unresolved. Blame will never resolve “how to” it will only make things worse. The fact that “How” is a leadership issue isn’t a blame point of view, it is a point of view to focus on the dynamic and foundation of the leader. A very effective leadership structure is to have a clear articulate Vision Statement, and precise mission statement, and have no more than three direct reports empowered to make decisions and execute. The reason how to is being asking is always because the leader isn’t clear on these three parts of leadership. And you can try this at home. Your vision statement needs to be 7 words or less. If it is longer than you will always be asking how the hell do we. Your mission statement needs to answer these three questions: What we do, When we do it, and Where we do it. The more precise, the quicker the team can deal with solving how to. The more flowery the wording, the more you let a lawyer put in jargon the less likely you are to succeed. The 3 direct reports is always the clear point of failure and always the underlying issue of why you are asking How do we ? If you want to be a great leader you simply must not have more than 3 direct reports. Actually you always must have exactly three: an organizer, a sales leader, and a financial leader. The second issue in Leaders asking how to is misalignment of teams and recruiting. Actually those two are the same bracket. Leaders who don’t form teams around specific markets who don’t know the advantage of target markets and teams always are faced with how do we grow or how do we solve the more problem. Recruiting is always tied to teaming and market teaming. Leaders must have it in their DNA to always be fighting to find the right person for their teams and markets. Always be recruiting and knowing what you are lo

13 MIN2019 NOV 25
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149. Solving the big problems of leadership

148. Success one mile at a time with Rob Steger

Ultra marathon running isn't hard if you are committed. Just committing when you cannot run is what is hard. Rob Steger committed to running ultra marathons before he could even run one mile without stopping. In four years he has accomplished elite status as one of the few to run the triple crown of ultra: three 200 mile races is 3 months. Learn the simple processes listen here

67 MIN2019 NOV 17
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148. Success one mile at a time with Rob Steger

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Health: What are you waiting for

The older I become the more I ask myself and others this question. What are you waiting for? It is the beginning of the year and for god’s sake the year is 2020 and 2020 implies clear vision so let’s not waste it. I know, I know you are waiting for something but that something will never come. School is in the way, injury is in the way, your spouse doesn’t support, you are too old or too young, you are too busy with a job or too busy finding a job. It is too cold outside. I get it. I was reading an article on American obesity this morning and it made me laugh. The next article was on how fewer Americans than ever before can pass the physical screening test to enter the military; that made cry. So, are you telling me the American public with all the money and opportunity and free access to how to be healthy is worse than ever before? Is that what you are telling me? I hope that got your attention like it did mine. Hey this is a new year so let’s all start where we are and get after health. Here is why. Because you can. Because your body and your health are the only things that follow you to the grave and the only thing you personally have complete ownership of. If you are a young kid between 13 and 18, here is what I suggest you can do every day, whether your school supports recess or gym or doesn’t for some odd reason, do 20 push-ups a day, 20 sit-ups, and 20 squats every single day. You don’t need any money or equipment or support and can do these exercises in your room. If you are really bold make sure you run, jog, or walk for 1 mile a day. Stop eating refined sugar even though all your friends do it and it takes really good. Point is that sugar makes you fat a lazy. The choice is yours. Make a good one. Opposite end of the age spectrum where all the money is wasted due to neglect. If you cannot stand for some reason due to bad knees or injured hips than put the remote in your hand and do as many bi-cep curls as you can, even if you can only do 10 your life will change if you do these every day. If you cannot get up, then tighten and loosen your belly muscles until you are warm, and they are tired. Move your shoulders around in circles until they are warm. I know they are stiff, and you feel old and broken but get to it what are you waiting for. Finally, drink more water even if you are on diuretics. Don’t waste away by none action and bad eats. The next group reflects the group in the obesity article. Men and women between 35-60 are fatter and in worse health than ever before. I don’t think that is true. I actually think the author was trying the meet a deadline to get paid. Yet, peeps, you all have nothing but excuses as to why you are not healthy. You are the one buying food and have the job you chose. If you are parents than you kids are watching and so are your grand kids. Drink 10 glasses of water a day. I dare you to be that healthy. I dare you. I further dare you to go to the gym or outside and workout for an hour a day doing anything that raises your heart rate to 140 beats a minute. Same as youth, do push-ups, sit-ups, and squats. What are you waiting for? Or sit there and get fat and do nothing. The final group is the oddest group of all. 18-35 years old. If you dedicated 90 minutes a day to your health and what you eat you would be responsible to changing the world. Your health costs would disappear. Insurance companies would hate you. Doctors would lose money if you as a group just worked out 90 minutes a day. It takes no money and little time to actually work out for 90 minutes and drink 10 glasses of water. 20% of this age group does this on a daily basis. So what are you really waiting for to be healthy? Is an injury the invite you want? Is the next size up the awakening? If a heart attack is needed there is one coming your way. Are you missing going on that adventure trip with kids or family because you just cannot anymore? Is that the kick in the pants needed? Take care of yourself every day. Don

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Lessons From 2019

Let’s all take a moment and look back at 2019. Specifically let’s all look at the things we learned. The older I get, and the more distance unfolds from my life in the SEAL teams the more humor I find in my day-to-day life. As I look back at 2019, I cannot help but laugh. I look at my life in five areas. Obviously, health is a big area and as I get older big is the operative word. The next area is work and accumulation of wealth. Ironically, the older I get the wiser my choices and the more opportunities I see and can act on. Another area of great value, at least to me, is the area of learning. This area is filled with infinite possibilities to once again learn lessons I could have learned as a child. Not so humorous realizing I am not as smart as I thought I was on a great many things. The final two areas are relationships and spiritual discovery. And you have to admit god has a sense of humor when you recognize “you get what you need and rarely what you want in either area”. So let’s acknowledge the lessons from health we learned, or at least let me share what I learned so that you can laugh: Ultra-marathon runners are not right in the head. They are excited to run a race even though they know they will throw up at least once. They are thrilled to see others laying on the side of the trail at mile 89 and often try to tell you “you are doing great” as you lay there trying to die in peace. At age 51 getting out of bed and walking to the kitchen could pass as a workout. Yoga is a four-letter word. Not to be used in the presence of young children. Be honest with yourself and recognize you will have to add two more months to the training plan that a 30 year old, highly ranked running coach gives you. The key lesson, learned in the SEAL teams, is still in play. Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast. And fast is slow. No matter how prepared you are there is a 30 year old 20 miles ahead of you who isn’t intimated by you or even concerned you want to kill him because he isn’t even breaking a sweat. The next series of lessons from 2019 is the acquisition of knowledge: At 51 you have forgotten more than most people younger than you even realize. The problem is you can no longer recall. Key lesson from childhood still applies, say thank you and people will help. Be a angry bitch and you are on your own. It is easier to learn something when you actually open the book and learn it, than it is to read the intro and suggest you got it. No matter how great a shot you were, each time you shoot is a new lesson that you have forgotten. So shoot more and talk about the past less. Dumb is a state of mind. You can learn anything if you are committed. Ask for help from people who are better than you and you will learn lessons you have yet to learn. Ask for help from people who are less and watch the how fast you waste your time and energy. This year in business has been tremendous. Let me caveat, that statement with it has been painfully lucrative. The lessons that were painful to learn are: Hustle makes you excited and tired. The wise business man hires a team of wolves. Only spend an hour of your day with existing business clients or engaged in things you are comfortable doing. If you aren’t fighting to get in front of 20 people a day than you may feel great but you are not going to win. Surround yourself with 5 people every day who are committed to pushing you in spite of your attitude. You can actually measure success by determining who the 5 people you hang with. Social media must be the only way to succeed? Texting is the only way to do deals. And everyone on you tube must be rich and sexy, and happy. Sadly, none of that is true and branding in social media is lucrative for the media company and pales in comparison to real human engagement. Every minute and every person is an opportunity. Once you see that to be true money is easy. Relationships are the fun area, and the lessons keep giving whether you are in the mood or not: Spend tim

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Start from Zero with Dane Maxwell

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Brotherhood of War with Monty Heath

Brotherhood of war exists between soldiers, sailors, airman, and marines throughout history. Navy SEALs go through a forming experience that immediately connects them to each other no matter the length of time between meetings. War and training for war would seem to be the defining connection, but the human experience is the real reason why SEALs always support each other. Monty Heath achieved great success and operated at SEAL Team Two and SEAL Team SIx. Follow Monty on instagram and facebook

85 MIN2019 DEC 23
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Brotherhood of War with Monty Heath

Forming a Team

Going it alone or forming a team. It often seems as if this decision is hard to make. The old adage regarding teams is real, “if you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far form a team”. Most go alone because they don’t have to explain themselves. Others go alone because it is easier and quicker to get to it in each of the areas. While many go alone because they fear failure.

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Forming a Team

151. Prime Leader Traits

We have entered a surreal world when people mix up the two prime leadership traits. Responsibility is an individual action trait. Accountability is what leaders have regarding the actions of others. No one is responsible to any other persons actions. We can only be held accountable if we made an agreement, or knew better, or once informed did nothing. But let me tell you as a leader never mix these two prime traits up or the environment around you becomes chaos or like Lord of the flies. So what happens when you mix them up or do these wrong. If somehow you let others convince you that you are responsible for the actions of someone else. Then the next horrifying virtual reality gets conjured up: it is called blame. Blame is the first fall of humans who are convinced responsibility is one to the other. The second terrifying fall is the mental condition you will convince yourself of when you screw up being responsible for your own actions. And that is entitlement or the condition it causes: lacking the deep knowledge that relentless practice is what you must do to better yourself. The third ill fated twist is when leaders don’t account for the actions of others. When the team screws something up, the ill fated leader looks at the person not the action. The count the person as the problem not the action and never correct the action through research, training, and adjusting. Fire the person and guarantee the next person will slip on the banana peel again. Ok what happens when the prime traits are handled correctly by leaders and individuals? People make mistakes then the person who made it stands up and fesses up no matter how gross the mistake. They make a new agreement and adjust to deal with the issue. No one blames anyone else and the team consolidates around the person and the problem and get back on it. Once you realize you are not entitled to anything at all, not even breathing or life then you get to work on bettering yourself and everything around you. You practice like it matters. You keep cleaning up spills, you keep adjusting you to the circumstance. Leaders start planning and considering actions required to succeed not personalities. Begin training people to do actions that is the key aspect. Alas it seems the opposite happens rather often. Violence is blamed on everyone else than the one who did the violent thing. Mom or dad is blamed. Cops are blamed. Leaders are blamed. The other driver is to blame. The dumbest thing I have ever heard is blaming violence on guns. Blame never resolves the incident from happening the first time or again and again. Everyone will hate me for saying but if you don’t want to get rid of violence first hold the one who done it responsible Then train everyone to carry a gun and know how to use it and what to do in the face of violence. We seem to pay too much attention to social media and often news. No one is entitled to money, a job, or being treated right, or a trophy or a job or a degree. No one deserves anything. And that is a good thing my friends. You will only get the thing you want when you practice and are relentless and earn it. Earn it works try it. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people that is just a truth. Different colored skin doesn’t mean you deserve a leg up or deserve to be beaten down. Just get to it. It literally takes 1000 attempts and anything to be an amateur. It takes 10,000 times to get to a point to decide if you are good or bad at it. It takes a life time to earn it. Blame is for the weak and down trodden and lost. Because blame doesn’t help anyone get better. Own up to every action you take the good and bad and missed opportunities are yours to be responsible for. Adjust and try again. Lead people to try again. Earn food, earn your clothes, earn first or last place, earn the love of your partner, don’t expect any of it.

12 MIN2019 DEC 9
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151. Prime Leader Traits

Disruption and Innovation

Disruption and Innovation Unbreakable Podcast is for people who want to rediscover their edge. I believe in the human ability to get off the X and regain the edge. It doesn’t matter how old, how many times you have won or lost, or how low you have become. I am committed to you getting your edge. Whether you are a leader, or on a team, or starting a business, or stuck after a success point there are two distinct efforts that will get you off the X again—disruption and innovation. Disruption and Innovation in a business environment always move you off the X; always move the needle. I want to share three stories about the twins of success so you can see the advantage. The first I find to be the most extraordinary and most common story in business. The story of how a new boss, either through a new equity purchase of the company and the injection of a new leader, or, a new leader rises up as the old one leaves. Experienced leaders, you know the ones who have turned bad situations around before, always cause disruption or innovate which causes disruptions. Innovation and disruption are twins you cannot have one without having the other. The disruptive leader has no preconceived ideas about what works and what doesn’t work. The disruptive leader interviews everyone with two questions in mind: what they do and what difference it makes to the organization. The initial period of interviews causes emotional disruption to the group. This is intentional but painful. The analysis of the people and their effect is needed but often brutal to witness and go through. The second is the analysis of the costs and revenue. I have to admit this effort over the past five years with organizations is truly an eye opener. Bleeding costs, hourly expenses that don’t directly cause increased revenue, and lack of simple activity to drive revenue are the most rampant gaps in most organizations. The gap analysis causes disruption due to exposing the truth. And, no one likes the truth for some reason. The third aspect is the correction. The correction disrupts the people and changes the costs and gets rid of people and things that don’t impact the organization. The third effort sets a new baseline. From this new baseline of people, activity, costs, and revenue comes Innovation. With a clean slate the new leader and the new culture can innovate processes, methods, technology. The process is simple but not easy. The second story is what happens in the SEAL teams on a weekly basis. In the teams, both the operational platoons and the training cadre ask three questions: Who is one point; what is working and not working; how far can we push the men and systems before they break. In the teams you intentionally cause disruption in order to cause innovation in techniques and technology. There is no other way to create and sustain high levels of performance. Intentional disruption and innovation is the culture of growth. When you look at people with the test of who is on or off, you only get one non-emotional answer. Performance is just what it is. You either can or you cannot demonstrate it. If you cannot you are not on point. If you can perform you stay if you cannot you go. When you ask what is working and what is not working, again, you have a non-emotional answer. This techniques works in this situation and not in others; or that technology works in this or that environment and not in those others. Point of fact, clear and simple! The disruption of pushing to limits is the way of life in the SEAL teams and very rare in business. I have yet to find the answer to why the disruptive life is not embraced in the business culture, when the clear outcome in the teams is so evident. At no point in time is there a training scenario that is winnable. No matter what happens things will fall apart or be pushed to breaking. Why? Because, training within limits makes you lie to yourself and to your team. Pushing to exhaustion is a truth. Using a tactic until in proves

14 MIN2019 DEC 2
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Disruption and Innovation

149. Solving the big problems of leadership

Solving the big problems. Moving into the week where we celebrate Thanks Giving, or Harvest or changing of the seasons or maybe just a time to say thank you to loved ones or for life in general, I want to address many questions and insights from a life spent training for war and training others in business for war. Maybe the insight will give you some peace during this week of saying thank you. I interview leaders every day either on the phone or in person, I also have spent the past 6 years training leaders to achieve results in areas they thought lost to them. These two questions illuminate a great deal of underlying issues that cripple progress: How do we ? Why is this ? The fill in the blank part of those questions is irrelevant. Oddly enough the answers and the solutions are equally irrelevant because there are millions of usable answers. How and why, when leaders or organizations are asking these two questions they are stuck on a plateau of success, or rather as the cliché says they have risen to their level of incompetence. Problem solving is an art and science to be sure. The art is to resolve quickly what the real issues are. The science is the tactical processes and methods to fix the problem. How when asked shows three problems. The first issue that asking How unravels is always a leadership issue. The second issue regarding How is a team structure or recruiting issue. The final issue surrounding asking How is a training issue. Why when asked unravels a completely different set of circumstances. These circumstances take a rather mature mind to resolve and often few consultants want anything to do with it. The issue of Why is always emotional quotient. When you ask Why, you ask it from a place of already reacting emotionally to the problem and your emotion is now in the way of solving it. The idea of the podcast is to impart some ways we have found to help teams and leaders solve some rather complicated problems. And the first issue with How, as pointed out, is a leadership issue. I didn’t use the word blame. Blame is for children and should always stay in a childish conversation. Or rather it is bomb in the world of politics to keep things unresolved. Blame will never resolve “how to” it will only make things worse. The fact that “How” is a leadership issue isn’t a blame point of view, it is a point of view to focus on the dynamic and foundation of the leader. A very effective leadership structure is to have a clear articulate Vision Statement, and precise mission statement, and have no more than three direct reports empowered to make decisions and execute. The reason how to is being asking is always because the leader isn’t clear on these three parts of leadership. And you can try this at home. Your vision statement needs to be 7 words or less. If it is longer than you will always be asking how the hell do we. Your mission statement needs to answer these three questions: What we do, When we do it, and Where we do it. The more precise, the quicker the team can deal with solving how to. The more flowery the wording, the more you let a lawyer put in jargon the less likely you are to succeed. The 3 direct reports is always the clear point of failure and always the underlying issue of why you are asking How do we ? If you want to be a great leader you simply must not have more than 3 direct reports. Actually you always must have exactly three: an organizer, a sales leader, and a financial leader. The second issue in Leaders asking how to is misalignment of teams and recruiting. Actually those two are the same bracket. Leaders who don’t form teams around specific markets who don’t know the advantage of target markets and teams always are faced with how do we grow or how do we solve the more problem. Recruiting is always tied to teaming and market teaming. Leaders must have it in their DNA to always be fighting to find the right person for their teams and markets. Always be recruiting and knowing what you are lo

13 MIN2019 NOV 25
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149. Solving the big problems of leadership

148. Success one mile at a time with Rob Steger

Ultra marathon running isn't hard if you are committed. Just committing when you cannot run is what is hard. Rob Steger committed to running ultra marathons before he could even run one mile without stopping. In four years he has accomplished elite status as one of the few to run the triple crown of ultra: three 200 mile races is 3 months. Learn the simple processes listen here

67 MIN2019 NOV 17
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148. Success one mile at a time with Rob Steger
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