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146 Keep Calm & Carry on w/ Security Expert Morgan Wright

146 Keep Calm & Carry on Security Expert w/Morgan Wright

Today, we have Security Guru Morgan Wright, a distinguished professional in law enforcement and an internationally recognized expert on cybersecurity, cyberterrorism, and privacy. We talk all things security: how to deal with fear, scams, self-defense and most importantly why Morgan is optimistic about our future. This is a fantastic dialogue!

Morgan Wright

We have conversed with Morgan several times in the past. He talked about Security in episode 84. He was known for his landmark testimony before Congress on Healthcare.gov that changed how the government collected personally identifiable information.

On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs

Morgan shares about Dave Grossman, an author who has written excellent books and theory on warfare and mindset. Dave, in his writing, says that in every society there are 3 kinds of people: there are sheep, there are wolves and there are sheepdogs.

“If you’re a sheep, that’s okay, but recognize you’re a sheep.If you are a sheepdog, that’s the only thing that stands between the sheep and the wolves. Less than 1% of the population in the US, whether its the military or firefighters, says I will stand up and be that sheepdog.” Morgan Wright on Dave Grossman’s Writing

However, Morgan believes that when the time is ripe, many “sheeps” are willing to step up and become “sheepdogs.” He narrates how several life-changing events that happened in the US changed the mindset of Americans. Those are the 9/11 attack, Hurricanes, and others. 

“Just when we think we have been tested, nature has its own way of testing you again.” – Morgan Wright

Keep Calm & Carry On

Morgan further shares some insights on how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. He stresses the importance of keeping calm. He says that there is no amount of panic that can change the situation. In fact, it worsens the current situation.

He also shares about expecting nothing and accepting everything. He also quotes Teddy Roosevelt saying “do what you can, with who you are, with what you have.”

To hear more about Morgan Wright, how to deal with fear, scams, self-defense and most importantly why Morgan is optimistic about our future, download and listen to this episode. 

Bio:

Morgan is an internationally recognized expert on cybersecurity strategy, cyberterrorism, identity theft and privacy. 

He is President and Chief Development Officer for RadiusAI. 

He currently serves as a Senior Fellow at The Center for Digital Government, and is a national security opinion contributor to TheHill.com. 

Morgan’s landmark testimony before Congress on Healthcare.gov changed how the government collected personally identifiable information. 

He’s made hundreds of appearances on national news, radio, print and web including CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, ABC, NPR, NBC and more. Previously Morgan was a Senior Advisor in the US State Department Antiterrorism Assistance Program and Senior Law Enforcement Advisor for the 2012 Republican National Convention. In addition to 18 years in state and local law enforcement as a highly decorated state trooper and detective, Morgan has developed solutions in defense, justice and intelligence for the largest technology companies in the world including SAIC, Unisys, Alcatel-Lucent and Cisco. 

He’s a contributing author for the 4th Edition Computer Security Handbook, and has been quoted in 2 New York Times best sellers (Sharyl Attkisson: Stonewalled and Carmine Gallow: Talk Like TED). 

Links:

Morgan Wright

Blog – Morgan Wright

Linkedin – Morgan Wright

Twitter: @morganwright_us 

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142 Extreme Life, Extraordinary Meaning w/ Marine Combat Vet Akshay Nanavati

142 Extreme Life, Extraordinary Meaning w/ Marine Combat Vet Akshay Nanavati

Welcome to an amazing episode with Combat Veteran and US Marine Akshay Nanavati. He’s a speaker, entrepreneur, ultra runner, non-profit founder and best selling author.

We have a stunning conversation about why overcoming extraordinary challenges is the key to a successful life, why we should all pick worthy struggles and the power of “earning your life.” Further, we also touch on why the most important skill is having a positive relationship to suffering and so much more.

Body Not Built For Combat

Standing at 5”7’and weighing just 138 pounds, Akshay enlisted himself to join the Marines. He was a druggie and an alcoholic at the time when he watched the movie Black Hawk Down. It triggered something within him and in a snap, he found himself reading military books and life in combat genres.

It was also shortly after the 9/11 tragedy that moved him and made him ask question himself. 

“What kind of human beings would knowingly put themselves in a situation like that and sacrifice their lives for somebody else?” – Akshay Nanavati

True Calling To Serve

Akshay sharest to Christopher that he felt at that time that he was called to serve. Nothing can stop him, even his pre-existing conditions such as depression, self-destructive tendencies, blood disorder, scoliosis, flat footedness and much more. 

“It took me about a year and a half to take in all these medical waivers, but that was the turning point. That is why I wanted to join, to serve an institution where the good of the group matters more than you, the well being of the group. You serve for the people next to you and everything is your men and the mission and that’s beautiful.” – Akshay Nanavati

Experiencing Humanity at Extremes

Akshay shares his inner desire to go back in his previous assignment because there was something intriguing, unusual and beautiful when you experience humanity in its most extreme form. 

“I mean, part of it is an addictive thing, part of it, you cannot experience and understand and taste the human experience at its fullest, unless you  experience it at the most extremes.” – Akshay Nanavati

His experiences led him to write his book, Fearvana. The Dalai Lama endorsed his book, saying “Fearvana inspires us to look beyond our own agonizing experiences and find the positive side of our lives.” 

To hear more on Akshay’s thoughts on self-development like: “follow your passion” and more about his book, Fearvana, download and listen to this episode. 

Bio:

Akshay Nanavati (born October 15, 1984) is a United States Marine veteran, speaker, entrepreneur, ultra runner and author. 

He served in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and was later diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder. His book Fearvana was endorsed by the Dalai Lama and Jack Canfield.

Links:

Fearvana

Twitter: @fearvanalife

Instagram: @fearvana

Wikipedia: Akshay Navati

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141 The Real DEA Narcos Javier Peña & Steve Murphy Part 2

141 The Real DEA Narcos Javier Peña & Steve Murphy Part 2

Welcome to part two of our dialogue with the real DEA Narcos Javier Peña and Steve Murphy. These are the two real American heroes who partnered with Colombian Law Enforcement to take down the world’s 1st Narco Terrorist, Pablo Escobar, and their story is the basis for the Netflix smash hit Narcos.

In this second episode, you hear the conclusion of how Murph and Javier bring Escobar to justice. We also dig into their thoughts on leadership, management, and life.

The End of Pablo Escobar

In this riveting conversation, we hear about how Murph and Javier bring Pablo Escobar to his end. They were honest enough to say it was a story of revenge, especially thinking about how many innocent people were killed, some are personal friends of the two .

Javier further recounted what transpired the moment Pablo got out of prison in 1991. They had a bounty of 5 million USD to take him down. Eventually, through the initiatives of the Columbian National Police, Pablo Escobar faced his death. 

“If you watch the show Narcos, the part that I was on the roof when Pablo was killed, that’s not true, that’s Hollywood. That night, we were expecting retaliation attacks because of the death of Pablo. It was the quietest night I have even spent. I mean, there was nothing. It was quiet. The next day, Javier was back in the country.” – Steve Murphy

Narcos Netflix Series

Javier and Murph, in all of their appearances, wants to get the record straight that the Columbian National Police was the one who took down Pablo Escobar. The two also share how some of the scenes in Narcos were made dramatic. There were a lot of fictional events that were added to the stories to appeal to the audiences. 

It was surely effective because the show was embraced not only in the US but in Europe, Australia, Asia and even in Latin America. 

“The writers, directors are phenomenal. They are extremely intelligent. When I get to the writer’s room at Hollywood to work with them, they had a library of books there. I thought I knew everything about Escobar and the cartel, they had books that I never even heard of.” Javier Pena

On Leadership and More

Javier and Murph had some interesting thoughts on life, leadership and more. For instance, Javier shared the importance of going on the field and listening to the field men who report their surveillance first hand. 

“When I retired, one of my men says, ‘Boss, I respected you because you went on the field with us’ even though I’m in the background.” Javier Pena

To hear more about the real DEA narcos Javier Pena and Steve Murphy, download and listen to this episode.

Bio:

You may have seen TV shows and documentaries, or read books about the world’s wealthiest, and most violent drug trafficker, but now you have the opportunity to hear the real story of what happened in the investigation of Pablo Escobar and the Medellin Cartel.

DEA special agents Javier Peña and Steve Murphy were assigned as the lead investigators targeting Escobar and his organization.

These true American heroes provide a first-hand lesson in history as they discuss their efforts bringing down the world’s first narco-terrorist, the challenges they faced in oftentimes hostile and life-threatening environments, and the innovative strategies they employed to successfully end the reign of terror of the world’s most wanted criminal.

Their presentation is followed by a Q&A opportunity during which Javier and Steve will entertain questions related to their investigation, the making of Narcos, what history changing investigation is next for them, and more.

Links:

DEA Narcos

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141 The Real DEA Narcos Javier Peña & Steve Murphy Part 1

141 The Real DEA Narcos Javier Peña & Steve Murphy Part 1

Welcome to our super, special two-part dialogue with the real DEA Narcos Javier Peña and Steve Murphy. In this first episode, they take us behind the scenes of how they came together, from the US to Columbia, and worked for six years, to get Pablo Escobar.

We learn, what it feels like to have a $300,000 bounty on your head and how they dealt with the emotional ups and downs of this long-term, often very lonely and of course extraordinarily dangerous mission.

Street Deals to Cartels

Javier and Steve are two real American heroes who partnered with Colombian Law Enforcement to take down the world’s 1st Narco Terrorist, Pablo Escobar. Their story is actually the basis for the Netflix smash hit Narcos.

Javier recounts how he used to work in Austin Texas, where he runs after street dealers. From street buys to surveillance, he never expected he will be sent to Columbia. It has been months before their superiors transferred them to handle the cartels and Pablo Escobar. 

“Pablo Escobar is one of the richest traffickers in the world. He built his empire on terrorism, on violence and its something we had never seen before. This is why we weren’t really ready when we started going after Escobar, cause we had never seen this type of tactics before.” – Javier Peña

Narcoterrorism 

Javier and Steve recounted this different kind of terrorism that promulgated in Columbia. Pablo Escobar had orchestrated car bombs, which ranged from 10-15 a day which slowly escalated to 50 per day. 

“He wanted to kill as many innocent people as he could because this was his fight against Columbia. We try to explain that he challenged his country and we like to say that he actually won.” Steve Murphy

He also had a bounty on the head of police officers. In fact, the DEA agents caught a 15-year old hitman who shot 10 police officers. The kid took home 100 USD per police officer he kills and he was able to feed and provide shelter to his impoverished family. 

More on this episode

Listen to how Murph and Javier had to bend and break the rules and why they think the courage of the Colombian people and why they think their partners in Colombian Law Enforcement ate the “real heroes.” You’re also going to hear in their voices, the powerful bond, and friendship that has developed between them.

In part two, you’ll hear the dramatic conclusion of how they ultimately brought Escobar to justice. We also dig into their life and leadership lessons. We touch on their book, Manhunters and their lives today as public speakers and teachers.

To hear more about the real DEA narcos Javier Pena and Steve Murphy, download and listen to this episode.

Bio:

You may have seen TV shows and documentaries, or read books about the world’s wealthiest, and most violent drug trafficker, but now you have the opportunity to hear the real story of what happened in the investigation of Pablo Escobar and the Medellin Cartel.

DEA special agents Javier Peña and Steve Murphy were assigned as the lead investigators targeting Escobar and his organization.

These true American heroes provide a first-hand lesson in history as they discuss their efforts bringing down the world’s first narco-terrorist, the challenges they faced in oftentimes hostile and life-threatening environments, and the innovative strategies they employed to successfully end the reign of terror of the world’s most wanted criminal.

Their presentation is followed by a Q&A opportunity during which Javier and Steve will entertain questions related to their investigation, the making of Narcos, what history changing investigation is next for them, and more.

Links:

DEA Narcos

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084 Security w/ Morgan Wright

084 Security w/Morgan Wright

Today’s fun, informative and somewhat terrifying conversation is with Morgan Wright, Senior Advisor in the US State Department on Antiterrorism. Wright, with 18 years of state and local law enforcement experience, shares pressing stories about China, AI and what Russia did with data from FaceApp and some valuable information about quantum encryption.

An uptight, drill sergeant, with no personality…NOT!

Morgan Wright has 18 years of background with law enforcement and is a National Security opinion writer at TheHill.com. Hundreds of television interviews about security featured Morgan. New York Times best-of selling author has quoted him as well.

He had a background with behavioral assessment and damage assessment⁠—which span from different areas of security such as bomb threats, espionage and illegal importation of dangerous drugs. Amidst these descriptions, one would expect that he is an uptight, drill sergeant with no personality, but he is definitely not. 

What’s up with Russian FaceApp?

In our previous episode with Tom Siebel, he quoted in his book a statement from Vladimir Putin, which reads “AI is the future, not only for Russia but for all humankind. Whoever becomes a leader of this sphere becomes the ruler of the world.” 

Wright agreed with Lochhead on this quote. He said there are two things the U.S. Security is worried about now. The first one is the impact of AI and machine learning and what it can do with this information. The second one is the offensive capability of what is going on with Google, Microsoft, and China and Russia, where they are building their versions of Robocops.  

“I started looking out for deepfakes not so long ago, not for this Scarlett Johansson and how you make porn stuff out of it. What if, I can show a video that appeared to be the Commanding General telling his troops to “stand down, hold on a minute” just long enough for one of our adversaries to launch a strategic attack against us.” – Morgan Wright 

More Security Threat

Wright discusses the real impact AIfrom a psychological standpoint, distant information standpoint and kinetic standpoint. He further tells us facts about quantum encryption and what makes it troubling for national security. 

“We now have to worry about our troops having to fight armies that are supplied with technology by American companies.” – Morgan Wright

To hear more about security issues and more relevant information from Morgan, download and listen to the episode.

Bio: 

Internationally community recognizes Morgan as an expert on cybersecurity strategy, cyberterrorism, identity theft, and privacy.

He is President and Chief Development Officer for RadiusAI.

He currently serves as a Senior Fellow at The Center for Digital Government. In addition

, he is a national security opinion contributor to TheHill.com.

Morgan’s landmark testimony before Congress on Healthcare.gov changed how the government collected personally identifiable information.

He appeared in hundreds of interviews on national news, radio, print, and web. These include CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, ABC, NPR, NBC and more. Previously, Morgan was a Senior Advisor in the US State Department Antiterrorism Assistance Program. He is also a Senior Law Enforcement Advisor for the 2012 Republican National Convention.

In addition to 18 years in state and local law enforcement, Morgan has developed solutions in defense, justice, and intelligence for the largest technology companies in the world including SAIC, Unisys, Alcatel-Lucent and Cisco.

He’s a contributing author for the 4th Edition Computer Security Handbook. He has been quoted in 2 New York Times bestsellers⁠—Sharyl Attkisson: Stonewalled and Carmine Gallow: Talk Like TED.

Links:

Website – Morgan Wright

Blog 

Linkedin – Morgan Wright

Twitter: @morganwright_us 

America’s Enigma problem with China: The threat of quantum computing, TheHill.com

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079 The Power of Unstructured Conversations w/ Podcaster Eric Hunley

The Power of Unstructured Conversations w/ Podcaster Eric Hunley

This is a great episode, with a great guy Eric Hunley, a fellow podcaster and host of Unstructured. He shares his learnings and insights from his guests—whose backgrounds range from FBI, military and law enforcement to entrepreneurs, authors, and thinkers.   

The Unstructured Podcast

Eric Hunley hosts the podcast Unstructured. Although he is well-known for his unstructured-style interview, he admits that he does a lot of research beforehand. Further, he leads the guest to a path by asking triggering questions. 

“By triggering, it’s not to get them upset per se. I wanna know what their passion is, what makes them tick, why they do certain things, I want them to be excited.” – Eric Hunley

Crime and Investigation Podcast Guests

Eric shares some very interesting (and disturbing for some) stories about his guests with a background in military and law enforcement. In particular, his upcoming guest is an ex-FBI agent. He used to handle bombs but then crossed over into the behavioral analysis unit, with a focus on sex crimes.

“He’s gone into a bit about repressed memories and how things can be planted, and things of that sort and cognitive biases and persuasion and influence and things like that, that fits my interests.” – Eric Hunley on his guest at Unstructured

Eric and Christopher shared their common interests with crime and investigation stories. Moreover, they agreed that people have a lurid fascination with monsters—whether fictional or real-life psychopath and serial killers.

“There’s a Southern Californian Daycare, where 300 children were all molested inside tunnels under the schools. Its part of a satanic worship group.” Eric Hunley, as he recounts one of his guest’s stories in his podcast, Unstructured

Dealing with Authors and Entrepreneurs

Eric shares his experiences conversing with authors and entrepreneurs. He admits he has a hard time closing conversations, especially when the guest has a very interesting story.  Christopher shares in response to Eric, that there is a natural arc of conversations, even the sh*tty ones.

“Sh*tty conversations are probably when one or both sides have an agenda. Were not into talking points. I am probably, ironically, a little more interviewing than you are, but still conversational.” -Eric Hunley

Both also exchanged their preparation in dealing with authors and entrepreneurs, which is actually reading their books. 

When you actually read the book, you can get an insight into their personality or the message, that is deeper. A lot of times they get blown away by insightful questions. If I can, I do get that stuff out early. When the guest knows you care or give a shit about then, then it becomes a conversation. -Eric Hunley

To hear more about unstructured conversations and more relevant information from Eric, download and listen to the episode.

BIO:

“Eric Hunley is forging his path in unstructured interview-style podcasts, as the host of the Unstructured Podcast.

It is no surprise that fellow podcasters follow this formula in podcasting.

The unstructured podcast sources a gambit of unique podcast guests, who are based all around the globe.

Eric Hunley has created well over a hundred interview styled podcasts in less than nine months.

His unrelenting professionalism, detail orientated research, and smooth delivery as a host serves as an inspiration to many.

New podcasters and seasoned professionals often seek out his knowledge and advice when it comes to the business of podcasting.

Eric’s previous experience as an instructor at the University of Arizona has helped cement his reputation as an educator.

His position opened many doors for him and has begun to lead to further speaking opportunities. He often draws on his many years of experience as an athlete, marathon runner, coach, and university lecturer.

Eric Hunley is predominantly self-taught and he understands that his students have the ability to absorb any skill with the right kind of guidance.

As such he is beginning to mentor new podcasters who are looking to get on the fast track so that they can successfully build their podcasting careers.

He has also been developing the systems and frameworks needed to deliver a fully comprehensive interview podcast and fast-tracking the guest research process.

Eric Hunley is the author of three books and is currently working on his fourth book. The book is titled “Interview Podcasting: Find Your Voice and Increase Your Authority.”

You can find a list of shows that feature Eric Hunley’s podcast appearances here.

Eric Hunley is married to Leslie Smail and lives in Hampton, Virginia, USA

Links:

Unstructured Podcast

Twitter: @UnstructuredP

Facebook Groups: Unstructured

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194: Morgan Wright What Parents Should Know, Cyber Security & How to Avoid Scams

How does the digital world affect political climate? Is Facebook really on top of election hacking and private data compromise? In today’s episode, Morgan Wright sits with Christopher Lochhead to break down influence and interference, how to avoid scams, and social media’s effects on teenage suicide.

“The difference between interference and influence determines how we respond to what happened.” – Morgan Wright

Three Things We Learned

    Interference is a violation of sovereignty

There are 50 nation states in the US. With this comes the many voting systems that can make it pretty difficult to ensure that no voter fraud happens come election time. But since there has been no recorded voter fraud, there is technically no instance of a nation-state acting against the US, and therefore no interference.

    Influence is a valid national objective of a nation state

Influence operations have gone on since time immemorial. The most obvious example is the effort to stop the spread of communism in the Western Hemisphere. However, influence has only recently become a hot topic in this digital age thanks to the massive amount of data shared through social media platforms.

    Russia’s had a hundred-year head start in running influence operations

Reports of Russia’s efforts of compromising information to run their influence operations date as far back as 2015. But it wasn’t until a bunch of kids were able to access classified information that Facebook was tossed into hot water. This dissonance shows how truly behind the US is in all this.

Hacking has always been a threat and a potential tool to use against humanity. But then there’s also fake news, the generation and spreading of disinformation, which influences people’s mindset. Psychological warfare pits people against each other and divides even the biggest nations and most thriving of economies, and the US is no exception.

Bio:

Morgan is an internationally recognized expert on cybersecurity strategy, cyberterrorism, identity theft and privacy.

He is President and Chief Development Officer for RadiusAI.

He currently serves as a Senior Fellow at The Center for Digital Government and is a national security opinion contributor to TheHill.com.

Morgan’s landmark testimony before Congress on Healthcare.gov changed how the government collected personally identifiable information.

He’s made hundreds of appearances on national news, radio, print and web including CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, ABC, NPR, NBC and more. Previously Morgan was a Senior Advisor in the US State Department Antiterrorism Assistance Program and Senior Law Enforcement Advisor for the 2012 Republican National Convention. In addition to 18 years in state and local law enforcement as a highly decorated state trooper and detective, Morgan has developed solutions in defense, justice and intelligence for the largest technology companies in the world including SAIC, Unisys, Alcatel-Lucent and Cisco.

He’s a contributing author for the 4th Edition Computer Security Handbook, and has been quoted in 2 New York Times bestsellers (Sharyl Attkisson: Stonewalled and Carmine Gallow: Talk Like TED).

Links:

https://radiusai.com

https://www.morganwright.us

Twitter:

@morganwright_us

174 Matt Cubbler – A Cop Who is Serving, Protecting and Creating

Matt Cubbler A Cop Who is Serving, Protecting & Creating Legends and Losers

How does a series of events impacting both national and personal history shape a person’s life? In today’s episode, Matt Cubbler shares with Christopher Lochhead the story of how he became not only a decorated officer of the Army, a cop, a public speaker, but also a COO. By the end of their conversation, his tale of struggle and triumph will leave you changed.

“It will always be about working on the gray. You have to live in the gray. It can’t be black and white.” – Matt Cubbler on the paradoxical life of an officer

Three Things We Learned

    Some naughty teenagers end up in service

Quite the entrepreneur back in high school, Matt used to profit off ghostwritten term papers on books his customers weren’t aware he never read in full. He forged signatures of teachers for hall passes at two dollars apiece. Despite his budding skill set that is the completely removed from his eventual career path, service for the country called him and he even became an Air Marshal following the 9/11 terror.

    Curiosity kills, satisfaction revives

His heart has always been in the right place, but Matt relished the insights he gained from his stints that capitalized on actively being part of “the other side.” He wanted to know what it was like, what it felt like for people who conned and benefited financially from doing something that seemed so easy, repercussions notwithstanding. Getting arrested was the turning point, when the long-term “high” of wanting to do and doing good finally registered and became his purpose.

    Our past actions don’t have to become us

As if by some stroke of genius, fate laid the greatest irony in Matt’s life by making his arresting officer the same person who would eventually help him land his first job as a law enforcer. This cop made him identify the good in him, and guided him to open up to it. By being under his tutelage, Matt was able to fully grasp the truth that his deeds back in high school will never become him.

Matt will have to swallow a lot more truth pills through the course of his life. But all these will be part of who he is at present, a man dedicated to service, to doing good, and inspiring others to become the legends they’re meant to be.

Matt Cubbler
http://www.mattcubbler.com

038: Lead Like A Navy Seal: Chris Fussell On How To Empower Teams With One Mission

The secret of success in war time is our ability to communicate rapidly and create shared consciousness, and this also applies to business. How can you create this mindset among everyone in an organization? How did 9/11 change the military? What are the new levels of understanding the military needs? On this episode, we are joined by McChrystal Group partner, Chris Fussell, who gives insights into these questions.

The best senior leaders are the ones that are willing to admit that no single individual can handle the complexity of this world. -Chris Fussell

Takeaways

    1. The military has had to understand the magnitude of the changes that came with the information age.
    1. All the great leaders we put on pedestals have a dark side.
    Ask yourself how fast can you maneuver your big enterprise at peak speed.

At the start of the show, Chris shared how he got into the military, being inspired by his grandfather and father. He also shared how tough military training is, and why it has a lot to do with weeding people out. Next, we talked about how wrestling connects to MMA fighting and he also shared how the military changed after 9/11. Chris also shared what it’s like to be married while you’re on active duty, as well as how the military wasn’t prepared for the information age. We also discussed the work The McChrystal Group does, and towards the end of the show, we talked McGregor/Mayweather fight predictions.

Chris also spoke about;

    • The importance of balance, strength, endurance, and physical readiness in the military
    • The power of operating as a high performance team
    • The secret of success in war time
    How to be a servant leader

In the world we’re living in today, the rule books for solutions to the biggest problems can’t keep up with how fast the problems evolve. For leaders to succeed in this environment, it’s important to admit this complexity and then close the gap between optimal performance, and how fast these new networked problems can move. Sustainable success is about how fast the solutions occur. The best leaders are constantly coming in underneath the organization and staying on their feet to solve these new problems.

Guest Bio

Chris Fussell is a Partner at McChrystal Group, where he heads up the McChrystal Group Leadership Institute. Chris is an author of the 2015 New York Times bestseller, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World. Chris was commissioned as a Naval Officer in 1997, and spent the next 15 years on US Navy SEAL Teams, leading SEAL elements in combat zones around the globe. From war-torn Kosovo, to counter-terrorism operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, to highly specialized efforts in the troubled areas of the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa, he experienced and led through the modern evolution of the US military’s Special Operations community, first on SEAL Teams Two and Eight, then in the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. Find him on LinkedIn LinkedIn.com/in/Christopher-Fussell-56947a32