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Leadership is a profession that is easy to learn. Hard to master. 


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#64: Never Enough with Mike Hayes

Mike Hayes is the former commanding officer of SEAL Team TWO and the author of “Never Enough.” He was a White House Fellow and subsequently Chief Operating Officer at Ray Dalio's hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates.  He currently serves as the Chief Digital Transformation Officer at VMware. He was held...

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#63: Jump Off the Mountain with Alok Chanani

EXPLICIT EPISODE: If you have kids in the car, we hope you’ll choose another. Army combat vet and VC-backed entrepreneur Alok Chanani talks about leadership lessons from the warzone to the board room.  Alok led a critical team carrying duffle bags of cash in helicopters and humvees around Iraq...

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There are two kinds of boredom, but only one is good for you 🙂 Hat tip to Maria Popova at Brainpickings, who writes frequently about the benefits of boredom in general. Highly recommend her site! This episode is part of the 4 Minutes Underwater series (4MUW). notes The Joy...

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  • What’s your pain discount rate?

    Poked and prodded I love Persian accents. They’re unique and pleasant to the ear (at least for me). Hard to replicate.  I was at the doctor’s yesterday. Young guy. Friendly. Persian. Four needles were staring back at me. Waiting patiently to fulfill their destinies.  “How do you handle these?” he asks.  “Generally you put the...

  • Questioning the ‘five-people’ advice of Jim Rohn

    The first time I showed up, he did this thing with his arms across the room. Each one was raised up, horizontal at his side, fingers outstretched. He just left them there. Big smile on his face.

    He wanted a hug.

  • Builder vs. Artist

    The distinction is harder than you think “I’m a builder. I like to build things.” She says this with an impressive resume and a glowing smile. The smile is genuine, but she might as well be the cat who swallowed the canary. I as the interviewer am supposed to like to hear things like this....