#051- Interview with JP Dinnell from Echelon Front

JP Dinnell is a former Navy SEAL and currently the Director of Tactical Training Programs for Echelon Front, the leadership consulting company started by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, co-authors of the New York Times Best Seller Extreme Ownership.

I met JP in New York while attending Muster 002 in May 2017, the leadership conference put on by Echelon Front. We talked then about him coming on the podcast and have been trying to get it scheduled since then. In the mean time, JP has become increasingly busy with Echelon Front.

Needless to say, I feel very fortunate to be able to have hooked up with him for this interview.

Listen in as we cover:

  • How JP overcame a speech impediment to become an international speaker and business consultant
  • What JP feels leadership is truly based in
  • What it actually means to “take care of someone”
  • How JP caught Jocko’s attention and got assigned to be a leader in his platoon even though he had less time in, was less experienced, and less qualified than other people
  • The story behind JP being award a Silver Star with Valor (It will make you feel good to be human)

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#050-SMART Goals are Stupid. Dumb Goals are Better

This time of year you will hear a lot about goal setting. If you are listening to anyone talk about goal setting, it means you are probably not successful at goal setting. If you were you wouldn’t be listening.

If you are successful at achieving goals, then don’t waste your time listening to anything else on goal setting, including this podcast.

But if you have not had a good run when it comes to setting goals, maybe it’s because they way you’ve been taught to set and achieve goals isn’t right for you.

Most people who talk about goals use the SMART goals framework. And most people who try to set and attain SMART goals don’t get the results they want.

This is why I say SMART goals are stupid. But I realized I had been following a different goal setting system that I call DUMB goals.

Listen in to find out why SMART goals are stupid and dumb goals are better.

#048-Four Differences Between Teaching and Instructing

Many people use the words teacher and instructor interchangeably. I do too. I’m not too concerned with what word you use, but in this show, I use those two words to describe two different types of trainers. I greatly prefer to learn from and be one over the other. Listen in to see which is better and why.

#047-A Key Ingredient to Leadership

I was listening to a podcast the other day and heard the phrase “Executive Presence”. For some reason, it peaked my curiosity so I looked it up. I’m glad I did. In this episode I’ll share with you what Executive Presence is, and why I was so glad to come across this concept.

#044-The “Burden” of Command

I often hear leaders and managers talk about “The Burden of Command.”

I’m not sure I know what that is. I’ve had more opportunities to be “in charge” (for lack of a better word) of things lately, and kept waiting for this “Burden” to arrive, but it hasn’t.

I’m not sure that there is any more a “Burden of Command” than there is a “Burden of the Commanded.”

I’m curious to hear from you about this.

#042- Are You Good?

You can be good, or you can get better. But you can’t do both at the same time.

We all have a choice to make. Are we going to be satisfied with our current capabilities, and do everything in our power to make sure nothing changes? Or are we going to expose ourselves to the risks involved in getting better?

Many times we say we want to get better, but the truth is we are perfectly satisfied with the way things are. In this show, we are going to talk about some of the signs that indicate you would rather be good than get better

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