33 – Pete Hegseth: CEO of Concerned Veterans for America

Pete HegsethPete Hegseth serves as Chief Executive Officer for Concerned Veterans for America, overseeing all areas of the organization and driving the overall messaging and strategic direction. Prior to joining CVA, Hegseth was Executive Director for Vets for Freedom from 2007-2011, where he grew the organization to over 95,000 members.

An infantry officer in the Army National Guard, Hegseth recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan, where he was an instructor at the Counterinsurgency Training Center in Kabul. Pete previously served in Iraq with the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division for their 2005-2006 deployment, serving as an infantry Platoon Leader in Baghdad in 2005, and as a Civil-Military Operations officer in Samarra in 2006. He also served in Guantanamo Bay for a year with his National Guard unit. Pete holds two Bronze Stars and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his time in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Hegseth frequently appears on TV and radio and has made hundreds of television appearances on Fox NewsCNN, and MSNBC.  His columns have appeared in the Wall Street JournalWashington Post,and New York Post.  Hegseth is a regular contributor to National Review Online and Military.com.  He is a Senior Fellow at the Center of the American Experiment and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations

Pete graduated from Princeton University in 2003 and is currently finishing a master’s program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Highlights of This Podcast:

  • Pete discusses the importance of remembering the 10-year anniversary of the Iraq War and our “Legacy of Resolve”.
  • Learn about the differences between the political battle of the war versus the actual tactical reality on the front.
  • Learn Pete’s leadership lessons before the war and how certain leadership truths were cemented after the war.
  • Learn how we can support moral & political courage in today’s chaotic political environment.

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32 – Penelope Trunk: Brazen Careerist Founder

Peneople TrunkPenelope Trunk is the co-founder of Brazen Careerist, a career management tool for next-generation professionals. Penelope also has an outstanding website/blog (penelopetrunk.com) where she gives all kinds of valuable advice; she explains why old advice – like pay your dues, climb the ladder, and don’t have gaps in your resume – is outdated and irrelevant in today’s workplace. She has a reputation for giving advice that is counterintuitive but effective, like take long lunches, ignore people who steal your ideas, and stop vying for a promotion.

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Trunk is known for test-driving her advice before spewing it. Her own career choices have been featured by TIME magazine and the London Guardian as examples of the new issues people face at work today. Both the New York Times and Business Week cited Trunk’s writing as especially in tune with this new workplace. In her personal life, Trunk routinely (often awkwardly) demonstrates buzzwords before they buzz, like the quarterlife crisis, portfolio career, and shared-care parenting.

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She is the author of three books Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success, The New American Dream: A Blueprint for a New Path to Success, & The Power of Mentors: The Guide to Finding and Learning from Your Ideal Mentor.

Trunk spent ten years as a marketing executive in the software industry and then she founded two companies of her own. She has endured an IPO, a merger and a bankruptcy. Prior to that she was a professional beach volleyball player.

Trunk started writing business advice when Fortune magazine published an open call for a woman to write about her own life as an executive. Trunk auditioned with a piece about her brother’s stupid Internet ideas, and a piece about her boss’s appeal, and she won the job. Today, she is a columnist at Yahoo Finance and the Boston Globe, and her syndicated column runs in more than 200 publications worldwide.

Trunk has spent roughly ten years each in Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and New York City. Recently, taking her own advice about how to leverage scientific data to choose a job and a place to live, she landed in Madison, Wisconsin. The first word her baby learned in Wisconsin was cow.

Trunk is also a popular public speaker. This is true, but not massively true. For example, where she has spoken, she has been popular, but she does not speak all the time. That said, as a career advisor, Trunk realizes that a bio is not so much factual as aspirational, and she feels compelled to put an aspirational paragraph in her own bio. Otherwise, how can she advise other people on setting goals for themselves that are a bit of a reach?

She is dedicated to helping people find success at the intersection of work and life, because that’s what she wants for herself. She thinks of career advice as a group effort – the movement for her generation ‘ so please email her. Or at least check out her blog, where she posts daily tips for making work life and personal life one happy, synchronized adventure.

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31 – Dr. Julia Dye: Author, Vice President & CFO of Warriors, Inc.

Julia-DyeJulia Dye, Ph.D works as the Vice President and CFO of Warriors, Inc., the entertainment business’s premiere military advising company, and is responsible for Human Resources and Administration; Planning, Training, and Operations; and Logistics. She is also the Task Force Commander of Warriors Publishing Group. On occasion, as the project warrants, she also acts as a unit commander.

She began with Warriors on the film Starship Troopers, participating in Captain Dale Dye’s first co-ed extended boot camp in Hell’s Half Acre, Wyoming, eventually commanding her own platoon. Projects since then have included Rough Riders, Terminator 2:3D, Star Trek: The Adventure, Wag the Dog, and the Medal of Honor series for Electronic Arts.

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She is affiliated with the Los Angeles Fight Academy and the Society of American Fight Directors, and was Weapons Master on Alexander with Oliver Stone.

She served as Adjutant on the maxi-series The Pacific for HBO, and is currently directing a documentary about Marine Corps Combat Correspondents, and in September 2011 the graphic novel Code Word: Geronimo that she co-wrote with her husband, Captain Dale Dye, was released.

Her latest book entitled Backbone: History, Traditions, and Leadership Lessons of Marine Corps NCOs was published by Osprey in November, 2011. Non-commissioned officers stand as the Backbone of the United States Marine Corps. The Corps is among the most lasting institutions in America, though few understand what makes it so strong and how that understanding can be applied effectively in today’s world.  Julia explores the cadre of non-commissioned officers that make up the Marine Corps’ system of small unit leadership. To help us better understand what makes these extraordinary men and women such effective leaders, Dye examines the 14 traits embraced by every NCO. These qualities—including judgment, enthusiasm, determination, bearing, and unselfishness—are best exemplified by men like Terry Anderson, the former Marine sergeant who spent nearly seven years as a hostage in Beirut, and John Basilone, the hero of the Pacific.  To assemble this extraordinary chronicle, Julia Dye interviewed Anderson and dozens of other Marines and mined the trove of historical and modern NCO heroes that comprise the Marine Corps’ astonishing legacy, from its founding in 1775 to the present day.

You can learn more about Julia at juliadye.com, warriorsinc.com, and warriorspublishinggroup.com.

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30 – Dr. John Hull: President & CEO of EQUIP Leadership

Dr John HullJohn Hull accepted John C. Maxwell’s invitation to become EQUIP Leadership’s President and CEO in July, 2000. Maxwell launched EQUIP in 1997 as a global initiative to train and resource leaders. EQUIP is now the world’s largest and most comprehensive grass roots leadership/personal growth and development organization. It is active in over 170 nations training millions of leaders with resources developed by leadership authority and EQUIP Founder, John Maxwell. There is at least one EQUIP conference per day being conducted somewhere around the world.

John Maxwell says, “John Hull is a remarkably gifted man who is making a difference in countless lives worldwide. Most of all, I appreciate his heart for people. I’ve always been proud to have him represent me, so much so that if you want a picture of how I would personally lead, I’d tell you to look at him!.”

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Over the years, John has been a successful pastor, run a capital funds consulting company and continues to speak to thousands of people, annually, in both the faith-based and corporate worlds. In addition, he is the voice of LEADERSHIP MOMENT (a daily radio commentary based on John Maxwell’s content) which can be heard on over 1500 stations and outlets.

John holds degrees from the University of Georgia, Liberty University and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Driven by the Great Commission, EQUIP Leadership Inc.®, is a non-profit, global leadership development organization founded by John C. Maxwell and committed to radically changing the leadership landscape. They operate with the firm conviction that the highest privilege and responsibility of any leader is to train other leaders.

Beginning March 4, 2013, Dr. John Hull began the EQUIP World Relay that will last over 100 days and travel 2,400 miles beginning in Atlanta, Ga., to Guatemala City, Guatemala with a ‘Big Why’ of seeing the nation of Guatemala transformed.


EQUIP® is launching the world’s largest relay, joining together and empowering millions of leaders for global transformation. The time is now to do something bold – and to make a difference.

Dr. John C. Maxwell launched EQUIP in 1997.  The organization’s heartbeat then and now is to raise up, train and resource transformational Christian leaders.  In 2013, our focus will be on Guatemala.

EQUIP wants to see countries, like Guatemala, transformed one community at a time.  That can happen only if there are leaders who are transformed in their lives and influence.

EQUIP is extending an invitation for leaders everywhere to join them on this movement of transformation …  to see leadership corruption, poverty, illiteracy, hunger, human slavery and other social issues addressed and show the power of unity and multiplied efforts of good servant leadership.


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  • Raise $1,000,000 for global transformation.  Sponsor the Relay!
  • Equip and train leaders in the 7 key streams of influence in any society (Business, Government, Education, Media, Entertainment, Church and Family)
  • Highlight Guatemala and the work being done there by influential leaders
  • Rally communities everywhere to join us in the EQUIP World Relay™

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29 – LtGen Russel Honore’: Retired Army General; Commander of Joint Task Force Katrina

LtGen HonoreLt. Gen. Russel Honoré (U.S. Army, Retired) is the 3-star general who burst upon the national scene in 2005 when New Orleans was in dire straits following Hurricane Katrina. He was the commander of Joint Task Force Katrina and was in charge of the massive search-and-rescue operation and the restoration of order in New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast following the terrible storm.

And in the course of doing his job there he showed the world what authentic leadership looks like.

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Gen. Honoré, who now lives in Baton Rouge, spent 37 years in the Army, and he continues to serve in a number of other ways. He thinks of “giving back” as an essential part of patriotism. So, nowadays he is an active public speaker, business consultant, Senior Scientist for the Gallup Organization, and CNN contributor on topics related to disaster preparedness

He has a new book out that is sure to raise some eyebrows as it addresses ways to make this world a better place in which to live – at home and abroad.

Now, the book, titled Leadership in the New Normal (Acadian House, $16.95), may not sound like a book on social conscience and responsibility. But sprinkled among the practical lessons on how to be an effective leader are observations on topics such as the immeasurable value of good parenting and the virtue of helping poorer countries develop at a quicker pace.

Having been an Army commander of missions on five continents, not surprisingly he makes some bold and insightful statements in his new book. He predicts, as others have, that the next wars will be fought over water, not oil. He points out that a society that essentially predestines some of its children to a life in prison – via the “Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline” – is a sick society that needs to examine its collective social conscience and work hard to address this American tragedy. He praises the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) for the leadership role it has taken toward curbing this stunning reality of life in the U.S.

On the global front, Gen. Honoré advocates making more of an effort to help turn “have-nots” into “haves” – a subject that seems to be close to his heart – not only locally but nationally and internationally.  He suggests that such a movement would be good for national security:

“People who can feed their families and feel like they’re getting somewhere in life are less dangerous people.”

In one chapter, he says “decision superiority” is an essential quality needed by leaders of the 21st century. He defines the term as the ability to “see first, understand first, and act first.” Without this quality, General George Washington would not have defeated the British in December of 1776, he adds.

In another chapter, he identifies the first three principles of leadership: Do the routine things well; don’t be afraid to take on the seemingly impossible; and never allow yourself to become paralyzed into inaction by fear of criticism.

Leadership in the New Normal is available through bookstores and gift shops nationwide. It can be obtained online at www.acadianhouse.com or by mail order from Acadian House, P.O. Box 52247, Lafayette, LA 70505, (800) 850-8851. It retails for $16.95 plus $4 for shipping.

In a special chapter on the importance of leadership at home, he writes: “A family is a team, and teams need leaders” – that is, parents who are devoted to parenting and teaching their children.

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28 – Kat Cole: President of Cinnabon, Inc

Kat ColeKat Cole has been the President of Cinnabon, Inc. since January 2011 and also its Chief Operating Officer since October 2010.

Ms. Cole served as Vice President of Training and Development at Hooters of America Inc. As a member of the Executive Team and has directed projects, departments and change management initiatives contributing to growth of brand extensions and increased restaurant units from 175 to 470+ in 28 countries.

She has over a decade of multi-disciplined experience in Change Management, Communications, Service, Sales, and Brand & Organizational Leadership and is a featured speaker and panelist on these topics for various industries, associations and universities. She served as Director of Women’s Foodservice Forum, Inc.

She serves as Chairperson of the board of directors for the Georgia Restaurant Association, serves on the board of directors of the Women’s Foodservice Forum and the Certification Governing board for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, and has led various committees and projects in the foodservice and hospitality industries.

She received her MBA from Georgia State University.

Kat is also very active with Global Hope Network International (GHNI); A great charity with the mission of bringing  help & hope to the hidden & hurting.

  • Global Hope Network International (GHNI) is a non-profit, private humanitarian aid organization who believes that it’s possible to bring not only hope, but change, to the poorest villages of the world. And we want you to join with us!
  • They help those communities become strong and independent, learn to transform themselves, so they can move away from perpetual poverty and despair.
  • GHNI began through a project in 1999 to help an Afghan refugee camp in Pakistan. This effort made such an impression on the nearly three million refugees that stories are told all over the region of the big hearts of our small team.
  • That set the stage for additional work and the official launching of Global Hope Network International, “Bringing help and hope to the hidden and hurting.”
  • Since then, over 100 other projects have opened doors for us to bring sustainable and transformational assistance to communities in Afghanistan, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Turkey and many others. And through all of that we learned our method of Transformational Community Development.

Kat also asks that we support and buy Pangeo Coffee.  A coffee company that is dedicated to village and relief efforts in some of the poorest countries in the world.

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27 – Jenni Catron: Executive Director of Cross Point Church, Author of “Just Lead!”

Jenni CatronJenni Catron serves as the Executive Director of Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN, a 10-year old multi-site church. She leads the staff of Cross Point and oversees the ministry of its five campuses. Prior to joining the staff of Cross Point, she worked as Artist Development Director in the Christian music industry for 9 years.

Jenni’s passion is to lead well and to inspire, equip and encourage others to do the same.  She speaks at conferences and churches nationwide, seeking to help others develop their leadership gifts and lead confidently in the different spheres of influence God has granted them. Jenni blogs at www.jennicatron.tv and contributes to a number of other online publications as well.

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She is also the co-author of the new book Just Lead!; a book that provides practical leadership help for women to develop skills to lead themselves and others with the character, confidence and authenticity of a godly woman. The book shows what holds women back and then focuses the skills women need to lead others effectively. Using this hands-on, practical resource will inspire women leaders in the church to use its ideas to gain strength and lead well.

  • Helps women successfully navigate the transitions necessary to lead well in church and ministry settings
  • Offers women a practical guide for breaking the “stained-glass window” and becoming effective leaders
  • Addresses leadership issues such as leading mixed gender teams, earning and giving respect, and navigating through relational landmines

Just Lead! challenges women to embrace their identity as leaders and equips them with the skills they need to lead others well.

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26 – Dale Dye: Author, Actor, Founder of Warriors, Inc.

Dale Dye

Dale Dye was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He graduated as a cadet officer from Missouri Military Academy but there was no money for college so he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1964. He served in Vietnam in 1965 and 1967 through 1970 surviving 31 major combat operations.

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He emerged from Southeast Asia highly decorated including three Purple Hearts for wounds suffered in combat. He spent 13 years as an enlisted Marine, rising to the rank of Master Sergeant before he was chosen to attend Officer Candidate School. Appointed a Warrant Officer in 1976, he later converted his commission and was a Captain when he was sent to Beirut with the Multinational Peacekeeping Force in 1982-83.

He served in a variety of assignments around the world and along the way managed to graduate with a B.A. degree in English from the University of Maryland. DYE worked for a year at “Soldier of Fortune” Magazine when he finally decided to retire in 1984. He spent time in Central America, reporting and training troops in guerrilla warfare techniques in both El Salvador and Nicaragua before leaving the magazine in 1985 and heading for Hollywood.

Coming to Hollywood he had a single mission in mind…to change how American civilians view the common grunt. Having been around infantrymen all his life and having been one himself, he knew that the majority are intelligent, creative, and full of heart…and the image of the dumb cannon-fodder blindly following orders not only was not true…but was a grave disservice to those brave servicemen who had risked and often gave their lives so that our nation could survive and prosper. So he looked for the best medium available to reach the hearts and minds of the public, and chose the film and television industry to spread his message; this saw the birth of his company Warriors, Inc.

Warriors, Inc.,  specializes in training actors for realistic military portrayals, for movies of the war genre. In the 1986 movie Platoon, he played Captain Harris and served as military technical advisor. He also wrote the novelization based on Oliver Stone’s screenplay.

Dye has also appeared in some of the films of which his company has served. He played a role in the movie Casualties of War and also played Colonel Robert F. Sink in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, on which his company also worked, and is now beginning a directing career. He appeared in Outbreak portraying Lieutenant Colonel Briggs, a US Army officer. He plays Theodore Roosevelt’s superior officer, Colonel Leonard Wood, in the TNT miniseries Rough Riders. He has a small role in Saving Private Ryan as an aide to General George Catlett Marshall as well as a role playing the Admiral’s aide, Captain Garza, in Under Siege and Under Siege 2. He has another small role in Spy Game as Commander Wiley during the rescue sequence, in Mission Impossible as Frank Barnes of CIA, in JFK as General Y, and in Starship Troopers as a high-ranking officer in the aftermath of the Brain Bug capture. Dye played himself in Entourage, teaching Vince to scuba dive in preparation for his role in Aquaman. He appeared in the 2011 Tom Hanks film Larry Crowne.

Additionally, Dye used to host a Sunday evening radio show on KFI AM 640, Los Angeles. He occasionally does fill-in. Dye has also been involved in the Medal of Honor series of video games as a consultant. He was featured in two tracks onHoobastank’s CD Every Man for Himself. He hosted The History Channel’s documentary series The Conquerors. He consulted for Lucas Art 2008 scheduled Fracture video game as well as appearing in a cameo role as Col. Robert Sink(Commander of the 101st Airborne Division’s 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment) in a video game Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway. He was the technical adviser for the 1994 Oliver Stone movie Natural Born Killers.

Dye has also worked on the HBO companion piece to Band of Brothers, the ten-part mini-series The Pacific, which was shot in Australia.

Dye currently plays Col. Porter in the TNT science fiction series Falling Skies.

Dye, along with wife Julia and comic book artist Gerry Kissell created one of 2011’s critically acclaimed and best selling graphic novels, Code Word: Geronimo, for publisher IDW Publishing, that tells the story of the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound.

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25 – Jim Palmer: Writer, Artist, Coach, & Religion-Free Jesus Follower

Jim Palmer 2Jim has his Masters of Divinity degree in a box beneath his bed. In his former life he was a successful Senior Pastor. That was before he walked out on institutional church and organized religion to find out what was real about his relationship with God. Since 2006 he has been chronicling his journey beginning with Divine Nobodies: Shedding Religion to Find God (and the unlikely people who help you), then Wide Open Spaces: Beyond Paint-by-Number Christianity, and now latest book, Being Jesus in Nashville.

It makes Jim nervous to be referred to as a “widely acclaimed author,” but that’s better than the most recent label pinned on him, “heretic.” In a nutshell, Jim is an ordinary guy who likes people. He is a recovering codependent and a social media junkie who champions the idea that religion doesn’t have to divide people but can empower humankind for courageously creating a world that works for everyone. Perhaps Jim cares deeply about people because of his own troubled childhood and personal suffering.

After leaving church ministry Jim led  a non-profit agency for at-risk kids, and later served as the U.S. Director of Education for International Justice Mission, an international human rights organization based in Washington, D.C. These days in addition to writing, Jim does personal coaching, leads “shedding religion” retreats and workshops, hosts a weekly national Divine Nobody Call, and promotes the Occupy Religion message and movement

This interview is longer than most of my others, and I got to be honest, talking to Jim made my head hurt.  Regardless of where you stand on religion and faith, Jim will get you thinking about the truth required in leadership and being a better human being.

24 – Robert D. Smith: Author of 20,000 Days & Counting

Robert D SmithFor more than three decades Robert D. Smith (TheRobertD) has managed and overseen the career of Andy Andrews, a three-time New York Times best-selling author and in-demand speaker.

He has served as a private consultant to numerous best-selling authors, speakers, entertainers, and cutting edge organizations, educating them on the unique methods he has employed to sustain massive success and growth across multiple industries for his entire career.

Robert is the author of 20,000 Days and Counting: The Crash Course for Mastering Life Right Now, a simple guide to injecting meaning into every second you live for the rest of your life.

TheRobertD.com is his outlet to give message-bearers the tools, tips, and strategies they need to massively grow and engage their audience.

Highlights From This Podcast:

  • How to maximize your time and take advantage of every passing minute.
  • A simple thought process that will allow you to live each day with maximum intensity and purpose.
  • How to enhance the relationships in your life that matter the most.
  • How to leave behind an enduring legacy that will outlive your life for generations to come.

23 – Jim Goodrich: WWII Iwo Jima Marine Veteran

JimI want to tell you about my friend Jim Goodrich.  Jim, who is 86, lives in Enid, OK.  I met him in 1999 while I was stationed at Vance AFB.

Jim is an Iwo Jima Marine.  He never knew his mother – she died when he was only two years old. His father was left to raise him; but as Jim put it his dad was “kind of an alcoholic”.   His father was an oil field worker who spent a lot of time in Oklahoma and Texas.  Jim says he “was handed around until I was old enough to take care of myself. I spent a lot of time by myself, often weeks at a time, going to school on my own and so forth.”

When Pearl Harbor happened Jim was only 15 years old.  He and a couple of buddies tried to enlist in the Marine Corps, lying about their age.  They were turned away by the Oklahoma City recruiter.

Six months later in mid-1942, after Jim had turned 16, he gave his father an ultimatum and told him that he needed to help lie about his age to the Marine recruiter or Jim was going to run away and join the Canadian Navy.   His father reluctantly agreed and seven months later Jim found himself in the middle of Pacific island-hopping campaigns of Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and eventually Iwo Jima.

Of all the Marine battles, Iwo Jima is held in special awe and reverence.  Iwo Jima is a small speck in the Pacific; it is 4.5 miles long and at its broadest point 2.5 miles wide. Iwo is the Japanese word for sulfur, and the island is indeed full of sulfur. Yellow sulfuric mist routinely rises from cracks of earth, and the island distinctly smells like rotten eggs.

The Battle of Iwo Jima (19 Feb – 26 Mar 1945) was one of the bloodiest in WWII.  The island was defended by 22,000 Japanese and it took more than 70,000 Marines to take the island.

Out of the 70,000 Marines there were 26,000 casualties (6,800 killed & 19,200 wounded).
Out of the 22,000 Japanese all but 216 were killed on the island.

To put this in perspective, this one battle produced more US deaths (6,800) in 45 days than the entire last ten years of fighting in Iraq & Afghanistan (6,600).

On the first day of the battle, Jim was now an 18 year old Corporal; a machine-gun squad leader in charge of 12 men.  As the transport hit the beach Jim told his best friend, “See you later tonight.” Jim went left, his friend went right and Jim never saw his friend again.  He never knew what happened to him.

The man in front of Jim was hit in the neck with a bullet the moment they stepped on the beach; as Jim put it, “I don’t remember who he was, but I had to step over him and keep going.  It was total chaos.”

For 19 days Jim fought in this living hell, witnessing unspeakable death & destruction, never once seeing the face of a living Japanese soldier (the Japanese were entrenched in 11 miles of underground tunnels and bunkers).  Not until the 10th of March when he climbed out of a shell hole to be faced with a Japanese  machine gunner about 30 yards away.  “I sure remember his face!”, Jim told me.

Jim turned to get back into cover and remembers having a feeling like “a hot red poker going through my back and out my stomach.”  Jim tried to get up a run after he was hit, but it was no use; his legs gave out on him.

Fortunately Jim fell back into a shell hole and had cover from his attacker.  As he lay there on his back, looking up at the sky and feeling the seeping wetness, he was sure that this was the end for him.

At that moment a Navy corpsman came running by and triaged his wounds, gave him a shot of morphine, and evacuated him back to the beach.

Jim had escaped sudden death, but was nearly killed again with a morphine overdose once he got to the aid station.  Another corpsman was about to give a second (lethal) dose to Jim because the first corpsman hadn’t marked Jim’s forehead with the letter “M”.  Jim was fortunate to be lucid enough during his current morphine stupor to stop the second assuredley fatal dose.

When Jim was finally on a transport to the floating Hospital ship, Jim felt optimistic and hopeful that maybe he was going to be ok.  Yet he was completely dejected and demoralized once reaching the ship when they told him they had no more room.

Jim was sent back to the beach where a doctor crudely put him under the knife in a make shift operating room on the sandy beach head; examining all of his internal injuries and eventually removing five-feet of damaged intestines.

Eventually Jim made it off the beach and back to Guam and Hawaii for five months of rehabilitation; the war was finally over for him.

I’ve seen the scars on his back and stomach; the letter with the bullet holes and brown stained blood he was wearing in his blouse pocket; the letter from the doctor who performed the surgery on the beach – expressing amazement and joy that Jim was recovering well; and I’m humbled and utterly amazed by his story.

I have to constantly remind myself that he experienced all of this between the ages of 16 and 18.  Then I think about what I was doing when I was that old; where my biggest stress in life was if I had to work at my part time job on a Friday or Saturday night.

Every time life gets stressful or frustrating, I try reminding myself of Jim’s story.  Put into perspective, nothing compares to what he went through at such a young age.

22 – Russell Bishop: Fortune 500 Consultant; Author of Workarounds That Work

Russell BishopHaving started five successful companies and consulted to leadership teams around the world, Russell Bishop has become a recognized expert in personal and organization transformation, helping individuals and companies create unparalleled success.

One of the early pioneers in the field of large group personal development, he created Insight Seminars in 1978 where he continues to serve on the Board of Trustees. To date, well over one million people in 34 countries have graduated from Insight.

In 2000, Russell started Bishop & Bishop, a business consulting firm specializing in performance acceleration helping companies implement business strategies and achieve dynamic performance improvement.

His clients include Fortune 500 companies in aerospace, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, information technology, telecommunications and energy. He has extensive international experience working in England, France, Germany, Spain, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Hong Kong, as well as all across North and South America.

In addition to his consulting practice, Russell serves as Editorial Director for the Huffington Post’s GPS for the Soul. His weekly blog is read by tens of thousands of readers and focuses on improving the quality of life on every level.

Russell is also the author of the best selling book Workarounds That Work: How to Conquer Anything that Stands in Your Way at Work

Workarounds That Work will show you how to take control of challenging situations at work, enabling you to accomplish more of what matters, even when systems, processes or other people seem to get in the way.

Every day, people experience increasing frustration in businesses large and small trying to execute critical goals and objectives or get the simplest things done. Roadblocks come in many forms, ranging from misaligned groups to bureaucratic processes, from people stuck in old ways of doing things to constantly fighting fires. Silos compete with each other instead of collaborating and even leadership can appear to be misaligned.

Workarounds That Work provides proven tips and practical workarounds enabling you to increase your own level of productivity while helping your group, team, department or business build a culture of high performance.

Highlights From This Podcast:

  • Strategies & processes don’t work; people work processes & strategies.
  • You can’t respond well if you don’t have control or influence over situation.
  • For every problem we are faced with we need to ask ourselves what we can control or influence.
  • Look at problems and complaints as an opportunity to turn it into “contribution capital”.
  • Stop making “decisions”; instead change your mindset into a “choice” aligned with intent & purpose.
  • Don’t worry about being “perfectly” correct; instead focus on being “directionally” correct.
  • There is a huge difference between “accountability” and “responsibility”.


21 – Jaime Tardy: Entrepreneur, Business Coach, & Founder of Eventual Millionaire

Jaime TardyAt 22 years of age Jaime Tardy was earning six-figures in a job she absolutely hated.  After finding herself $70,000 in debt and hating her job, she knew something had to change. Within 16 months, she paid off that $70,000 and quit her job. Now, as a business coach, she has been on CNN, MSN, Kiplingers Personal Finance, and even Yahoo’s homepage, twice.

She interviews business owners with one million dollar net worths or higher, every single week, to learn about their action tips, advice, and stories to help you build your income to seven figures. She has interviewed best-selling authors like Guy Kawasaki, Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss, Michael Hyatt, and Michael Port, and millionaires you have never heard of, like Craig Wolfe, owner of Celebriducks (a company that makes rubber duckies that look like celebrities!).

An Eventual Millionaire is a person who knows they will be a millionaire, eventually. But they are dedicated to becoming a millionaire on their own terms, and want an enjoyable business and an enjoyable life now.

Highlights From This Podcast:

  • Entrepreneurs & self-made millionaires aren’t typically associated with leadership; but Entrepreneurs are the epitome of “self-mastery” – a key leadership trait.
  • Most successful entrepreneurs / leaders are just like you and me; full of insecurities and limiting beliefs.
  • Success isn’t benchmarked by a dollar figure; it’s all about the journey and living a purposeful life.
  • Mentors are key to launching your success; overcome your fear, be honest and get in touch with that dream mentor.


20 – Judith Humphrey: Founder of The Humphrey Group; Author of “Speaking as a Leader”

Judith HumphreyJudith Humphrey is founder and president of The Humphrey Group. In 1988 she launched The Humphrey Group as the first Canadian firm to focus on teaching top executives to be effective speakers. The firm has grown and the range of courses has broadened, with an increasing emphasis on teaching leaders at all levels how to influence and inspire. Judith received an M.A. in English from The University of Rochester and taught communications at York University before entering the business world. Judith’s vision drives the company and makes it the brand of choice for so many leaders.

Click To Tweet! → Awesome Interview With Judith Humphrey

She is also the author of the best selling book Speaking as a Leader.  A book that shows you to to lead every time you speak – from Boardrooms to Meeting Rooms; from Town Halls to Phone Calls.Speaking

Whether it’s among colleagues at lunch or an audience of a thousand, a leader’s role is to move and inspire others. It’s not only the big occasions that test a leader’s mettle, but the little ones as well—in a casual conversation in the elevator, in phone calls, or one of many incidental, seemingly “insignificant” interactions in everyday work life. Written by one of the world’s leading communications coaches, Speaking as a Leader shows you how to make the most of your daily communications, creating a presence on the job as a genuine and constant leader.

In this eye-opening guide, aspiring (and established) leaders can enhance their reputations and influence by following a few simple steps. Speaking as a Leader:

  • Shows how to structure your thoughts and message in any situation using a four-step model
  • Offers tips on listening effectively, in three dimensions
  • Details why you are the best visual and how to avoid “Death by PowerPoint”
  • Offers guidance on taking the “numb” out of numbers
  • Includes tips on moving from subject to message

With Speaking as a Leader, you’ll learn to tap into your innate leadership skills at every occasion—whether small or large—and earn the sort of respect that creates devoted friends and passionate supporters.

Highlights From This Podcast:

  • Learn how to think like a leader.
  • How do you “script yourself” as a leader?
  • The importance of using the language of leadership.
  • Learn some techniques to achieve leadership presence.
  • Leaders must be willing to influence others; from above, from the side, and lead from below.

Get a Free Audio Copy of Judith’s Book “Speaking as a Leader” at Audible.com

19 – Ron Edmondson: Church Leader & Planter; Pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church

Ron-BW-200x300As pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church, a church leader and the planter of two churches, Ron is passionate about planting churches, but also helping established churches thrive. Ron thrives on assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. His specialty is organizational leadership, so in addition to his role as a pastor,  he consults with church and ministry leaders. (For more information about these services, click HERE.)

Ron has more than 30 years leadership experience, mostly as a self-employed business owner, and has been in full-time ministry for just over a decade. Ron has successfully led the restart of one church and the planting of two churches. He has a seminary master’s and a master’s in organizational leadership.

Almost 20 years ago, Ron founded a non-profit ministry called Mustard Seed Ministry, which provides devotional resources, conducts family, marriage and parenting, and church leadership seminars. If you need help with your church or non-profit, you can click HERE for more information.

Ron writes almost daily on leadership, church and family. Some of Ron’s most popular posts include:

God Will Allow More Than You Can Bear

7 Ways I Protect My Heart and Ministry from an Affair

10 Characteristics of Good Leadership

A Secret Your Husband Needs You to Know

7 Tips for Surviving the Terrible Threes

9 Bad Boss Types

How to Honor Your Pastor’s Wife

7 Tips for Surviving the Terrible Three’s

10 Things You May Not Know about Senior Pastors

7 Ways to Lead People Older than You

A Secret Your Husband Needs You to Know but Won’t Tell You

18 – Adam Makos: Best Selling Author of “A Higher Call”

Adam MakosAdam Makos is a journalist, historian, and author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller, A Higher Call.

In his fifteen years of work in the military field, Makos has interviewed countless veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and present-day wars. He has flown a B-17 bomber and a T-38 fighter with the Air Force, and was one of the few journalists to examine Air Force One with its pilots.

The high point of his work occurred in 2008, when Makos traveled to Iraq to accompany the 101st Airborne and Army Special Forces in their pursuit of Al Qaeda terrorists

I brought Adam on the show because of the tremendous true story he brings to us from his latest book A Higher Call and the ultimate leadership lesson in Moral Courage.

Four days before Christmas 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly, a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail—a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber in the squeeze of a trigger. What happened next would defy imagination and later be called the most incredible encounter between enemies in World War II.

This is the true story of the two pilots whose lives collided in the skies that day—the American—2nd Lieutenant Charlie Brown, a former farm boy from West Virginia who came to captain a B-17—Higher Calland the German—2nd Lieutenant Franz Stigler, a former airline pilot from Bavaria who sought to avoid fighting in World War II.

A Higher Call follows both Charlie and Franz’s harrowing missions. Charlie would face takeoffs in English fog over the flaming wreckage of his buddies’ planes, flak bursts so close they would light his cockpit, and packs of enemy fighters that would circle his plane like sharks. Franz would face sandstorms in the desert, a crash alone at sea, and the spectacle of 1,000 bombers each with eleven guns, waiting for his attack.

Ultimately, Charlie and Franz would stare across the frozen skies at one another. What happened between them, the American 8th Air Force would later classify as “top secret.” It was an act that Franz could never mention or else face a firing squad. It was the encounter that would haunt both Charlie and Franz for forty years until, as old men, they would search for one another, a last mission that could change their lives forever.

Highlights from this Podcast:

  • Military history is a great study of leadership and leadership principles; combat exposes the extremes of human nature.
  • Moral courage is the ultimate leadership test; are you capable of always doing the right thing – especially when no one is looking.
  • Studying the sacrifices of past generations puts your current situation in its proper perspective.
  • Our present world is so self-absorbed; are we capable of emulating risking everything for doing what is right?
  • Can we do “little things” to make the world better?