The Navy SEALs Ethos: A Blueprint for Leadership

Here is the Navy SEALS ethos: In times of war or uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our nation’s call. A common man with uncommon desire to succeed. Forged by adversity, he stands alongside America’s finest special operations forces to serve his country, the American people, and protect their way […]

The SEAL Ethos and Fearless Leadership

While I am not a military professional, I am a Behavioral Scientist who has been fortunate to be asked to share my insights on the subject of leadership development and emotional and social intelligence with this community in support of future leaders across the Joint Special Operations Forces (JSOF). I take comfort in knowing, by […]

‘I Will Never Quit’ – Captain Castro’s Story

“I will never quit.” That statement is not just a phrase on Captain Iván Castro’s Army Special Forces insignia. It’s both a statement of purpose as well as the philosophy by which he lives his life. Tip of the Spear, a publication dedicated to supporting our troops, perfectly illustrated this story of Captain Iván Castro. […]

Becoming Better Human Beings

Recently, our philosophies were engaged and applied to a project for a group of high-ranking flag officers via the Pentagon. The details don’t really matter. What matters is that we were asked to develop “coaching modules” on subjects that ranged from “Ethics” to “Operating At the Edge,” topics that would undoubtedly make the difference in […]

Admiral William McRaven’s Fearless Leadership

I’d promised a few stories of Fearless Leaders who embody the principles we’ve been exploring in this series of blogs. Here is one. In a story, written by Barton Gellman, titled “Person of the Year 2011,” for Time magazine, Admiral William McRaven is rightfully honored: “McRaven, then a 45-year-old Navy SEAL captain, led a jump […]

The VUCA Potential

The leaders of the agencies with which I worked – agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and others – have planned potential scenarios and practiced taking action for each contingency. The leaders at these agencies take into consideration what they can see and quantify (things that are tangible) and what the potential risks […]

You Are a Fearless Leader

I was extremely honored to be hosted once by members of national agencies including representatives from SWAT, National Law Enforcement, Federal Bureau of Investigation and other government agencies during key NTAO (National Tactical Officers Association) conferences, where I also participated in several of their critical education programs. Here, I learned how working warriors use state-of-the-art […]