TC North’s Fear of Failure: A Defining Moment

Let me tell you now my co-author’s story and how he moved forward. When TC North was 27 and working for Dr. Robert Swearingen as the exercise physiologist at a wellness clinic, Dr. Swearingen one day asked him if he’d like to run an aerobic exercise presentation for a few people at a local running […]

How I Put On My ‘Oxygen Mask’ to Survive

Let me talk to you about a particular moment in my life when I needed to be courageous, fearless and a leader. By all outward indications, my life was a success. I had a lucrative career as an executive at a global firm. I was living in an eight-bedroom house on a very large estate […]

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 […]

What Defines a Fearless Leader?

In my last blog, I introduced you to the legendary skier and entrepreneur Jeremy Bloom, whose athletic prowess, coupled with his extraordinary focus, define for me aspects of what I call here a Fearless Leader. So what, exactly, are he qualities that make up a Fearless Leader? Quite simply, a Fearless Leader is a person […]

Meet a Fearless Leader: Jeremy Bloom

What is a fearless leader? That’s what we’re going to be exploring in this series of blogs. Over the course of this series, we’ll be looking at how new findings in neuroscience, and the understanding what we call mindfulness, help shape what makes a fearless leader. We’ll also be looking at the stories of people […]