In this episode we provide practical tips and actionable advice for newly commissioned Lieutenants.
If you are en route to your initial training course or first unit as an officer – this episode is for you! The actions you take before you arrive are critical to your success. You can prepare for your assignment and the next few years today.
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This week on the Leaders Huddle Podcast we change the format to bring you another after hours episode featuring military spouses from the local area. The idea for this episode came from our own spouses wanting the opportunity to share their side of the task. As we know, the military is more than just a job. It’s a community that fully integrates family and our way life. Being a spouse in the military is an often understated but irreplaceable job. Today we listen as three military spouses with a collective knowledge of over 20 years, 15 permanent change of station moves, 5 deployments, and 3 company commands. Their advice on deployment, moving, family readiness, and integrating into new environments can help prepare young families for the rewarding, but difficult life in the military.
Welcome back to the Leaders Huddle Podcast. This week we dive back into Part 2 of our interview with COL(R) Nate Allen and COL(R) Tony Burgess, authors of “Taking the Guidon.” This is Part 2 of the interview. If you haven’t listened to Part 1, it is available for download from our archives. In this episode we take a look at the future of “Taking the Guidon” and ask the authors to share what they have learned since publishing the book 15 years ago. Tony and Nate share their personal experiences from those that have shaped their leadership, their time in command, and developing leaders in their organizations. We’ll also look at what the environment of leading in combat looks like, and themes they’ve uncovered from talking to those who have experienced it. References Mentioned: None
Today on the Leaders Huddle we speak with COL (R) Tony Burgess and COL (R) Nate Allen, Co-founders of CompanyCommand.com and PlatoonLeader.org and authors of “Taking the Guidon: Exceptional Leadership at the Company Level.” Fifteen years ago and fresh out of company command, then Captains Burgess and Allen published a book that would quickly become a must-read for all officers preparing to “take the guidon.” Today we sit down with both authors and discuss their impetus for writing the book and take a deep dive into the concepts of “big rocks”, vision, and the characteristics of a winning team. Our discussion with these two leader developers was so great we couldn’t fit it into just one episode. This will be a two part series.
Today on the Leaders Huddle we talk to Nicole Alexander and Lyla Kohistany co-founders of PROMOTE, a leader development organization that aims to strengthen the United States Special Operations Command enterprise by increasing awareness of the importance of cross-gender mentoring and providing a mentorship and leadership development program for women that retains and optimizes their talent. Coming off of operational assignments with SOCOM units, both Nicole and Lyla identified a gap in which women in the military were not afford the same mentorship opportunities as their male counter parts. Together they took action and formed what is now PROMOTE leadership, an organization that promotes leader development across genders. We’ll talk to them about how they started their organization, their views on sponsorship and mentorship, and the importance of leader development when it comes to retain talent across genders.
Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women by David M. Smith and W. Brad Johnson
Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor by Sylvia Ann Hewlett