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EP029: Humor and Leadership: A Conversation with Angry Staff Officer

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In a field otherwise centered around seriousness and a proud history of command and control, we take a look at the playful humor and leadership style of one of the Army’s most humorous and outspoken Star Wars; Angry Staff Officer.

In our discussion this week, Angry Staff Officer and our hosts talk about everything from doctrine to leadership and what inspires him to see the Army through a lens of humor. This episode addresses everything from Yoda to haircuts everything in between.

Angry Staff Officer’s Brief Bio:
Angry Staff Officer describes himself as an on-again, off-again angry staff officer, who made the odd jump from enlisted infantry to engineer officer and is now meandering the warrens of Army doctrine, one dog-eared page at a time. He is a member of the Military Writers Guild, and continues to be one of the most active members of the greater military writing community.

References Mentioned:

You can connect with us on Facebook at the new Junior Officer Forum Facebook page and check out the new Junior Officer Forum Twitter handle at @JO_Forum.

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Host: CPT David Weart and CPT Zach Mierva
Guest: Angry Staff Officer
Editors and Producers: CPT Micah Klein, CPT David Weart

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EP028: Leading Yourself First Through Solitude and Reflection

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In today’s hyperconnected world, solitude for a leader can be a luxury unless you prioritize it. In this week’s episode, we explore the concept of solitude by interviewing Army Reserve Major, Mike Erwin, co-author of the new book “Lead Yourself First.”

In this discussion, Mike dives into the inspiration for researching and writing the book and provides some practical tips for how leaders can find moments of solitude throughout their day.

Mike’s Bio:
Michael S. Erwin is a graduate of West Point and served two tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. He now serves as the CEO of the Character & Leadership Center and the President of The Positivity Project. He is also the Founder and Chairman of Team Red, White, & Blue, a veteran-support non-profit with more than 100,000 members nationwide. Mike continues to serve as a Major in the Army Reserves and is an Assistant Professor in Leadership and Psychology at West Point. He lives with his family in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

References Mentioned:

You can connect with us on Facebook at the new Junior Officer Forum Facebook page and check out the new Junior Officer Forum Twitter handle at @JO_Forum.

Please subscribe, rate, and leave a comment about Leaders Huddle on iTunes. Leaders Huddle is also on the Google Play podcast platform.

Host: CPT David Weart
Guest: MAJ (Reserves) Mike Erwin
Editors and Producers: CPT Micah Klein, CPT David Weart

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EP027: You’ve Commissioned, Now What?

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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.
Don’t forget to share this episode on social media and leave a rating/review on iTunes.

References Mentioned:

  • The Army Officer’s Guide, 50th Edition
  • Guide to Effective Military Writing, 3rd Edition

Resources Mentioned:

  • The Entreleadership Podcast by Ramsey Solutions
  • The Learning Leader Podcast by Ryan Hawk
  • Coaching for Leaders Podcast by Dave Stachowiak

You can connect with us on Facebook at the new Junior Officer Forum Facebook page and check out the new Junior Officer Forum Twitter handle at @JO_Forum.

Please subscribe, rate, and leave a comment about Leaders Huddle on iTunes. Leaders Huddle is also on the Google Play podcast platform.

Host: CPT David Weart
Guest: CPT David Lora
Editors and Producers: CPT Micah Klein, CPT David Weart

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EP026: After Hours Episode – Spouses and your Service

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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.

You can connect with us on Facebook at the new Junior Officer Forum Facebook page and check out the new Junior Officer Forum Twitter handle at @JO_Forum.

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Host:  CPT David Lora
Guests: Elyce Lora, Lisabette Stilwell, Laura Klein
Editors and Producers: CPT Micah Klein, CPT David Weart, CPT Guillermo Guandique

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EP025: Taking the Guidon — 15 Years Later (Part 2 of 2)

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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

Resources Mentioned:

You can connect with Tony Burgess and Nate Allen at the following:
Tony Burgess : Twitter @tonypburgess
Nate Allen : nate.allen2@gmail.com  and on LinkedIn

You can connect with us on Facebook at the new Junior Officer Forum Facebook page and check out the new Junior Officer Forum Twitter handle at @JO_Forum.

Please subscribe, rate, and leave a comment about Leaders Huddle on iTunes. Leaders Huddle is also on the Google Play podcast platform.

Host: CPT David Weart, CPT Wes Lafitte
Guests: Tony Burgess, Nate Allen
Editors and Producers: CPT Micah Klein, CPT David Weart, CPT Guillermo Guandique

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