Moments in Leadership

David B. Armstrong

Moments in Leadership is a podcast where you will hear firsthand about the careers of senior military leaders as they share their own unique and individual experiences. Moments in Leadership will immerse you in real-life stories where you will learn about the challenging situations these accomplished leaders faced and discover the lessons they learned early in their careers that were the most influential to developing their overall leadership style. read less
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Colonel Stephen W. Davis, USMC (Ret) – You Can't Manage People Up a Hill, But it Can Help
08-10-2023
Colonel Stephen W. Davis, USMC (Ret) – You Can't Manage People Up a Hill, But it Can Help
In this episode of Moments in Leadership, host David B. Armstrong spends time with retired Marine Colonel Stephen Davis, a veteran of the post-Vietnam War Marine Corps, the Reconnaissance Community, Joint Special Operations, and multiple combat tours up to the Regimental Command level, where they spend time discussing various topics related to hard-won lessons from the front lines combined with a realist take on what command, leadership, and management means. From Colonel Davis’ initial training operations and three courts martial in his first week of command, the conversation discusses the concept of having, understanding, and being humble enough to ask for assistance from those who have been there before, namely the Staff Non-Commissioned Officers who have the inherent experience in an organization. This oft-ridden military maxim is buttressed by examples of not being wholly subservient to these people either and Colonel Davis provides examples where ‘stellar’ Marines have cracked under pressure and changes have to be made to protect the troops.    Colonel Davis never expected to stay in the Marine Corps and some of the reasons he decided to make it a career early into it provide some examples of how leadership is often the primary determinant of wanting to belong, or conversely, to leave, an organization. Leaders make the culture. Colonel Davis subscribed to this notion enough that he made himself overly useful as an infantry officer in a Reconnaissance unit as its Supply Officer. This led to large dividends down the road in his command life and shows true leaders take opportunities, even if they appear bad, and make the best out of them.  The Reconnaissance Community instilled numerous values within Colonel Davis. Specifically, he learned how to lead overachievers, how sometimes metrics are not the best indicators of a ‘good’ unit or Marine, and the differences between Management and Leadership.  One of the more interesting lessons Colonel Davis provides is on the concept of the combat leader. Colonel Davis leans into the idea that leaders need to be where they need to be, but not always at the front. He is also a believer that the line between a bad decision and the Medal of Honor is razor-thin and medal chasers have no business in the combat arms field.  Colonel Davis provides discussion points on the focus of a leader (the Commanding Officer) vice a manager (the Executive Officer/Chief of Staff) and how they are both important to the overall success of an organization.  The episode goes into Colonel Davis’ time as the Regimental Combat Team 2 Commanding Officer and the successes (Manuever Warfare use of illusionary force structure in a Counterinsurgency environment to take ‘denied’ strongholds in two days) and the failures (Moral issue sins of commission and omission with the Haditha killings) and how these incidents led to him once again blossoming to help with similar issues within the Naval Special Warfare Community, specifically moral injury, boundless loyalty, and who does a person owe their allegiance to. Overall, the episode is an insightful discussion about leadership, moral convictions, and the ability to take the best out of situations.  Thank you for supporting the project (below) Please consider supporting this project on Supercast: Moments In Leadership Supercast  Want to support the project AND look cool at the gym or when you take your blouse off for a working party? Grab a cool tee shirt here from Mission Essential Gear, where every order supports this project AND donates back to Patrol Base Abbate  Be sure to check out the sponsor of this show Fieldseats.com for virtual reviews of great firearms, optics and gear where at the end of the virtual review, they give theitem away to an attendee. Be sure to use CODE: “LETHALMINDS” for 10% off the registration to a virtual review and check out their Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube accounts @filed_seats  [Terms and Conditions apply] Relevant Resources & Other Mentioned Episodes: [ADD REFERENCES AND USE THE LINKS IN SEPARATE DOCUMENT IN GOOGLE DRIVE TITLED  Lead From the Front? Not Always.  By Captain Michael A. Hanson, U.S. Marine Corpshttps://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/2022/november/lead-front-not-always   Moments in Leadership - Craig Nixon, BGEN, USA (themiloffice.com) Col Reggie McClam, USMC – Using "MOAS" to Engage with Others About Mentorship, Leadership, Diversity, and Inclusion. (themiloffice.com) Moments in Leadership - Major General Dale Alford, USMC (themiloffice.com) MajGen Dale Alford: "I Was a Student in AWS, Got Pulled Out, and Sent to Combat" - A Follow-up to Episode 14 (themiloffice.com) What is Moments in Leadership?Moments in Leadership is a podcast where you will hear firsthand about the careers of senior military leaders as they share their unique and individual experiences. Moments in Leadership will immerse you in real-life stories where you will learn about the challenging situations these accomplished leaders faced and discover the lessons they learned early in their careers that were the most influential in developing their overall leadership style.  Conceptualized by a group of friends who served together as young officers in the early to mid-1990s sitting around a firepit telling funny leadership stories, Moments in Leadership is designed to provide some relatable context to the formal leadership training leaders of all ranks and services receive throughout their military careers through the power of storytelling. Why Should You Support this project? I realize all of the leaders who listen to the episodes are at different levels of life, and my goal is to be able to have this project remain free and available to anyone who wants it and your donations help go towards that. Your donations go towards offsetting my costs of producing high-quality episodes. Additionally, since this is a part-time hobby project for me, I'm forced to outsource a good deal of work to others to maintain a regular publishing schedule. Your donations help offset these costs as well.  Check out my Supercast site and see if any level is a good fit for helping:  Connect with Us:Visit the Moments in Leadership website: Follow us on Instagram: Follow us on Twitter: Email us: themiloffice@gmail.com Other Podcasts Interviews with David B. ArmstrongScuttlebutt Podcast EP 38Former Action Guys Podcast EP 161 Former Action Guys Podcast EP 141 Former Action Guys Podcast EP 60 Former Action Guys Podcast EP 54  About the Host:David B. Armstrong, CFA, is President and Co-Founder of Monument Wealth Management, an independent wealth management firm he started in 2008 in Alexandria, Va. David received his BA from the University of South Carolina in Government & International Relations and his MBA at the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business in International Finance. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Navy ROTC program and served on Active Duty in the Marine Corps from 1990-1997 as an Artillery Officer and then received a secondary MOS as a Tank Officer. He re-entered the Selected Marine Corps Reserves in 2003 and served in several billets across the Artillery, Tank, and Light Armored Reconnaissance communities. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in late 2018.
Vice Admiral (Retired) William R. Merz, USN – At 1000 Feet, Leadership Can Crush You
12-08-2023
Vice Admiral (Retired) William R. Merz, USN – At 1000 Feet, Leadership Can Crush You
SPECIAL THANKS TO MATT MIRANDA AND JEREMY KOFSKY FOR EDITING AND SHOW NOTES SUPPORTIn this episode of Moments in Leadership, retired Vice Admiral William (Bill) Merz and host David B. Armstrong discuss how life can take strange turns to making capable leaders, oftentimes through hard times and rough seas. VADM Merz has seen the depths of the ocean and the heights of a superiorly led organization. His insights are valuable to all those who don’t want to be crushed under the everlasting burdens of leadership and ownership.  Learning the ‘personality’ of an organization is similar to understanding the ‘personality’ of a submarine, especially one as temperamental as the Thresher class submarine VADM Merz started on. Organizations that place a priority on the importance of the mission, expect professionalism in all duties, and have tangible results all work to produce leaders that all pull in the same direction. Setting a standard, and holding people to that standard, provides a way for people to see their potential and sets the conditions for them to operate at their best.  The standards of the submarine fleet are set by the accountability foisted upon the submarine’s commanding officer. They are absolutely responsible and accountable for everything on the submarine, to include the safe and effective use of the nuclear powerplant. This stringent adherence to accountability, and the training/certification elements of a submarine officer’s career has created the paradigm wherein, as VADM Merz states, ‘there will never be a second nuclear issue in the Navy, because after the first, the whole program will be shut down’.  To enforce accountability, and a learning culture, VADM Merz states one needs to celebrate mistakes, while this seems counterintuitive, the ability to distill failures to the procedural reason they occurred ultimately reinforces the accountability and ownership of the group. Conversely, good things happening by accident also needs to be investigated as procedures should result in predictable outcomes that can be repeatable.  A command climate that can foster this ‘celebration of mistakes’ is one that empowers all within and displays consistency. A leader who yells all the time can be fine, as long as their yelling is consistent in its application. When the yelling has no purpose other than to get frustrations out, then the command climate will falter. A good command climate is also one in which junior leaders feel respected enough to stand up to senior leadership and tell them when things are not working in proper order. VADM Merz gives examples throughout his career of the good and bad coming out of these situations, including a time or two when he himself was the ‘bad’ boss.  The wanting to be with the ‘best’ can lead people away from their best instincts in a poor command influence. VADM Merz provides stories of working operations with Navy SEALs and how arguments between SEALs and submariners about tactics and rigging would be immediately smashed by senior SEALs, who would tell these highly proficient warriors they need to understand submarines are not their specialty and to let those who are experts in their areas execute the best way to support the mission. The best person is always the best person, you need the right person to perform the task.  Once the experts are identified in an area, an appropriate command climate is fostered, and mistakes can be celebrated, the didactic nature in which the submarine community approaches problems can be applied to any other number of problem sets. VADM Merz provides the example of his time as the 7th Fleet Commander having the lowest suicide rate in decades and being able to uncover unconscious bias within the ranks.   VADM Merz’s concludes with the importance of gaining the trust of subordinates and using the  tools available to a commander, namely mast as a tool to correct and provide guidance to those who are accountable for carrying out the national-level high risk missions of the Submarine Service. For those who are looking for insights into the Silent Service or just want a more effective organization, this is a great conversation to be apart of.   Thank you for supporting the project (below) Please consider supporting this project on Supercast: Moments In Leadership Supercast  Want to support the project AND look cool at the gym or when you take your blouse off for a working party? Grab a cool tee shirt here from Mission Essential Gear, where every order supports this project AND donates back to Patrol Base Abbate Relevant Resources & Other Mentioned Episodes: Admiral Rickover Principles: Ownership – A person doing a job – any job – must feel that he owns it and that he will remain on the job indefinitely. …Lack of commitment to the present job will be perceived by those who work for him and they also will tend not to care. If he feels he owns his job and acts accordingly, he need not worry about his next job.Responsibility – Along with ownership comes the need for acceptance of full responsibility for the work. Shared responsibility means that no one is responsible. Unless one person who is truly responsible can be identified when something goes wrong, then no one has really been responsible.Attention to Detail – A tendency among managers, particularly as they move to higher positions, is to think they no longer need to be concerned with details. If the boss is not concerned about details, his subordinates also will not consider them important.Priorities – If you are to manage your job, you must set priorities. Too many people let the job set the priorities. You must apply self-discipline to ensure your energy is applied where it is most needed.Know What is Going On – You must establish simple and direct means to find out what is going on in detail in the area of your responsibility. I require regular, periodic reports directly to me from the personnel throughout my program.Hard Work – For this, there is no substitute. A manager who does not work hard or devote extra effort cannot expect his people to do so. You must set the example. Hard work compensates for many shortcomings. You may not be the smartest or most knowledgeable person, but if you dedicate yourself to the job and put in the required effort, your people will follow your lead.Checking Up – An essential element of carrying out my work is the need to have it checked by an independent source. Even the most dedicated individual make mistakes.Facing the Facts – Another principle for managing a successful program is to resist the natural human inclination to hope things will work out, despite evidence or doubt to the contrary. It is not easy to admit that what you thought was correct did not turn out that way. If conditions require it, one must face the facts and brutally make needed changes despite considerable cost and schedule delays. The man in charge must personally set the example in this area.” Moments in Leadership - Ron Boxall, VADM, US Navy (themiloffice.com) Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr: Top Gun, Gender Equality, & The Best Parts of Commanding a Warship (themiloffice.com) What is Moments in Leadership?Moments in Leadership is a podcast where you will hear firsthand about the careers of senior military leaders as they share their unique and individual experiences. Moments in Leadership will immerse you in real-life stories where you will learn about the challenging situations these accomplished leaders faced and discover the lessons they learned early in their careers that were the most influential in developing their overall leadership style.  Conceptualized by a group of friends who served together as young officers in the early to mid-1990s sitting around a firepit telling funny leadership stories, Moments in Leadership is designed to provide some relatable context to the formal leadership training leaders of all ranks and services receive throughout their military careers through the power of storytelling. Why Should You Support this project? I realize all of the leaders who listen to the episodes are at different levels of life, and my goal is to be able to have this project remain free and available to anyone who wants it and your donations help go towards that. Your donations go towards offsetting my costs of producing high-quality episodes. Additionally, since this is a part-time hobby project for me, I'm forced to outsource a good deal of work to others to maintain a regular publishing schedule. Your donations help offset these costs as well.  Check out my Supercast site and see if any level is a good fit for helping:  Connect with Us:Visit the Moments in Leadership website: Follow us on Instagram: Follow us on Twitter: Email us: themiloffice@gmail.com Other Podcasts Interviews with David B. ArmstrongScuttlebutt Podcast EP 38Former Action Guys Podcast EP 161 Former Action Guys Podcast EP 141 Former Action Guys Podcast EP 60 Former Action Guys Podcast EP 54  About the Host:David B. Armstrong, CFA, is President and Co-Founder of Monument Wealth Management, an independent wealth management firm he started in 2008 in Alexandria, Va. David received his BA from the University of South Carolina in Government & International Relations and his MBA at the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business in International Finance. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Navy ROTC program and served on Active Duty in the Marine Corps from 1990-1997 as an Artillery Officer and then received a secondary MOS as a Tank Officer. He re-entered the Selected Marine Corps Reserves in 2003 and served in several billets across the Artillery, Tank, and Light Armored Reconnaissance communities. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in late 2018.
SgtMaj Black, 19th SMMC, Episode Two: Being a Good Marine is About the Non-Negotiables
14-07-2023
SgtMaj Black, 19th SMMC, Episode Two: Being a Good Marine is About the Non-Negotiables
HUGE THANKS TO JEREMY KOFSKY AND MIKE CIFUENTES FOR THEIR HELP PRODUCING THIS EPISODE. War is everchanging, but its nature is everlasting. Sergeant Major Troy Black, in one of his last speaking engagements as the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps (and right before his selection as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman (SEAC), uses this mantra to guide the way he views Marines and the Marine Corps. This episode provides a unique look into how the Marine Corps is and will be in the future. This episode provides a glimpse into the conclave known only to former Sergeants Major of the Marine Corps, namely that first week and the feeling of, ‘What have I gotten myself into?’ SgtMaj Black offers suggestions into how he would improve the process and make a more seamless transition benefiting such a high office, including dealing with Congress and mentorship with Sergeants Major across the Marine Corps.  SgtMaj Black discusses how evolution and revolution occur within the Marine Corps and why thinking five years ahead is the traditional minimum to make substantive enlisted changes. The slow pace is argued as a positive due to doctrine stating that the Marine defends its standard and discipline zealously. This is instilled through negotiables and non-negotiables that emphasize the nature of leadership and war while understanding that the character of war will change. While the non-negotiables provide clear guidance and direction, SgtMaj Black argues these are actually liberating to Marines to make the revolutionary changes they have made throughout their history.  Despite historic and historical declines in the recruitable population, SgtMaj Black details why the Marine Corps is still an attractive option to young Americans and to those already in the Marine Corps, including recruitment and retention numbers not slacking off despite the rest of the DoD’s issues in these arenas. The thought of ‘This shit sucks’ (my words, not his) is discussed as a thought of Marines getting out, and SgtMaj Black argues this is due to leaders, not to the Marine Corps, and that the grass will be just as brown on the outside.  The ‘inter-war’ period of conflict is not new, and the Marine Corps is especially critical in those times. This period is important to the professional force as it allows for training, education, gain experience, and rest to be ready on day one of conflict to win. Part of this rest and training includes what leaders can learn from airplanes to make humans more high-performing individuals, including physical, social, and spiritual fitness. SgtMaj Black discusses how subcultures detract from the overall culture of the Marine Corps and serves to drive down the individual Marine’s sense of community and belonging.  Despite advances in Artificial Intelligence, Hypersonics, and Robotics, SgtMaj Black states the Marines of today and the future will be of the same cloth as when he was a recruit. The adherence to the non-negotiables is the path to making the cloth the same.  Thank you for supporting the project (below) Please consider supporting this project on Supercast: https://mil.supercast.com Want to support the project AND look cool at the gym or when you take your blouse off for a working party? Grab a cool tee shirt here from Mission Essential Gear, where every order supports this project AND donates back to Patrol Base Abbate  Relevant Resources & Other Mentioned Episodes: Marine Corps Heritage Foundation 2023 Award Winners: Annual Awards Program: 2023 Award Winners - Marine Corps Heritage Foundation (marineheritage.org) -Lejeune Award Winner The War Horse | Nonprofit journalism about military service. 1984 Book. 1984: Orwell, George: 9781443434973: Amazon.com: Books Non-Negotiables:-Warfighting-Physicality -Expeditionary Mindset-Professional Military Education and Development-History, Protocol, & Traditions -Leadership-Discipline-Drill and Ceremony  Moments In Leadership Supercast Support:  Listen to EP 18: SMMC Troy Black, USMC – How to Perform at Every Rank, Why Courage Can Be Seen More in Peacetime Than in Combat, and How Listening Is a Powerful Leadership Skill https://tinyurl.com/2p82n924  Listen to Ep 22: 1stSgt Shamus Flynn, USMC – From Motor T Mechanic to MARSOC – What Emerging Leaders Need to Know About Setting the Example, Admin, and Awards http://bit.ly/3Z2UjDj Listen to EP 25: LtGen David Furness, USMC – Rather than Yelling and Hazing, Try Focusing on Leadership Through Building Personal Connections, Rapport, and Culture https://tinyurl.com/ycxksac7  What is Moments in Leadership?Moments in Leadership is a podcast where you will hear firsthand about the careers of senior military leaders as they share their unique and individual experiences. Moments in Leadership will immerse you in real-life stories where you will learn about the challenging situations these accomplished leaders faced and discover the lessons they learned early in their careers that were the most influential in developing their overall leadership style.  Conceptualized by a group of friends who served together as young officers in the early to mid-1990s sitting around a firepit telling funny leadership stories, Moments in Leadership is designed to provide some relatable context to the formal leadership training leaders of all ranks and services receive throughout their military careers through the power of storytelling. Why Should You Support this project? I realize all of the leaders who listen to the episodes are at different levels of life, and my goal is to be able to have this project remain free and available to anyone who wants it and your donations help go towards that. Your donations go towards offsetting my costs of producing high-quality episodes. Additionally, since this is a part-time hobby project for me, I'm forced to outsource a good deal of work to others to maintain a regular publishing schedule. Your donations help offset these costs as well.  Check out my Supercast site and see if any level is a good fit for helping: https://bit.ly/3C8g7Ua  Connect with Us:Visit our website: https://bit.ly/3SA2XHe Follow us on Instagram: https://bit.ly/3eO4kTi Follow us on Twitter: https://bit.ly/3L5Ogs0 Email us: themiloffice@gmail.com Other Podcasts Interviews with David B. ArmstrongScuttlebutt Podcast EP 38: https://apple.co/3py1WlyFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 161: https://apple.co/3d1GVN0Former Action Guys Podcast EP 141 https://apple.co/3Ppz4GUFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 60 https://apple.co/3Pi128cFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 54 https://apple.co/3Pi128c About the Host:David B. Armstrong, CFA, is President and Co-Founder of Monument Wealth Management, an independent wealth management firm he started in 2008 in Alexandria, Va. David received his BA from the University of South Carolina in Government & International Relations and his MBA at the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business in International Finance. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Navy ROTC program and served on Active Duty in the Marine Corps from 1990-1997 as an Artillery Officer and then received a secondary MOS as a Tank Officer. He re-entered the Selected Marine Corps Reserves in 2003 and served in several billets across the Artillery, Tank, and Light Armored Reconnaissance communities. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in late 2018.
LtGen David Bellon and the 20th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, SgtMaj Carlos Ruiz – A Command Team Briefing to Alpha Company TBS Spring 2023
06-06-2023
LtGen David Bellon and the 20th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, SgtMaj Carlos Ruiz – A Command Team Briefing to Alpha Company TBS Spring 2023
‘The Enemy Doesn’t Care About Your Status’ - Upholding the Standard from the Front to Push Subordinates Forward.This episode is a unique and extremely rare look into what mentorship in the Marine Corps looks like and how Marines address each other and the issues facing the Marine Corps; head on. Lt Gen Bellon and SgtMaj Ruiz are the Command Element for both Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces Southern Command. Lt Gen Bellon is an active and violent supporter of engagement via social media and driving innovation in the Marine Corps. This episode, taped during a leadership mentor session to a company of graduating Lieutenants at The Basic School (TBS), is filled with great "Moments in Leadership" applicable both to the new Lieutenants in the audience and leaders of all stripes. Discussed is the ‘uncommon desire to serve’ inherent within Marines, officers, and enlisted, being the bedrock of what makes the Marine Corps the organization it is today and serves as the great leveler within the Marine Corps. The newly announced 20th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps discusses how standards, and the rigid adherence to those standards, serve as the bare minimum, and leaders need to drive to keep themselves and their subordinates to the utmost of those standards, to include something as innocuous as a formation for a subordinate. One of the most critical aspects of being a leader is the human component of it, namely the leader and their subordinates are both humans, with basic human wants and needs, like companionship. LtGen Bellon says one of the major initial pitfalls is currying favor with subordinates. Standards are how Marine officers fulfill their responsibility to those they lead. Dropping those standards is beneath those Marines a leader is charged with. Understanding and enforcing standards goes hand in hand with gaining the trust of those being led. The ability to do the hard tasks creates teams and organizations capable of being self-feeding and self-evolving organisms that can succeed despite losing people or changing missions. Creating an organization that can execute mission intent without being told is the ultimate goal of leaders, both officer and enlisted. Creating this trust in subordinates and leaders is gained through competence in both leader and leaders, which has the added benefit of granting high morale within a unit. One of the more unique aspects of this episode is the chance to hear the concerns of the newest generation of Marine Corps leaders and the thoughts of some of the most senior leaders on those issues. Topics discussed include Force Design 2030, Talent Management, mentorship and self-education, and Reserve timing/manning issues. Thank you for supporting the project (below)Please consider supporting this project on Supercast: https://mil.supercast.comWant to support the project AND look cool at the gym or when you take your blouse off for a working party? Grab a cool tee shirt here from Mission Essential Gear, where every order supports this project AND donates back to Patrol Base Abbate Relevant Resources & Other Mentioned Episodes:Moments In Leadership Supercast Support: Listen to Ep 15: LtGen Karsten S. Heckl, USMC - Addressing Force Design 2030, Death in Aviator/Combat Training, and Risk Assessment https://bit.ly/3ckkm5KListen to Ep 11: LtGen David G. Bellon – Commander MARFORRES, "I almost didn't accept my commission" https://bit.ly/3A45RwLListen to Ep 22: 1stSgt Shamus Flynn, USMC – From Motor T Mechanic to MARSOC – What Emerging Leaders Need to Know About Setting the Example, Admin, and Awards http://bit.ly/3Z2UjDjListen to Ep 21: The Hotwash – A Leadership Panel of Six Officers Discuss their Opinions of the Past Episodes http://bit.ly/3xzTkPnWhat is Moments in Leadership?Moments in Leadership is a podcast where you will hear firsthand about the careers of senior military leaders as they share their unique and individual experiences. Moments in Leadership will immerse you in real-life stories where you will learn about the challenging situations these accomplished leaders faced and discover the lessons they learned early in their careers that were the most influential in developing their overall leadership style. Conceptualized by a group of friends who served together as young officers in the early to mid-1990s sitting around a firepit telling funny leadership stories, Moments in Leadership is designed to provide some relatable context to the formal leadership training leaders of all ranks and services receive throughout their military careers through the power of storytelling.Why Should You Support this project? I realize all of the leaders who listen to the episodes are at different levels of life, and my goal is to be able to have this project remain free and available to anyone who wants it and your donations help go towards that. Your donations go towards offsetting my costs of producing high-quality episodes. Additionally, since this is a part-time hobby project for me, I'm forced to outsource a good deal of work to others to maintain a regular publishing schedule. Your donations help offset these costs as well. Check out my Supercast site and see if any level is a good fit for helping: https://bit.ly/3C8g7Ua Connect with Us:Visit our website: https://bit.ly/3SA2XHe Follow us on Instagram: https://bit.ly/3eO4kTi Follow us on Twitter: https://bit.ly/3L5Ogs0 Email us: themiloffice@gmail.comOther Podcasts Interviews with David B. ArmstrongScuttlebutt Podcast EP 38: https://apple.co/3py1WlyFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 161: https://apple.co/3d1GVN0Former Action Guys Podcast EP 141 https://apple.co/3Ppz4GUFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 60 https://apple.co/3Pi128cFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 54 https://apple.co/3Pi128cAbout the Host:David B. Armstrong, CFA, is President and Co-Founder of Monument Wealth Management, an independent wealth management firm he started in 2008 in Alexandria, Va. David received his BA from the University of South Carolina in Government & International Relations and his MBA at the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business in International Finance. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Navy ROTC program and served on Active Duty in the Marine Corps from 1990-1997 as an Artillery Officer and then received a secondary MOS as a Tank Officer. He re-entered the Selected Marine Corps Reserves in 2003 and served in several billets across the Artillery, Tank, and Light Armored Reconnaissance communities. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in late 2018.
LtGen Greg Newbold USMC (Ret) – DILLICLAP & Competency are Never Out of Date
29-05-2023
LtGen Greg Newbold USMC (Ret) – DILLICLAP & Competency are Never Out of Date
This episode is a look towards the past and how the core of a good leader is timeless. Lt Gen Gregory Newbold, the Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) commander of Operation Restore Hope and later on the Director of Operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is a leader with an unwavering desire to be responsible to those he leads. This episode provides a glimpse behind the curtain into a oft misunderstood, or even mysterious, selection process of being selected as a Marine Corps general and the gut wrenching decisions that must be made to ensure only the very very best are selected for that rank.   Lt Gen Newbold discusses the acronym ‘DILLICLAP’ (Do I Look Like I Can Lead A Platoon) and how that sets the baseline for how leaders can begin to model themselves to their units. Conversely, Newbold also provides examples of how those who don’t measure up to the standards of the organization or the unit can still be learning experiences for others. The cornerstone of DILLICLAP is for someone to try hard to learn both the art and science of the job and perform in both the actual job and in taking care of subordinates. Upholding and clearly stating standards will imbue an organization full of subordinates more likely to push further than they might have on their own. They are not looking for friends, they are looking for structure, standards, and setting the example.  These dictums are seen as nearly universal, even with a unit that previously burned down their company headquarters. The ability to give people focus and goals is critical as a milieu in which to set structure, standards, and the example.  Dealing with friction with leaders is an oft-forgotten aspect of being in charge. Leaders can and do disagree, it is how to handle those situations from policy disagreements to an incoherent and sleep deprived Regimental Commander, whilst maintaining professionalism and the interests of those you lead that helps in forging a true leader. Speaking truth to power and being imaginative with limited resources provides outsized effects to the overall mission, as Lt Gen Newbold discusses when talking about his experiences with the 15th MEU and Operations Restore Hope, to include the fabled live ‘secret’ beach landing in Somalia.  Along with the structure of leadership is the moral courage to stick up for those being led. Lt Gen Newbold provides several examples of this from his time as a Battalion, MEU, and national level staff officer, particularly his decision to resign in the face of his beliefs over the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Thank you for supporting the project (below) Please consider supporting this project on Supercast: https://mil.supercast.com Want to support the project AND look cool at the gym or when you take your blouse off for a working party? Grab a cool tee shirt here from Mission Essential Gear, where every order supports this project AND donates back to Patrol Base Abbate  Relevant Resources & Other Mentioned Episodes: Moments In Leadership Supercast Support:  Listen to EP 18: SMMC Troy Black, USMC – How to Perform at Every Rank, Why Courage Can Be Seen More in Peacetime Than in Combat, and How Listening Is a Powerful Leadership Skill https://tinyurl.com/2p82n924  Listen to Ep 22: 1stSgt Shamus Flynn, USMC – From Motor T Mechanic to MARSOC – What Emerging Leaders Need to Know About Setting the Example, Admin, and Awards http://bit.ly/3Z2UjDj Listen to EP 25: LtGen David Furness, USMC – Rather than Yelling and Hazing, Try Focusing on Leadership Through Building Personal Connections, Rapport, and Culture https://tinyurl.com/ycxksac7  LtGen Greg Newbold ArticlesThe Night of the Generals | Vanity Fair https://bit.ly/4214WHMThird Retired General Wants Rumsfeld Out - The New York Times  https://bit.ly/3q1LUE6What Tempers the Steel of an Infantry Unit https://bit.ly/3MLG2aW What is Moments in Leadership?Moments in Leadership is a podcast where you will hear firsthand about the careers of senior military leaders as they share their unique and individual experiences. Moments in Leadership will immerse you in real-life stories where you will learn about the challenging situations these accomplished leaders faced and discover the lessons they learned early in their careers that were the most influential in developing their overall leadership style.  Conceptualized by a group of friends who served together as young officers in the early to mid-1990s sitting around a firepit telling funny leadership stories, Moments in Leadership is designed to provide some relatable context to the formal leadership training leaders of all ranks and services receive throughout their military careers through the power of storytelling. Why Should You Support this project? I realize all of the leaders who listen to the episodes are at different levels of life, and my goal is to be able to have this project remain free and available to anyone who wants it and your donations help go towards that. Your donations go towards offsetting my costs of producing high-quality episodes. Additionally, since this is a part-time hobby project for me, I'm forced to outsource a good deal of work to others to maintain a regular publishing schedule. Your donations help offset these costs as well.  Check out my Supercast site and see if any level is a good fit for helping: https://bit.ly/3C8g7Ua  Connect with Us:Visit our website: https://bit.ly/3SA2XHe Follow us on Instagram: https://bit.ly/3eO4kTi Follow us on Twitter: https://bit.ly/3L5Ogs0 Email us: themiloffice@gmail.com Other Podcasts Interviews with David B. ArmstrongScuttlebutt Podcast EP 38: https://apple.co/3py1WlyFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 161: https://apple.co/3d1GVN0Former Action Guys Podcast EP 141 https://apple.co/3Ppz4GUFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 60 https://apple.co/3Pi128cFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 54 https://apple.co/3Pi128c About the Host:David B. Armstrong, CFA, is President and Co-Founder of Monument Wealth Management, an independent wealth management firm he started in 2008 in Alexandria, Va. David received his BA from the University of South Carolina in Government & International Relations and his MBA at the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business in International Finance. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Navy ROTC program and served on Active Duty in the Marine Corps from 1990-1997 as an Artillery Officer and then received a secondary MOS as a Tank Officer. He re-entered the Selected Marine Corps Reserves in 2003 and served in several billets across the Artillery, Tank, and Light Armored Reconnaissance communities. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in late 2018.
Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy (DUSN) Mr. Victor Minella – Navy to Civilian Leadership through the “DUSN’s Dozen”
19-04-2023
Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy (DUSN) Mr. Victor Minella – Navy to Civilian Leadership through the “DUSN’s Dozen”
In this episode of Moments in Leadership, host David B. Armstrong spends time with DUSN Victor Minella, otherwise referred to as “Dozen” where they spend time discussing various topics related to leadership from his enlisted time, his officer time, and finally in civilian leadership inside the Department of the Navy. DUSN Minella covers the importance of leadership in making organizations successful and the differences/similarities in leading civilians and military personnel. DUSN Minella emphasizes leaders should seek to understand their personnel as individuals and not merely names on a chart. He also believes the best organizations are those where everyone is held to the same standard, especially on the ethical side.  To make this happen, he stresses the importance of compassion and understanding junior personnel will make mistakes, the important thing is to understand why the mistake happened and ensure the person is still a member of the team.  While every leader is responsible for setting the culture and foundation, the episode also covers the need for ethical leadership to ensure personnel Live Their Oath. DUSN Minella says unethical leaders are one of the quickest ways to erode trust in a command and more broadly, citizens’ trust towards the military.  The trust of people is firstly forged from competence and leaders must be able to triage and quickly learn. The transition from military to civilian removes the bonafides of the uniform and rolling up one's sleeves and getting involved helps in gaining trust and showing competence in the job. Losing military identity can be overcome by having job satisfaction, so picking the right job, and not just ‘a job’ is vitally important in helping service members make their transition outside the military.  DUSN Minella discusses the role of the Senior Executive Service is to be an executive and not specifically to task but to give guidance when needed and support when warranted. Oftentimes being the ‘easy answer’ fails to create teams where initiative becomes a part of the organizational culture. The role of innovation is critical to solving some of the most important issues facing warfighters today. Fostering a culture of mentorship, communication, and innovative ‘maverick’ thought allows an organization to be agile and responsive to the needs of these warfighters.  DUSN Minella discusses how being ‘All-In’ is essential for maximizing both individual opportunities and improving National Security. The commitment and the Oath means being ‘All-In’ for the United States.     Overall, the episode is an insightful discussion about leadership, the importance of mentorship, and the need for leaders to build relationships with their subordinates. Thank you for supporting the project (below) Please consider supporting this project on Supercast: Moments In Leadership Supercast  Want to support the project AND look cool at the gym or when you take your blouse off for a working party? Grab a cool tee shirt here from Mission Essential Gear, where every order supports this project AND donates back to Patrol Base Abbate  Be sure to check out the sponsor of this show Fieldseats.com for virtual reviews of great firearms, optics and gear where at the end of the virtual review, they give theitem away to an attendee. Be sure to use CODE: “LETHALMINDS” for 10% off the registration to a virtual review and check out their Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube accounts @filed_seats  [Terms and Conditions apply] Relevant Resources & Other Mentioned Episodes: [ADD REFERENCES AND USE THE LINKS IN SEPARATE DOCUMENT IN GOOGLE DRIVE TITLED  DUSN’s Dozens: Live your Oath Be bold be kind Exercise Urgency Always OverprepareKnow your audience Be Genuine Be a StorytellerBe Brief Be Gone Be uncomfortableBe a Mentor AlwaysValue Enthusiasm Celebrate Opportunity and Success   Marine Corps Training and Education 2030 Turn the Ship Around: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders by L. David Marquet, Captain U.S. Navy (Ret) (not an affiliate link) What is Moments in Leadership?Moments in Leadership is a podcast where you will hear firsthand about the careers of senior military leaders as they share their unique and individual experiences. Moments in Leadership will immerse you in real-life stories where you will learn about the challenging situations these accomplished leaders faced and discover the lessons they learned early in their careers that were the most influential in developing their overall leadership style.  Conceptualized by a group of friends who served together as young officers in the early to mid-1990s sitting around a firepit telling funny leadership stories, Moments in Leadership is designed to provide some relatable context to the formal leadership training leaders of all ranks and services receive throughout their military careers through the power of storytelling. Why Should You Support this project? I realize all of the leaders who listen to the episodes are at different levels of life, and my goal is to be able to have this project remain free and available to anyone who wants it and your donations help go towards that. Your donations go towards offsetting my costs of producing high-quality episodes. Additionally, since this is a part-time hobby project for me, I'm forced to outsource a good deal of work to others to maintain a regular publishing schedule. Your donations help offset these costs as well.  Check out my Supercast site and see if any level is a good fit for helping:  Connect with Us:Visit the Moments in Leadership website: Follow us on Instagram: Follow us on Twitter: Email us: themiloffice@gmail.com Other Podcasts Interviews with David B. ArmstrongScuttlebutt Podcast EP 38Former Action Guys Podcast EP 161 Former Action Guys Podcast EP 141 Former Action Guys Podcast EP 60 Former Action Guys Podcast EP 54  About the Host:David B. Armstrong, CFA, is President and Co-Founder of Monument Wealth Management, an independent wealth management firm he started in 2008 in Alexandria, Va. David received his BA from the University of South Carolina in Government & International Relations and his MBA at the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business in International Finance. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Navy ROTC program and served on Active Duty in the Marine Corps from 1990-1997 as an Artillery Officer and then received a secondary MOS as a Tank Officer. He re-entered the Selected Marine Corps Reserves in 2003 and served in several billets across the Artillery, Tank, and Light Armored Reconnaissance communities. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in late 2018.
LtGen David Furness, USMC – Rather than Yelling and Hazing, Try Focusing on Leadership Through Building Personal Connections, Rapport, and Culture
18-03-2023
LtGen David Furness, USMC – Rather than Yelling and Hazing, Try Focusing on Leadership Through Building Personal Connections, Rapport, and Culture
In this episode of Moments in Leadership, host David B. Armstrong invites LtGen Dave Furness back to the show to discuss various topics related to leadership. LtGen Furness covers the importance of leadership in making organizations successful and the difference in the interaction between the lieutenants and the captains. LtGen Furness emphasizes that leaders should be frequent in praising their subordinates and building goodwill, loyalty, and commitment. He believes that the best Marine organizations are those where the collective goes above and beyond what's required and that this is achieved by leaders who care about their people and are passionate about making their journey better. To make this happen, he stresses the importance of mentorship and making time for it, regardless of rank. He emphasizes the obligation of senior leaders to impact as many people as possible and advises leaders to stand up for their beliefs and tell their bosses the necessary information, even if it's not what they want to hear. While every leader is responsible for setting this culture and foundation, the episode also covers the need for senior leadership to operationalize the various lines of effort in the USMC, such as Talent Management, Training, and Education. LtGen Furness suggests that leadership needs to be taught as a personal connection to another human being, and the first step to establishing this relationship is building rapport. He talks about the importance of building a relationship quickly to establish trust. Institutionally, LtGen Furness also discusses the impact of hazing and yelling in military training on the development of young Marines. LtGen Furness argues that theatrical yelling, screaming, and hazing contribute to a culture that teaches Marines that this is the way to lead. Instead, he suggests removing such behaviors and adopting a more professional approach that holds Marines accountable for their actions without resorting to hazing.  LtGen Furness has given a 90-minute class to every Basic School company for the last two and a half years. The class covers the role of leaders in making organizations elite and how to lead organizations. Afterward, he stays and answers questions until the lieutenants are tired of asking. He notes that the questions are very informed and cover topics such as strategic policy, force design, and leadership hypothetical questions about scenarios they might face when entering the operational forces. He says that the lieutenants ask better questions than he did at a similar stage in his career. Overall, the episode is an insightful discussion about leadership, the importance of mentorship, and the need for leaders to build relationships with their subordinates. Thank you for supporting the project (below) Please consider supporting this project on Supercast: Moments In Leadership Supercast  Want to support the project AND look cool at the gym or when you take your blouse off for a working party? Grab a cool tee shirt here from Mission Essential Gear, where every order supports this project AND donates back to Patrol Base Abbate  Be sure to check out the sponsor of this show Fieldseats.com for virtual reviews of great firearms, optics and gear where at the end of the virtual review, they give theitem away to an attendee. Be sure to use CODE: “LETHALMINDS” for 10% off the registration to a virtual review and check out their Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube accounts @filed_seats  [Terms and Conditions apply] Relevant Resources & Other Mentioned Episodes: Listen to Ep 13: SgtMaj Don Reynolds, USMC - Officer and Staff NCO Relationships: The Good, the Bad, the Right, and the WrongListen to Ep 14: MajGen Dale Alford, USMC - Leadership in Combat at Every Rank He Has Ever HeldListen to Ep 16: LtGen David Furness, USMC - Navigating the Decline in Marine Discipline, Increasing Marine Corps Retention, the “Basic Daily Routine” and Post-Traumatic Winning Listen to Ep 21: The Hotwash – A Leadership Panel of Six Officers Discuss their Opinions of the Past Episodes Turn the Ship Around: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders by L. David Marquet, Captain U.S. Navy (Ret) (not an affiliate link) What is Moments in Leadership?Moments in Leadership is a podcast where you will hear firsthand about the careers of senior military leaders as they share their unique and individual experiences. Moments in Leadership will immerse you in real-life stories where you will learn about the challenging situations these accomplished leaders faced and discover the lessons they learned early in their careers that were the most influential in developing their overall leadership style.  Conceptualized by a group of friends who served together as young officers in the early to mid-1990s sitting around a firepit telling funny leadership stories, Moments in Leadership is designed to provide some relatable context to the formal leadership training leaders of all ranks and services receive throughout their military careers through the power of storytelling. Why Should You Support this project? I realize all of the leaders who listen to the episodes are at different levels of life, and my goal is to be able to have this project remain free and available to anyone who wants it and your donations help go towards that. Your donations go towards offsetting my costs of producing high-quality episodes. Additionally, since this is a part-time hobby project for me, I'm forced to outsource a good deal of work to others to maintain a regular publishing schedule. Your donations help offset these costs as well.  Check out my Supercast site and see if any level is a good fit for helping:  Connect with Us:Visit the Moments in Leadership website: Follow us on Instagram: Follow us on Twitter: Email us: themiloffice@gmail.com Other Podcasts Interviews with David B. ArmstrongScuttlebutt Podcast EP 38Former Action Guys Podcast EP 161 Former Action Guys Podcast EP 141 Former Action Guys Podcast EP 60 Former Action Guys Podcast EP 54  About the Host:David B. Armstrong, CFA, is President and Co-Founder of Monument Wealth Management, an independent wealth management firm he started in 2008 in Alexandria, Va. David received his BA from the University of South Carolina in Government & International Relations and his MBA at the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business in International Finance. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Navy ROTC program and served on Active Duty in the Marine Corps from 1990-1997 as an Artillery Officer and then received a secondary MOS as a Tank Officer. He re-entered the Selected Marine Corps Reserves in 2003 and served in several billets across the Artillery, Tank, and Light Armored Reconnaissance communities. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in late 2018.
Col Reggie McClam, USMC – Using "MOAS" to Engage with Others About Mentorship, Leadership, Diversity, and Inclusion.
27-02-2023
Col Reggie McClam, USMC – Using "MOAS" to Engage with Others About Mentorship, Leadership, Diversity, and Inclusion.
Col McClam is a career infantry officer and currently the Commanding Officer of The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia. Col McClam discusses the acronym "MOAS," which stands for Mentorship, Opportunity, Advocacy, and Sponsorship. This episode is filled with great "Moments in Leadership" that should be heard by every leader, both officer and enlisted, especially by TBS Lieutenants and Midshipmen and Officer Candidates.  Embedded in MOAS is the importance of performance and how it is the currency by which every leader is evaluated for future potential in the Marine Corps. He pulls no punches and makes it clear that performing is a contact sport. He discusses the importance of performance because while you cannot always control where you get assigned, you CAN ALWAYS control your performance.  He teaches performance is underpinned by two metrics: Relationships and Personal Brand. The key is understanding how to navigate the complex territory of performing consistently on a daily basis while maintaining relationships and demonstrating your personal brand. It is performance in all situations and environments…not just in your PMOS. He feels every officer should be taught this from OCS until retirement.  He tells the young officers at TBS not to believe or think they are being left out because of their differences. He knows it's not about changing WHO you are; it is about changing HOW you are in this complex ecosystem called the United States Marine Corps. He believes, accurately, I may add, that we all have to assimilate when we join organizations - it happens at Google, Apple, Amazon, and Waffle House, to name a few. He told me he has changed "how" he is within the Corps and how you may need to do the same.  Thank you for supporting the project (below) Please consider supporting this project on Supercast: https://mil.supercast.com Want to support the project AND look cool at the gym or when you take your blouse off for a working party? Grab a cool tee shirt here from Mission Essential Gear, where every order supports this project AND donates back to Patrol Base Abbate  Relevant Resources & Other Mentioned Episodes: Moments In Leadership Supercast Support:  Get Col McClam's Mentor Doc referenced in the episode here: http://bit.ly/3ZzBnfNListen to Ep 15: LtGen Karsten S. Heckl, USMC - Addressing Force Design 2030, Death in Aviator/Combat Training, and Risk Assessment https://bit.ly/3ckkm5K Listen to Ep 11: LtGen David G. Bellon – Commander MARFORRES, "I almost didn't accept my commission" https://bit.ly/3A45RwL Listen to Ep 22: 1stSgt Shamus Flynn, USMC – From Motor T Mechanic to MARSOC – What Emerging Leaders Need to Know About Setting the Example, Admin, and Awards http://bit.ly/3Z2UjDj Listen to Ep 21: The Hotwash – A Leadership Panel of Six Officers Discuss their Opinions of the Past Episodes http://bit.ly/3xzTkPn What is Moments in Leadership?Moments in Leadership is a podcast where you will hear firsthand about the careers of senior military leaders as they share their unique and individual experiences. Moments in Leadership will immerse you in real-life stories where you will learn about the challenging situations these accomplished leaders faced and discover the lessons they learned early in their careers that were the most influential in developing their overall leadership style.  Conceptualized by a group of friends who served together as young officers in the early to mid-1990s sitting around a firepit telling funny leadership stories, Moments in Leadership is designed to provide some relatable context to the formal leadership training leaders of all ranks and services receive throughout their military careers through the power of storytelling. Why Should You Support this project? I realize all of the leaders who listen to the episodes are at different levels of life, and my goal is to be able to have this project remain free and available to anyone who wants it and your donations help go towards that. Your donations go towards offsetting my costs of producing high-quality episodes. Additionally, since this is a part-time hobby project for me, I'm forced to outsource a good deal of work to others to maintain a regular publishing schedule. Your donations help offset these costs as well.  Check out my Supercast site and see if any level is a good fit for helping: https://bit.ly/3C8g7Ua  Connect with Us:Visit our website: https://bit.ly/3SA2XHe Follow us on Instagram: https://bit.ly/3eO4kTi Follow us on Twitter: https://bit.ly/3L5Ogs0 Email us: themiloffice@gmail.com Other Podcasts Interviews with David B. ArmstrongScuttlebutt Podcast EP 38: https://apple.co/3py1WlyFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 161: https://apple.co/3d1GVN0Former Action Guys Podcast EP 141 https://apple.co/3Ppz4GUFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 60 https://apple.co/3Pi128cFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 54 https://apple.co/3Pi128c About the Host:David B. Armstrong, CFA, is President and Co-Founder of Monument Wealth Management, an independent wealth management firm he started in 2008 in Alexandria, Va. David received his BA from the University of South Carolina in Government & International Relations and his MBA at the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business in International Finance. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Navy ROTC program and served on Active Duty in the Marine Corps from 1990-1997 as an Artillery Officer and then received a secondary MOS as a Tank Officer. He re-entered the Selected Marine Corps Reserves in 2003 and served in several billets across the Artillery, Tank, and Light Armored Reconnaissance communities. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in late 2018.
LtCol Michael Perrottet, USMC – How Leaders Can Implement the Acronym Hacker into Leading at All Levels
03-02-2023
LtCol Michael Perrottet, USMC – How Leaders Can Implement the Acronym Hacker into Leading at All Levels
This episode is filled with great "Moments in Leadership" with everything from becoming an aviator, transitioning to a new Type/Model/Series of aircraft, to a FAC tour with a ground unit   to leading a squadron. This episode is extremely valuable to all the leaders in the aviation community because he shares what it takes to perform and what you can expect from combat operations on the ground and in the air. Thank you for supporting the project (below)Please consider supporting this project on Supercast: https://mil.supercast.com Want to support the project AND look cool at the gym or when you take your blouse off for a working party? Grab a cool tee shirt here where every order supports this project AND donates back to Patrol Base Abbate  Relevant Resources & Other Mentioned Episodes: Moments In Leadership Supercast Support:  Phaselineco - Check out this great Veteran Artist and his work here. Pick up some Moments in Leadership merch featuring his artworks and quotes by former guests on the Mission Essential Gear Website (which features a ton of great military veteran artwork and merch).  Moments in LEadership Merch is found here and proceeds go towards underwriting the costs of producing the project   Listen to Ep 13: SgtMaj Don Reynolds, USMC - Officer and Staff NCO Relationships: The Good, the Bad, the Right, and the Wrong https://bit.ly/39PZXoq Listen to Ep 17: Major Tom Schueman, USMC - "No One Wants to Drink Tea With Me" - Leading in Combat, the Philosophy of Command, and New Book 'Always Faithful' https://bit.ly/3UqkjGd Listen to Ep 16: LtGen David Furness, USMC - Navigating the Decline in Marine Discipline, Increasing Marine Corps Retention, the "Basic Daily Routine" and Post-Traumatic Winning https://bit.ly/3cibePj Listen to Ep 18: Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Troy Black - How to Perform at Every Rank, Why Courage Can Be Seen More in Peacetime Than in Combat, and How Listening Is a Powerful Leadership Skill  https://bit.ly/3t2zHxe Listen to Ep 19: MajGen Dale Alford - Advice and Insights From a 37-Year-Long Career in the Marine Corps-A Follow-up to Ep 14 https://bit.ly/3U5zjdq What is Moments in Leadership?Moments in Leadership is a podcast where you will hear firsthand about the careers of senior military leaders as they share their unique and individual experiences. Moments in Leadership will immerse you in real-life stories where you will learn about the challenging situations these accomplished leaders faced and discover the lessons they learned early in their careers that were the most influential in developing their overall leadership style.  Conceptualized by a group of friends who served together as young officers in the early to mid-1990s sitting around a firepit telling funny leadership stories, Moments in Leadership is designed to provide some relatable context to the formal leadership training leaders of all ranks and services receive throughout their military careers through the power of storytelling. Why Should You Support this project? I realize all of the leaders who listen to the episodes are at different levels of life, and my goal is to be able to have this project remain free and available to anyone who wants it and your donations help go towards that. Your donations go towards offsetting my costs of producing high-quality episodes. Additionally, since this is a part-time hobby project for me, I'm forced to outsource a good deal of work to others to maintain a regular publishing schedule. Your donations help offset these costs as well.  Check out my Supercast site and see if any level is a good fit for helping: https://bit.ly/3C8g7Ua  Connect with Us:Visit our website: https://bit.ly/3SA2XHe Follow us on Instagram: https://bit.ly/3eO4kTi Follow us on Twitter: https://bit.ly/3L5Ogs0 Email us: themiloffice@gmail.com Other Podcasts Interviews with David B. ArmstrongScuttlebutt Podcast EP 38: https://apple.co/3py1WlyFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 161: https://apple.co/3d1GVN0Former Action Guys Podcast EP 141 https://apple.co/3Ppz4GUFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 60 https://apple.co/3Pi128cFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 54 https://apple.co/3Pi128c About the Host:David B. Armstrong, CFA, is President and Co-Founder of Monument Wealth Management, an independent wealth management firm he started in 2008 in Alexandria, Va. David received his B.A. from the University of South Carolina in Government & International Relations and his MBA at the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business in International Finance. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Navy ROTC program and served on Active Duty in the Marine Corps from 1990-1997 as an Artillery Officer and then received a secondary MOS as a Tank Officer. He re-entered the Selected Marine Corps Reserves in 2003 and served in several billets across the Artillery, Tank, and Light Armored Reconnaissance communities. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in late 2018.
1stSgt Shamus Flynn, USMC – From Motor T Mechanic to MARSOC – What Emerging Leaders Need to Know About Setting the Example, Admin, and Awards
05-12-2022
1stSgt Shamus Flynn, USMC – From Motor T Mechanic to MARSOC – What Emerging Leaders Need to Know About Setting the Example, Admin, and Awards
1stSgt Shamus Flynn is currently the Inspector Instructor First Sergeant for Weapons Company 1st Bn 23rd Marines in Austin, Texas. Flynn is a prolific user of Social Media and has a considerable following on Instagram, where he shares not only his knowledge but the knowledge of others. What strikes me about him is that he is an early adopter of social media as a leadership tool, and he refuses to cede the space to others who wish to fill it with negativity and misinformation… something the enlisted side of the house, as a whole, is grasping much more quickly than the officers. 1stSgt Flynn understands that we have to meet the people we lead where they are, and right now, that's on social media.   This episode is filled with great "Moments in Leadership" with everything from preparing to go to combat to actual performance in battle. We discuss the influential leaders and the impact of losing senior leadership to combat operations. This episode is extremely valuable to all the leaders in the enabling MOS's because he shares what it takes to perform and what you can expect from combat operations as an enabler.        Thank you for supporting the project (below) Please consider supporting this project on Supercast: https://mil.supercast.com Want to support the project AND look cool at the gym or when you take your blouse off for a working party? Grab a cool tee shirt here from Mission Essential Gear, where every order supports this project AND donates back to Patrol Base Abbate http://bit.ly/3VyekAv Relevant Resources & Other Mentioned Episodes: Moments In Leadership Supercast: https://bit.ly/3C8g7Ua  Listen to Ep 13: SgtMaj Don Reynolds, USMC - Officer and Staff NCO Relationships: The Good, the Bad, the Right, and the Wrong https://bit.ly/39PZXoq Listen to Ep 17: Major Tom Schueman, USMC - "No One Wants to Drink Tea With Me" - Leading in Combat, the Philosophy of Command, and New Book 'Always Faithful' https://bit.ly/3UqkjGd Listen to Ep 16: LtGen David Furness, USMC - Navigating the Decline in Marine Discipline, Increasing Marine Corps Retention, the "Basic Daily Routine" and Post-Traumatic Winning https://bit.ly/3cibePj Listen to Ep 18: Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Troy Black - How to Perform at Every Rank, Why Courage Can Be Seen More in Peacetime Than in Combat, and How Listening Is a Powerful Leadership Skill  https://bit.ly/3t2zHxe Listen to Ep 19: MajGen Dale Alford - Advice and Insights From a 37-Year-Long Career in the Marine Corps-A Follow-up to Ep 14 https://bit.ly/3U5zjdq  What is Moments in Leadership?Moments in Leadership is a podcast where you will hear firsthand about the careers of senior military leaders as they share their unique and individual experiences. Moments in Leadership will immerse you in real-life stories where you will learn about the challenging situations these accomplished leaders faced and discover the lessons they learned early in their careers that were the most influential in developing their overall leadership style.  Conceptualized by a group of friends who served together as young officers in the early to mid-1990s sitting around a firepit telling funny leadership stories, Moments in Leadership is designed to provide some relatable context to the formal leadership training leaders of all ranks and services receive throughout their military careers through the power of storytelling. Why Should You Support this project? I realize all of the leaders who listen to the episodes are at different levels of life, and my goal is to be able to have this project remain free and available to anyone who wants it and your donations help go towards that. Your donations go towards offsetting my costs of producing high-quality episodes. Additionally, since this is a part-time hobby project for me, I'm forced to outsource a good deal of work to others to maintain a regular publishing schedule. Your donations help offset these costs as well.  Check out my Supercast site and see if any level is a good fit for helping: https://bit.ly/3C8g7Ua  Connect with Us:Visit our website: https://bit.ly/3SA2XHe Follow us on Instagram: https://bit.ly/3eO4kTi Follow us on Twitter: https://bit.ly/3L5Ogs0 Email us: themiloffice@gmail.com Other Podcasts Interviews with David B. ArmstrongScuttlebutt Podcast EP 38: https://apple.co/3py1WlyFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 161: https://apple.co/3d1GVN0Former Action Guys Podcast EP 141 https://apple.co/3Ppz4GUFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 60 https://apple.co/3Pi128cFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 54 https://apple.co/3Pi128c About the Host:David B. Armstrong, CFA, is President and Co-Founder of Monument Wealth Management, an independent wealth management firm he started in 2008 in Alexandria, Va. David received his B.A. from the University of South Carolina in Government & International Relations and his MBA at the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business in International Finance. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Navy ROTC program and served on Active Duty in the Marine Corps from 1990-1997 as an Artillery Officer and then received a secondary MOS as a Tank Officer. He re-entered the Selected Marine Corps Reserves in 2003 and served in several billets across the Artillery, Tank, and Light Armored Reconnaissance communities. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in late 2018.
The Hotwash – A Leadership Panel of Six Discuss their Opinions of the Past Episodes
07-11-2022
The Hotwash – A Leadership Panel of Six Discuss their Opinions of the Past Episodes
While the panel had a lot of different interesting conversations, one of the things that stuck out to me was a conversation halfway through where we talked about setting the conditions for efficiency and discovering the friction points that lead to those inefficiencies. One of the recent reviews left about the podcast stated that they were amazed at how much actual connection there was between what the company level officers thought should be happening and what the general officers also thought should be happening…  And I agree…leaving the question - what's happening between these two groups of leaders?  Like the project and getting value? Maybe you can help support this project on Supercast: https://mil.supercast.com Relevant Resources & Other Mentioned Episodes:Moments In Leadership Supercast: https://bit.ly/3C8g7Ua Listen to Ep 9 with Ron Boxall, VADM, US Navy: https://bit.ly/3ydZ1TW Listen to Ep 14: MajGen Dale Alford, USMC - Leadership in Combat at Every Rank He Has Ever Held https://bit.ly/3U5zjdq Listen to Ep 15: LtGen Karsten S. Heckl, USMC - Addressing Force Design 2030, Death in Aviator/Combat Training, and Risk Assessment https://bit.ly/3ckkm5K Listen to Ep 16: LtGen David Furness, USMC - Navigating the Decline in Marine Discipline, Increasing Marine Corps Retention, the “Basic Daily Routine” and Post-Traumatic Winning https://bit.ly/3cibePj Listen to Ep 18: Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Troy Black - How to Perform at Every Rank, Why Courage Can Be Seen More in Peacetime Than in Combat, and How Listening Is a Powerful Leadership Skill  https://bit.ly/3t2zHxe  What is Moments in Leadership?Moments in Leadership is a podcast where you will hear firsthand about the careers of senior military leaders as they share their unique and individual experiences. Moments in Leadership will immerse you in real-life stories where you will learn about the challenging situations these accomplished leaders faced and discover the lessons they learned early in their careers that were the most influential in developing their overall leadership style.  Conceptualized by a group of friends who served together as young officers in the early to mid-1990s sitting around a firepit telling funny leadership stories, Moments in Leadership is designed to provide some relatable context to the formal leadership training leaders of all ranks and services receive throughout their military careers through the power of storytelling. Why Should You Support this Project? I realize all of the leaders who listen to the episodes are at different levels of life and my goal is to be able to have this project remain free and available to anyone who wants it and your donations help go towards that. Your donations go towards offsetting my costs of producing high quality episodes. Additionally, since this is a part-time hobby project for me, I’m forced to outsourcing a good deal of work to others to maintain a regular publishing schedule You donations help offset these costs as well.  Check out my Supercast site and see if any level is a good fit for helping: https://bit.ly/3C8g7Ua  Connect with Us:Visit our website: https://bit.ly/3SA2XHe Follow us on Instagram: https://bit.ly/3eO4kTi Follow us on Twitter: https://bit.ly/3L5Ogs0 Email us: themiloffice@gmail.com Other Podcasts Interviews with David B. ArmstrongScuttlebutt Podcast EP 38: https://apple.co/3py1WlyFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 161: https://apple.co/3d1GVN0Former Action Guys Podcast EP 141 https://apple.co/3Ppz4GUFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 60 https://apple.co/3Pi128cFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 54 https://apple.co/3Pi128c About the Host:David B. Armstrong, CFA, is President and Co-Founder of Monument Wealth Management, an independent wealth management firm he started in 2008 in Alexandria, Va. David received his B.A. from the University of South Carolina in Government & International Relations and his MBA at the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business in International Finance. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Navy ROTC program and served on Active Duty in the Marine Corps from 1990-1997 as an Artillery Officer and then received a secondary MOS as a Tank Officer. He re-entered the Selected Marine Corps Reserves in 2003 and served in several billets across the Artillery, Tank, and Light Armored Reconnaissance communities. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in late 2018.
Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr: Top Gun, Gender Equality, & The Best Parts of Commanding a Warship
10-10-2022
Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr: Top Gun, Gender Equality, & The Best Parts of Commanding a Warship
Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr. is a retired US Navy admiral who serves as the chair of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. While on active duty, Winnefeld served as the ninth vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Listen in to hear valiant leadership stories from his military career, highlighting everything from Naval aviation to commanding Naval war ships. James sheds light on what it’s like to be a young officer leading people who have serious combat experience, the lessons he learned from working with Colin Powell, and why it’s so important for leaders to prioritize care and awareness of others. He talks about his time at the United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program (Top Gun) and shares his thoughts on the evolution of gender equality in the military. Support this project on Supercast: https://mil.supercast.com Episode Timeline/Key Highlights:[06:53] Introducing Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr.[09:04] Leadership lessons in call signs[11:40] His first experiences with leadership as a Naval aviator[16:54] How do you keep the attention of young members of the military when war ends?[20:11] The importance of intellectual curiosity and creativity in your military profession[23:13] Great leaders and leadership characteristics that James emulated in his career[32:31] Moments that made James the most proud of himself as a leader[37:10] What does an Admiral’s cabin look like?[38:41] The best lesson James learned from his worst leader[49:33] Gender equality in the military & is the Marine Corps getting better for women? [51:20] Preparing for the first time you have to say NO as a leader[55:16] Lessons learned from being a student and instructor at the Top Gun school[1:02:40] How did you early moments in leadership impact your career as an Admiral?[1:05:39] What do young leaders need to do to show they care?[1:15:20] When you go back to a squadron after graduating Top Gun, how does your role as a leader change?[1:21:36] Leadership lessons James used from aviation to command a war ship & Early opportunities and leadership skills young pilots need to focus on[1:32:21] Leadership underway: Great moments in leadership from being a skipper in the Arabian Gulf and an Aircraft Carrier CO[1:46:13] What it’s like to be a 4-star General & James’ powerful advice for emerging leaders[1:54:30] Why James is so passionate about stopping the addiction fatality epidemic & Why he started SAFE Project + About his upcoming book, Sailing Upwind  Relevant Resources & Other Mentioned Episodes:Moments In Leadership Supercast: https://bit.ly/3C8g7Ua SAFE Project: https://bit.ly/3BZBIy0 Listen to The Adrenaline Zone Podcast with Captain Amy Bauernschmidt: https://bit.ly/3SSDF6u Listen to Ep 9 with Ron Boxall, VADM, US Navy: https://bit.ly/3ydZ1TW Captain James A. Winnefeld, USMC Proceedings Article https://bit.ly/3SXXSrvThe War Planners Series - 6 Books https://amzn.to/3rvnErmWhat is Moments in Leadership?Moments in Leadership is a podcast where you will hear firsthand about the careers of senior military leaders as they share their unique and individual experiences. Moments in Leadership will immerse you in real-life stories where you will learn about the challenging situations these accomplished leaders faced and discover the lessons they learned early in their careers that were the most influential in developing their overall leadership style.  Conceptualized by a group of friends who served together as young officers in the early to mid-1990s sitting around a firepit telling funny leadership stories, Moments in Leadership is designed to provide some relatable context to the formal leadership training leaders of all ranks and services receive throughout their military careers through the power of storytelling. Why Should You Support this Project? I realize all of the leaders who listen to the episodes are at different levels of life and my goal is to be able to have this project remain free and available to anyone who wants it and your donations help go towards that. Your donations go towards offsetting my costs of producing high quality episodes. Additionally, since this is a part-time hobby project for me, I’m forced to outsourcing a good deal of work to others to maintain a regular publishing schedule You donations help offset these costs as well.  Check out my Supercast site and see if any level is a good fit for helping: https://bit.ly/3C8g7Ua  Connect with Us:Visit our website: https://bit.ly/3SA2XHe Follow us on Instagram: https://bit.ly/3eO4kTi Follow us on Twitter: https://bit.ly/3L5Ogs0 Email us: themiloffice@gmail.com Other Podcasts Interviews with David B. ArmstrongScuttlebutt Podcast EP 38: https://apple.co/3py1WlyFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 161: https://apple.co/3d1GVN0Former Action Guys Podcast EP 141 https://apple.co/3Ppz4GUFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 60 https://apple.co/3Pi128cFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 54 https://apple.co/3Pi128c About the Host:David B. Armstrong, CFA, is President and Co-Founder of Monument Wealth Management, an independent wealth management firm he started in 2008 in Alexandria, Va. David received his B.A. from the University of South Carolina in Government & International Relations and his MBA at the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business in International Finance. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Navy ROTC program and served on Active Duty in the Marine Corps from 1990-1997 as an Artillery Officer and then received a secondary MOS as a Tank Officer. He re-entered the Selected Marine Corps Reserves in 2003 and served in several billets across the Artillery, Tank, and Light Armored Reconnaissance communities. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in late 2018.
MajGen Dale Alford: Advice and Insights From a 37-Year-Long Career in the Marine Corps-A Follow-up to Episode 14
12-09-2022
MajGen Dale Alford: Advice and Insights From a 37-Year-Long Career in the Marine Corps-A Follow-up to Episode 14
Just a few hours before he packed up his home and set off to Georgia to retire, Major General Dale Alford sat down with me to offer his final thoughts on his 37-year-long career in the Marine Corps. Listen in as we discuss some of his most noteworthy lessons learned as well as the key things emerging leaders need to know to be successful in their career. MajGen Alford reflects on the leadership traits and habits he developed throughout his time in the military, the decisions that led to his success (and struggle), and how you can make the most of your leadership role. He shares his thoughts on the worst parts of being a Marine Corps General, how to overcome the constant worry you might feel as a Captain, and the important things you should do before retiring from active duty. Join me in sending off this USMC legend to a happy and hearty retirement!Finally, please consider supporting this project at the new Patreon site at: https://www.patreon.com/momentsinleadershipEpisode Timeline/Key Highlights:[04:36] Introducing MajGen Dale Alford [06:04] What personality/leadership trait do you have that makes you so admired and respected?[09:21] Advice for leaders who are 1 year away from military retirement. [12:22] Important things you should do before retiring from the military.[14:49] What tours or roles would you have liked to try during your Marine Corps career?[17:57] Advice for Captains who have been put on drill field or recruiting duty.[22:00] Pivotal points in a leader’s career: What leadership decisions lead to success and which lead to struggle?[34:20] The #1 factor considered in Colonels becoming a General Officer.[38:35] The power of mastering your own authority and focusing on your own performance as a Captain.[42:29] The worst parts of being a General.[45:27] What should future military leaders be thinking about very carefully?[47:28] How can we make the Marine Corps reserves more enticing so we don’t keep losing talent?[49:57] How Dale intends to satisfy his call to service after retirement.  Relevant Resources & Other Mentioned Episodes:Moments In Leadership Patreon Account: https://bit.ly/3SBxK6fListen to Ep 14 with MajGen Dale Alford: https://bit.ly/3U5zjdq Listen to Dale on Controversy & Clarity with Damien O’Connell: https://bit.ly/3QCvwBw  What is Moments in Leadership?Moments in Leadership is a podcast where you will hear firsthand about the careers of senior military leaders as they share their unique and individual experiences. Moments in Leadership will immerse you in real-life stories where you will learn about the challenging situations these accomplished leaders faced and discover the lessons they learned early in their careers that were the most influential in developing their overall leadership style.  Conceptualized by a group of friends who served together as young officers in the early to mid-1990s sitting around a firepit telling funny leadership stories, Moments in Leadership is designed to provide some relatable context to the formal leadership training leaders of all ranks and services receive throughout their military careers through the power of storytelling. Connect with Us:Subscribe as a Patreon Supporter: https://www.patreon.com/momentsinleadershipVisit our website: https://bit.ly/3SA2XHe Follow us on Instagram: https://bit.ly/3eO4kTi Follow us on Twitter: https://bit.ly/3L5Ogs0  Other Podcasts Interviews with David B. ArmstrongScuttlebutt Podcast EP 38: https://apple.co/3py1WlyFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 161: https://apple.co/3d1GVN0Former Action Guys Podcast EP 141 https://apple.co/3Ppz4GUFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 60 https://apple.co/3Pi128cFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 54 https://apple.co/3Pi128c About the Host:David B. Armstrong, CFA, is President and Co-Founder of Monument Wealth Management, an independent wealth management firm he started in 2008 in Alexandria, Va. David received his B.A. from the University of South Carolina in Government & International Relations and his MBA at the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business in International Finance. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Navy ROTC program and served on Active Duty in the Marine Corps from 1990-1997 as an Artillery Officer and then received a secondary MOS as a Tank Officer. He re-entered the Selected Marine Corps Reserves in 2003 and served in several billets across the Artillery, Tank, and Light Armored Reconnaissance communities. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in late 2018.
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Troy Black - How to Perform at Every Rank, Why Courage Can Be Seen More in Peacetime Than in Combat, and How Listening Is a Powerful Leadership Skill
22-08-2022
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Troy Black - How to Perform at Every Rank, Why Courage Can Be Seen More in Peacetime Than in Combat, and How Listening Is a Powerful Leadership Skill
Listen in as we discuss SgtMaj Black's experiences as a young Marine, a new NCO, and in leadership roles as a First Sergeant and a Sergeant Major. Hear him tell the stories of young PFC Black as well as his first experience leading his fellow Lance Corporal peers as a brand new Corporal. Hear about and learn what he did well and what he'd do differently. He sheds light on the importance of the different oaths we take and how they shape our leadership responsibilities. He shares some perspective on taking care of the most junior Marine in order to make sure they have what they need, but how sometimes it's difficult for the Marines to see it happening fast enough. We wrap up discussing how difficult it becomes for leaders to communicate with the junior Marines the higher they get “in the proverbial food chain” but wants everyone know that, that if they feel out of touch with senior leadership, it's not because they desire for it to be that way. This is an incredibly insightful and empowering discussion where leaders from all branches and of all ranks can gain some valuable insight from the senior enlisted leader in the Marine Corps.  Please consider supporting this project at the new Patreon site. Your generosity ensures that these valuable discussions remain free and available for the younger leaders who benefit the most from these episodes: https://www.patreon.com/momentsinleadershipRelevant Resources & Other Mentioned Episodes:Moments In Leadership Patreon Account: https://bit.ly/3SBxK6fSgtMaj Dan Reynolds Episode: https://bit.ly/39PZXoqLtGen Dave Furness Episode: https://bit.ly/3cibePj What is Moments in Leadership?Moments in Leadership is a podcast where you will hear firsthand about the careers of senior military leaders as they share their unique and individual experiences. Moments in Leadership will immerse you in real-life stories where you will learn about the challenging situations these accomplished leaders faced and discover the lessons they learned early in their careers that were the most influential in developing their overall leadership style.  Conceptualized by a group of friends who served together as young officers in the early to mid-1990s sitting around a firepit telling funny leadership stories, Moments in Leadership is designed to provide some relatable context to the formal leadership training leaders of all ranks and services receive throughout their military careers through the power of storytelling. Connect with Us:Subscribe as a Patreon Supporter: https://www.patreon.com/momentsinleadershipVisit the MIL website: https://www.themiloffice.comFollow MIL on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/themiloffice  Other Podcasts Interviews with David B. ArmstrongFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 161: https://apple.co/3d1GVN0Former Action Guys Podcast EP 141: https://apple.co/3Ppz4GUFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 60: https://apple.co/3Pi128cFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 54: https://apple.co/3Pi128cScuttlebutt Podcast EP 38: https://apple.co/3py1Wly About the Host:David B. Armstrong, CFA, is President and Co-Founder of Monument Wealth Management, an independent wealth management firm he started in 2008 in Alexandria, Va. David received his B.A. from the University of South Carolina in Government & International Relations and his MBA at the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business in International Finance. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Navy ROTC program and served on Active Duty in the Marine Corps from 1990-1997 as an Artillery Officer and then received a secondary MOS as a Tank Officer. He re-entered the Selected Marine Corps Reserves in 2003 and served in several billets across the Artillery, Tank, and Light Armored Reconnaissance communities. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in late 2018.
Major Tom Schueman, USMC - "No One Wants to Drink Tea With Me" - Leading in Combat, the Philosophy of Command, and New Book 'Always Faithful'
08-08-2022
Major Tom Schueman, USMC - "No One Wants to Drink Tea With Me" - Leading in Combat, the Philosophy of Command, and New Book 'Always Faithful'
Listen in as we discuss his most powerful moments of combat as a young lieutenant platoon commander, ambushed just moments after stepping out of friendly lines on his very first combat patrol. Hear him debrief himself and learn what he did well and what he'd do differently. He sheds light on how leadership is simple but never easy. He explains how he would adopt a more harmonious approach to company command rather than what he describes as a ruthless drive for "results first." We discuss his new book, Always Faithful – A story of war in Afghanistan, the fall of Kabul, and the unshakable bond between a Marine and an interpreter, which becomes available on August 8th, 2022.  We wrap up discussing the foundation he created, Patrol Base Abbate, of which I am honored to be a member of the Board of Directors. Patrol Base Abbate is named after Marine Sergeant Matt Abbate, who was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. Matt became the inspiration behind creating a place where everyone who's raised their hand, swore an oath, and wrote a blank check payable in the amount up to and including their own life, feels like they can rest and refit by re-entering friendly lines. This is an incredibly insightful and empowering discussion that leaders from all branches and of all ages can gain something from.  Finally, please consider supporting this project at the new Patreon site at: https://www.patreon.com/momentsinleadershipRelevant Resources & Other Mentioned Episodes:Moments In Leadership Patreon Account: https://bit.ly/3SBxK6fAlways Faithful – link to the book on Amazon (non-affiliate link): https://amzn.to/3p25Q60Major Tom Schueman IG Account: https://bit.ly/3QoMh3fMajor Justin Gray IG Account: https://bit.ly/3SxUcgQPatrol Base Abbate: https://bit.ly/3Qm2XIKPatrol Base Abbate DONATE: https://bit.ly/3Q5ZChlSgt Matt Abbate Navy Cross Citation: https://bit.ly/3bExaEiSgtMaj Dan Reynolds Episode: https://bit.ly/39PZXoqLtGen Dave Furness Episode: https://bit.ly/3cibePj What is Moments in Leadership?Moments in Leadership is a podcast where you will hear firsthand about the careers of senior military leaders as they share their unique and individual experiences. Moments in Leadership will immerse you in real-life stories where you will learn about the challenging situations these accomplished leaders faced and discover the lessons they learned early in their careers that were the most influential in developing their overall leadership style.  Conceptualized by a group of friends who served together as young officers in the early to mid-1990s sitting around a firepit telling funny leadership stories, Moments in Leadership is designed to provide some relatable context to the formal leadership training leaders of all ranks and services receive throughout their military careers through the power of storytelling. Connect with Us:Subscribe as a Patreon Supporter: https://www.patreon.com/momentsinleadershipVisit our website: https://www.themiloffice.comFollow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/themiloffice  Other Podcasts Interviews with David B. ArmstrongFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 161: https://apple.co/3d1GVN0Former Action Guys Podcast EP 141: https://apple.co/3Ppz4GUFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 60: https://apple.co/3Pi128cFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 54: https://apple.co/3Pi128c About the Host:David B. Armstrong, CFA, is President and Co-Founder of Monument Wealth Management, an independent wealth management firm he started in 2008 in Alexandria, Va. David received his B.A. from the University of South Carolina in Government & International Relations and his MBA at the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business in International Finance. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Navy ROTC program and served on Active Duty in the Marine Corps from 1990-1997 as an Artillery Officer and then received a secondary MOS as a Tank Officer. He re-entered the Selected Marine Corps Reserves in 2003 and served in several billets across the Artillery, Tank, and Light Armored Reconnaissance communities. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in late 2018.
LtGen David Furness, USMC - Navigating the Decline in Marine Discipline, Increasing Marine Corps Retention, the “Basic Daily Routine” and Post-Traumatic Winning
15-07-2022
LtGen David Furness, USMC - Navigating the Decline in Marine Discipline, Increasing Marine Corps Retention, the “Basic Daily Routine” and Post-Traumatic Winning
This is a great episode with one of the most experienced combat leaders serving in the USMC today but also a leader with an incredibly diversified career spanning not only recruiting but also tours on Capitol Hill watching the sausage get made.  Listen in as we discuss the most powerful moments of leadership, pride, fear, and influence in David's Marine Corps career. He sheds light on how to make the most out of poor leadership, how to lead Marines that are lacking discipline, his perspective AND reflection on his "Basic Daily Routine" letter to the 2nd Marine Division in 2019, and how we can potentially solve the Marine Corps' recruiting and retention problem.  LtGen Furness also speaks on what he learned from conducting legislative affairs for the Marine Corps on Capitol Hill as well as helping to implement Mike McNamara's Post-Traumatic Winning program, which aims to prevent suicide and improve the mental health of military officers. This is an incredibly insightful and empowering discussion that leaders from all branches and of all ages can gain something from. Episode Timeline/Key Highlights:[04:39] Introducing Lieutenant General David Furness [07:10] Reflecting on his experience and lessons he learned from being a Second Lieutenant[18:16] Advice for Lieutenants and Captains on navigating poor leadership[26:04] "AHA" moments of pride in David's career & The power of giving your colleagues recognition[35:33] Should we change the Marine Corps award system?[45:51] Scary moments in David's career & How to prepare for (and get through) the inevitable scary moments of military leadership[56:31] The moment David realized the gravity of his influence and responsibility as a leader[1:04:16] Why legislative affairs on Capitol Hill are vital to the Marine Corps' democracy[1:15:34] How can we solve the Marine Corps' recruiting and retention problem?[1:34:44] The decline in Marine discipline, firing Marines, & David's 2019 "Basic Daily Routine" policy letter[1:54:50] Preventing suicide with leadership strategies and Post-Traumatic Winning Relevant Resources & Other Mentioned Episodes:Former Action Guys Podcast: https://apple.co/3uQ8zmjFollow Ben Cantwell on Instagram: https://bit.ly/3OaGtsELearn more about Post-Traumatic Winning: https://bit.ly/3z89Vv4Listen to Ep 13 SgtMaj Don Reynolds: https://bit.ly/39PZXoqListen to Ep 15 LtGen Karsten Heckl: https://bit.ly/3ckkm5KPhoto of 2nd Marine Division Basic Daily Routine Letter: https://bit.ly/3uUhumH What is Moments in Leadership?Moments in Leadership is a podcast where you will hear firsthand about the careers of senior military leaders as they share their unique and individual experiences. Moments in Leadership will immerse you in real-life stories where you will learn about the challenging situations these accomplished leaders faced and discover the lessons they learned early in their careers that were the most influential in developing their overall leadership style.  Conceptualized by a group of friends who served together as young officers in the early to mid-1990s sitting around a firepit telling funny leadership stories, Moments in Leadership is designed to provide some relatable context to the formal leadership training leaders of all ranks and services receive throughout their military careers through the power of storytelling. Connect with Us:Visit our website: https://www.themiloffice.comFollow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/themiloffice  Other Podcasts Interviews with David B. ArmstrongFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 141 https://apple.co/3Ppz4GUFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 60 https://apple.co/3Pi128cFormer Action Guys Podcast EP 54 https://apple.co/3Pi128c About the Host:David B. Armstrong, CFA, is President and Co-Founder of Monument Wealth Management, an independent wealth management firm he started in 2008 in Alexandria, Va. David received his B.A. from the University of South Carolina in Government & International Relations and his MBA at the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business in International Finance. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Navy ROTC program and served on Active Duty in the Marine Corps from 1990-1997 as an Artillery Officer and then received a secondary MOS as a Tank Officer. He re-entered the Selected Marine Corps Reserves in 2003 and served in several billets across the Artillery, Tank, and Light Armored Reconnaissance communities. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in late 2018.
LtGen Karsten S. Heckl, USMC - Addressing Force Design 2030, Death in Aviator/Combat Training, and Risk Assessment
27-06-2022
LtGen Karsten S. Heckl, USMC - Addressing Force Design 2030, Death in Aviator/Combat Training, and Risk Assessment
Listen in as we discuss leadership through the lens of Force Design 2030 as it continues to take shape and what this means for the future of the Marine Corps. Personally, I believe changing the Marine Corps to meet our pacing threats is imperative, but others think differently. So, we’re addressing both sides of the debate.  The U.S. Marine Corps’ updated Force Design 2030 plans continue to make investments in lethality, but with a particular emphasis on loitering munitions and other technology that can add range and precision to what the infantry and artillery communities use today. According to the U.S. Marine Corps, the work of redesigning the Marine Corps is threat informed, concept based, and accountable to a campaign of learning. Strategic guidance calls for a Marine Corps able to survive and thrive inside contested spaces. Developed concepts are tested through experimentation and wargaming. Integrated planning teams study and analyze the concepts for validation and refinement. You won’t want to miss Heckl’s perspectives on Force Design 2030, especially if you’re a critic, as well as the stories and insights from the leaders and experiences that have shaped him into the 3-star Marine officer and aviator he is today. He sheds light on what he’s learned from leadership failures, how young leaders can set the conditions for leadership success, and why you need to embrace the role of risk in military leadership. We also highlight the importance of humility, taking responsibility for your mistakes, building off-ramps in your training missions, and so much more.Episode Timeline/Key Highlights:[01:52] Introducing Lieutenant General Karsten S. Heckl & the topic of today’s episode: Force Design 2030[06:34] Reflecting on the first 5 years of Heckl’s Marine Corps career[12:06] The “What now, Lieutenant?” Moment: When the leader is gone, how do you step up as a leader?[14:15] The first time Heckl felt pride as a senior leader[16:34] Advice for emerging military leaders on how to create the conditions for success & Is there room for military leaders to assume more risk?[31:00] The story of a time when Heckl failed & How he and his leaders handled it[38:59] Moral courage vs. Battlefield courage & The danger of exhaustion and not assessing risk[52:55] Addressing the high probability of witnessing death in aviator and combat training & How to handle the death of a close friend[1:00:05] What critical role does the Marine Corps Reserves play in the future of the Marines and Force Design 2030? What purpose and potential do leaders in the Reserves have?[1:06:07] Collaboration of skills and knowledge through social media/Instagram[1:08:00] How do new leaders train for combined arms and Force Design 2030?[1:11:37] Given the recent criticism by retired Marine officers, how does a young leader explain to their Marines that Force Design 2030 is something they need to embrace and train to? Does this criticism and debate help or harm us?[1:17:14] Research studies, experiments, conclusions, and FMF feedback the Marine Corps has done/received on Force Design 2030[1:26:41] Why Force Design 2030 is exciting for young leaders & Heckl’s vision of the future of the Marine Corps[1:32:16] How does a new NCO or Lieutenant train to the Force Design 2030 mission when the trainers have no experience with it?[1:35:34] What would you say to the officers you might work with that don’t agree with Force Design 2030? How do we extend an olive branch to those that disagree with us?Relevant Resources:Learn more about Force Design 2030: https://bit.ly/3OYkxCbRead about the newest updates to Force Design 2030: https://bit.ly/3yksD2kRead about Operation Eastern Exit: https://bit.ly/39UidNyListen to MIL with Major General Dale Alford: https://bit.ly/3Nn9rW3Listen to Ep 11 with David G. Bellon, LtGen: https://bit.ly/3A45RwLListen to Ep 5 with Bob ‘Boomer’ Milstead, LtGen: Part I: https://bit.ly/3OYls5BPart II: https://bit.ly/3bt4jT0Listen to Ep 9 with Ron Boxall, VADM: https://bit.ly/3Nmn3R6  WHAT IS MOMENTS IN LEADERSHIP?Moments in Leadership is a podcast where you will hear firsthand about the careers of senior military leaders as they share their own unique and individual experiences. Moments in Leadership will immerse you in real-life stories where you will learn about the challenging situations these accomplished leaders faced and discover the lessons they learned early in their careers that were the most influential to developing their overall leadership style. Connect with Us:Visit our website: https://www.themiloffice.comFollow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/themiloffice  About the Host:David received his B.A. from the University of South Carolina in Government & International Relations and his MBA at the University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business in International Finance. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Navy ROTC program and served on Active Duty in the Marine Corps from 1990-1997 as an Artillery Officer and then received a secondary MOS as a Tank Officer. He re-entered the Selected Marine Corps Reserves in 2003 and served in several billets across the Artillery, Tank, and Light Armored Reconnaissance communities. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in late 2018.
MajGen Dale Alford, USMC - Leadership in Combat at Every Rank He Has Ever Held
17-05-2022
MajGen Dale Alford, USMC - Leadership in Combat at Every Rank He Has Ever Held
Book mentioned in this episode (not an affiliate link)With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by E. B. Sledge(2012-03-12): Books - AmazonToday, I have Major General Dale Alford, USMC on the podcast. He is currently the commanding general of Training Command in Quantico Virginia, which is not to be confused with training and education command or T com. Training Command touches the entire marine corps both officer and enlisted which includes close to 90, regionally aligned formal learning centers aligned under 17 unique O6 level commands with 15 commanded by marine colonels and two commanded by Navy captains. These learning centers are spread across the continental United states with additional detachments in Hawaii and Okinawa. At any given time there can be more than 28,000 marines and sailors under the command of Major General Alford. This includes both the instructor staff and students. All of these personnel are engaged in training associated with 242 different military occupational specialties. While I certainly can't list all of the formal learning centers, some of the more recognizable ones are officer candidate school, the basic school, the weapons and training battalions, school of infantry both east and West coast, three marine aviation training support groups, the different Marine Corps intelligence schools, Marine corps communication-electronics school, the engineer school, combat service support schools to include the all the different training at Ft Leonard Wood for motor transport and MPs, artillery training at Fort Sill, and field medical training battalions which train our corpsman on both the East and West Coast, and the assault amphibian school.