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Named for the ubiquitous government-issued, hardcover notebooks seen in the hands of servicemembers worldwide - This podcast dives into the notebooks of military leaders, business professionals, authors, and entertainers to examine lessons that will help listeners lead with the best version of themselves.
33 Episodes
Brett McKay sits down with Joe to share the story behind why he started The Art of Manliness website and how the site grew from a hobby to a full-time job for both him and his wife Kate. He also discusses the importance of focusing on family culture and shares weekly family events that he and Kate use to be intentional with their family life. 
The CEO of LEADx and author of Great Leaders Have No Rules, Kevin Kruse discusses contrarian leadership principles that many leaders overlook.  Kevin and Joe talk about the downsides of having an open door policy, the problem with leaders wanting to be liked,  and the pitfalls of leaders valuing being bullet proof over being vulnerable. They also discuss why standards are more important for rules and other ideas leaders can incorporate to build a strong culture in their organizations. 
Professor Nancy Sherman has spent decades working with military leaders on ethics, PTSD, moral injury, and suicide prevention. In this episode, she explains how an ancient philosophy can help service members and first responders work through traumatic experiences. She also discusses why community is so important for developing resiliency and grit, and finally, why we all should try a little bit harder developing our empathy for others.   
Joe sits down with Sebastian Junger to discuss his latest book, Freedom, and examine what this word means in modern society. In discussing the book, Junger recounts his 400-mile journey along east coast railroad lines while dodging police officers, sleeping under bridges, and walking through tough neighborhoods. They also talk about why combat deployments are such a powerful force in the lives of those who’ve experienced them. Finally, Junger shares leadership lessons he observed when embedded with the Northern Alliance before 9/11 and U.S Military units after 9/11.
Dr. Micah Zenko, author of Red Team: How to Succeed By Thinking Like the Enemy, explains why red teaming is an important practice for any organization. Joe and Micah discuss organizational blindspots, the best practices for finding them, and how red teamers can provide constructive feedback. Additionally, Micah shares techniques for leaders to become better critical thinkers.  
Retired Army Lieutenant General and former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster explains why military leaders need to study the past to gain clarity in the present and also shares a career worth of lessons to include why the Battle of 73 Easting taught him about the importance of tough, realistic training. Finally, he spends a few minutes talking about the mindset he adopted before he stepped into the role of the National Security Advisor and how he dealt with the stressors that came along with that position. 
Recently retired naval aviator Jack “Farva” Curtis shares his thoughts on the importance of culture and why diversity of thought is needed to create winning teams. Additionally, he discusses the benefits of flattening organizations and reflects on why leaders should study ideas outside their area of expertise. Jack's written several widely read articles over the years to include "The Map on the Wall," "Let's Talk about the Burden of Command," and "Winning Cultures Worlds Apart."
Joe sits down with 2x Super Bowl Champion and former NFL place kicker Lawrence Tynes to discuss the lessons he learned over the course of his NFL career. Tynes emphasizes the importance of preparation when being called upon to perform in high pressure situations. He explains why a team's culture is more important than the talent in the locker room. Lawrence also passes along the wisdom he learned from coaches and players to include Tom Coughlin and NFL Hall of Famer Michael Strahan. 
General Miller talks about the lessons he's learned over the past 38 years of service. He discusses crucible moments that shaped him, including a firefight in Mogadishu in October 1993 where he served as the assault force commander. He also shares how these crucible moments have influenced him as the current commander of forces in Afghanistan and for his latest undertaking, preparing to fully withdraw US and Coalition Forces from Afghanistan after an almost two-decade long campaign. Finally, General Miller discusses the important role reading and fitness have played in making him a better leader. 
The team sits down with Donald Robertson, author of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius. Robertson explains the origins of the philosophy,  why Stoicism has survived for the last 2300 years, and it's useful for leaders today. 
The team sits down with P.W. Singer to discuss his latest book, Burn-In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution. He dives into some of the technologies from the book, the difference between useful fiction and science fiction, and why he says useful fiction is like a smoothie packed full of intellectual vitamins.   
Joe interviews the head coach for the Missouri Tigers football team, Eliah Drinkwitz. Coach Drinkwitz discusses his approach coming into a new football program and cautions against the one mistake that leaders can make that will quickly erode trust. He also shares some practical advice on communication, avoiding the trappings of ego, and investing in players on and off the field.  
Joe talks with Walter Isaacson about his newest book The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race. Walter explains the science behind gene editing and the ethical and scientific implications for humans. They also discuss the importance of remaining curious and many of the other lessons Walter has learned writing books to include Leonardo da Vinci; The Innovators; Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography. 
Joe interviews WWE Hall of Famer Diamond Dallas Page about his wrestling career, the work required to become an eight-year “overnight success,” and the role others played in helping him rise to the top of his profession. Dallas and Joe also discuss the importance of fitness and the benefits of Dallas’ personal fitness program: DDP YOGA.
Joe sits down with retired Air Force Colonel Merryl Tengsdal to discuss piloting the famed U2 spy plane. There are less than 1500 qualified pilots since the program’s inception in 1955, and he shares her experiences as the only African American woman in its ranks.  She also discusses her debut as a contestant on Season 2 of CBS’ Tough as Nails which airs Wednesday Nights
Joe sits down with Michelle Hughes and Valerie Nostrant, a mother and daughter who share a legacy of service in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division. The pair discusses their outlook on leadership and life in the Army and what it's like for them to share the bond of service.  
Joe and Jacob sit down with Dr. Kori Schake, the Director of Defense and Foreign Policy Studies at American Enterprise Institute, a D.C.-based think tank. She shares her story about climbing the ladder in the National Security field and some of the more prominent lessons of her career. Kori  discusses what she means when she challenges leaders to “read promiscuously” and how leaders can improve their ability to think differently.
Joe and Jacob sit down with organizational psychologist, David Burkus to learn how to have better meetings. He is the best-selling author of four books about business and leadership. His insights on leadership and teamwork have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, USAToday, Fast Company, the Financial Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, CNN, the BBC, NPR, and CBS This Morning. Since 2017, Burkus has been ranked as one of the world’s top business thought leaders by Thinkers50. As a sought-after international speaker, his TED Talk has been viewed over 2 million times. 
Joe and Jacob sit down with the Outgoing Director of the Army Talent Management Task Force to discuss the Commander Assessment Program. Major General JP McGee talks about the genesis of the program, the results and trends over the last two years, and talks about how his outlook on talent has changed in the process.
Jacob and Joe discuss leadership lessons with MajGen Frank Donovan, Commander of 2nd Marine Division. During the discussion, MajGen Donovan reflects on the importance of not giving up, when your military career takes an unexpected turn. The team also talks about why leaders need to be willing to have difficult conversations in their organizations.
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