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S3, Ep 27: MAJ. GEN. David Hodne- Culture, Character, and Communication

The commanding general of the 4th Infantry Division, Major General David Hodne joins the show to discuss the lessons he’s learned shaping the complex cultures of the organizations he’s lead in the military. He shares stories about changing the way privates meet their drill sergeants on the first day of basic training, how character counts more than resume, and how he develops leaders in the 4th Infantry Division. Finally, he explains why communication is an important skill for leaders to develop.     

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What Books Taught Me in 2021

What Books Taught Me in 2021

By Joe Byerly with Cassie Crosby

For almost a decade, I’ve published a year-end reading list as an effort to promote a practice I find so valuable. Three years ago, I morphed this list into an annual reading reflection. It’s become my favorite (and toughest) post to write every year.

While reflecting on 2021, I identified five lessons that emerged over the course of the year. These lessons go beyond performing at a higher level at work- they helped me become a better person. I hope that in sharing these with you, you might decide to take a few moments to reflect on your own lessons or purchase one of these great books for your own developmental journey. Here are the big takeaways from my year:

We become by doing

We all love the idea of being something. We love the idea of being leaders, being musicians, being in relationships -or at least we seem to until sh*t gets hard. Popular author Seth Godin calls the part where it gets hard, the Dip. In his book, The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (And When to Stick), he writes, “The Dip is the long stretch between beginner’s luck and real accomplishment. The Dip is the set of artificial screens set up to keep people like you out.” Only by doing can we actually become the thing we really want to be, and the Dip helps us decide.

S3,E15: Charles Feltman- The Trust Episode

Charles Feltman, author of The Thin Book of Trust  sits down with Joe and explains how trust is a competency that can be learned, improved, and practiced regularly. They also discuss Charles’ four assessment domains of trust (care, sincerity, reliability, and competence) and why understanding these domains is necessary for leaders to increase team cohesion and effectiveness.

S3,E14: Kyle Stark- Creating a Culture of Development

Kyle Stark joins the show to talk about his experiences helping professional baseball players and coaches develop their inner and outer game. Kyle shares how he navigated the tension between development and performance during his time with the Pittsburgh Pirates and gives leaders some insights into how they can drive a culture of development for the teams they lead.