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Our host Joe Byerly will extract valuable lessons from some amazing people from all walks of life. We will discuss the importance of habits, mentorship, life-long learning, mindfulness, and the effects of ego on a team.

Season 1 


Episode 1- And It Begins. An interview with Joe Byerly. Jacob and Joe talk about the podcast, the blog, professional reading, writing, and leader development.

Episode 2- Tattooed on Your Brain. Jacob and Joe talk with Michael B. McClellan about the habits he adopted to write his debut novel The Sand Sea. Under the mentorship of Steven Pressfield, Michael spent 12 years working on his book while being a full-time lawyer, father, and husband. Listen to this episode for insights on how to make time for that important project you keep putting off. Also, they will explore the role that mentorship plays in our lives.

Episode 3- Leading in the Moment (Part 1). Jacob and Joe interview Adam Robinson in this special two-part series. Adam is a rated chess master who was mentored by Bobby Fischer in the 18 months leading up to Bobby winning the World Chess Championship. He’s also the cofounder of the Princeton Review and his book Cracking the System: The SAT is the only test-prep book to have become a NY Times Best Seller. In Part 1, Adam talks with the team about being present with others, finding purpose, and overcoming depression.

Episode 4- Creating a Culture that Endures. In this special Veterans Day episode, Jacob sits down with Brigadier General Steve Marks, the Deputy Commanding General of 1st Special Forces Command, to talk about the importance of being a life-long learner, having goals and a purpose, balancing a career with a family, and how Marks’ mentors influenced him throughout his military career.

Episode 5- Leading in the Moment (Part 2). In the second half of Joe and Jacob’s interview with Adam, he covers a variety of topics to include great leader traits and why reading a book ten times is better than reading ten books once.

Episode 6- Knowing Your Story. acob and Joe sit down with Shannon Huffman Polson, author of Grit Factor: Courage, Resilience, and Leadership in the Most-Male Dominated Organization in the World. In this episode Shannon shares her experiences being one of the first female Apache pilots in the U.S. Army and offers advice to leaders on how men and women can work together to create strong cultures in their organizations. They also talk about the importance of knowing your story to develop grit when navigating uncertainty.

Episode 7-Why We Should Say Less. Jacob and Joe sit down with Joe McCormack author of Brief: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less and founder of The Brief Lab to discuss the importance of communication for leaders. Listeners will learn why saying less is critical to communicating ideas, how to give better presentations, and how to write better emails.

Episode 8-Don’t Let Great Get in the Way of Good. Jacob and Joe sit down with Jerry Depizzo of the band O.A.R. and talk about leadership, teamwork, and the habits that have made O.A.R successful over the last 20 years. Jerry also talks about how he balances making music and touring with being a husband and a father. This is a great episode for leaders trying to figure out how to balance professional and personal responsibilities.

Special Episode- An Underdog Story. In this special holiday edition of the podcast, Jacob and Joe talk with Professor Harry Laver about one of the most important events of the Revolutionary War. Professor Laver walks them through the evening of December 25, 1776 when Washington and his forces crossed the Delaware River. Learn about what really happened that night and why Washington is a leader worth studying today.

Season 2

Episode 1- General Joe Votel (U.S. Army, Ret.): The Basics Matter. In this episode, General Joseph Votel (U.S. Army, Ret.) provides a candid discussion on the challenges of strategic decision-making and risk management. He also emphasizes the importance of role modeling in leadership, highlighting some of the role models who shaped his career.

Episode2- Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers- Hedonistic AdaptationJacob and Joe talk with Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers about leadership, authenticity, and managing relationships while touring the world or deployed in the military. Wesley also talks about how a family member’s addiction has affected him and provides advice for those who are going through similar struggles. 

Episode 3: Major General Frank Donovan-The Importance of Asking Why. The team discusses 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.

Episode 4: Major General JP McGee- The Battalion Commander Assessment Program Results Explained. The team sits 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 shares how his outlook on talent has changed in the process.

Episode 5: How to Have Better Meetings -David Burkus.

The team sits 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.





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From the Green Notebook Partners with Emblem Athletic and Alpha Coffee

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Out the gate, we’ve also got two awesome sponsors, our main sponsor is Emblem Athletic. They’re a veteran owned business that specializes in making it easy for you to make quality custom unit shirts and gear that lasts—and they take care of everything – including free shipping worldwide.

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We’ve also got amazing support from veteran-owned Alpha Coffee Company. Their coffee is premium 100% freshly roasted arabica coffee. Since their founding, Alpha Coffee has donated over 18.7k bags of coffee to deployed troops. They also offer 10% military discounts and 10% discounts for subscriptions. Purchase their coffee today from their online store or via Amazon prime.

For more information on the podcast or sponsorship opportunities contact Joe[at]fromthegreennotebook.com