It requires a willingness to forego what you once believed to be “right” and embrace the possibility that maybe, just maybe, there’s a new right out there. A different right from what you once believed that broadens your thinking as to what could be. This is a subjugation of ego and exercise in humility, and last I checked, there wasn’t an over abundance of humble people in the world.
Quite the contrary.
Having said that, I also believe in sharing lessons learned.
That’s why I write.
That’s why I speak.
And that’s why I podcast.
Hell, that’s why I coach and consult on team and leadership development–for the simple fact that there are like-minded people out there who share the same beliefs:
1. Mediocrity sucks
2. Complacency kills
3. Improve daily–your competitors do.
Every week I share lessons learned from “chaos,” which I define as unplanned or unexpected change.
Now, chaos can be a good thing, it can be a bad thing–that depends on your mindset and your goals.
However, I’m a firm believer that There's opportunity in chaos.
If you think so too, or would like to learn how to exploit the opportunity from “chaos,” you can do one of two things (or both):
- Tune into my weekly podcast The Chaos Cast on iTunes
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If you just want to learn some random things about me, I’ve done my best to think of THE MOST RANDOM events in my life that have been:
Of course, I suppose we could boil all the above down into memorable, because if something is memorable then chances are it was also funny/impactful/inspirational/learnable…
Anyway, here’s some random craziness from my life that you probably didn’t know (and probably some things you don’t want to, beginning with #1):
#1. When I was 10, I remember eating sandwich on the beach in Canada (I’m not Canadian. Just sayin’). I strolling happily along, eager to make (yet) another sand castle when a seagull swooped down out of nowhere, plucked my sandwich out of my hand, circled back, and shit on my head. True story.
#2. I studied Spanish in college because I wanted to go to SEAL Team 4 since at the time SEAL Team 4 was the Latin American working team. I figured that if I went to ST4, I’d see action because of all the drug interdictions. Well, I went to SEAL Team, and my first deployment was to Europe (we did manage to hit 14 or so countries). Good job.
#3. In college I did two study abroad programs–one to Ecuador, another to Spain. In Ecuador I climbed Cotopaxi–the second highest active volcano in the world–three days after getting out of the hospital for food poisoning (never trust a fart outside of the United States–that’s a good rule of thumb). In Spain I did a bunch of crazy shit, with the craziest being running with the bulls while completely hammered. Then I ate a guinea pig.
#4. My last seven deployments were to nothing but war zones (and I got shot on two of them).
#5. Yes, it’s true I thought of Rambo in First Blood during my first parachute cutaway–which was subsequently followed by a successful jump and then followed by another cutaway. The same day.
#6. My 3rd and 4th parachute cutaways were not in the same day, but they were back to back which still sucked.
#7. I went to a Muay Thai camp in Thailand for two weeks for a vacation. It hurt–a lot. I got my ass kicked again and again by these little Thai fuckers who moved faster than any human should be able to move. After that, I decided to fight in my off time from the Teams.
#8. I never planned on writing, it just sort of found me. I don’t know exactly what an adverb does, what a preterite is or a subjunctive clause (and yes, I just Googled both of those) because I don’t care. I write what comes to mind and just happen to know how to spell and assemble it in a way that makes sense–sometimes.
#9. I don’t have a favorite NFL team, favorite basketball or baseball team, or really any professional sports team for that matter. TV bores the crap out of me. Whether or not somebody runs and puts a ball in an end zone or dunks it in a hole or knocks it out of the park has no bearing on me or what I do, so I don’t pay attention to it.
Prior to co-founding Chaos Advantage, Jeff was a Navy SEAL at the highest level where, across 8 deployments, his top military awards included: 4 bronze stars with valor, 2 purple hearts, 2 presidential unit citations, and 6 combat action ribbons, among others.
Complementary to leadership and team coaching and consulting, Jeff designs and delivers leadership workshops, seminars and online courses. His background in special operations and management consulting bring an unparalleled perspective into high performance at the individual, team, and organizational levels.
He is a weekly contributor to Forbes and Entrepreneur as well as host of the weekly podcast The ChaosCast, which shares leadership lessons from chaos.
Jeff is a founding team member of the SEAL Future Fund, a non-profit that integrates former and transitioning SEALS into the business sector. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Spanish from The Ohio State University, a Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership from Norwich University, and a certificate in Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance from George Mason University.
Jeff is co-founder of The Adaptability Metric, a proprietary tool that measures individual disposition toward change, as well as a business advisor to a Miami-based tech company, PropelU. He is certified in administering, interpreting, and implementing the Hogan Business Reasoning Inventory (HBRI) as well as the Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-I). Finally, Jeff both educates and entertains by way of speaking engagements through the prestigious Harry Walker Agency speaker’s bureau, where previous speeches entailed “Navigating Chaos,” “Driving Change,” and “The SEAL Mindset.”
A busy man, Jeff is the author of Navigating Chaos: How To Find Certainty In Uncertain Situations and Managing The Mental Game: How To Think More Effectively, Navigate Uncertainty, And Build Mental Fortitude.
Inquire about speaking opportunities with Jeff here.