This week on the WarriorU Podcast Bram reads the first chapter of his upcoming leadership book, The Commando Way. The Foreword is written by legendary Aussie Rules coach Paul Roos with follow on comments from Major General Mike Hindmarsh and General Stanley McChrystal and with praise from previously serving officers and soldiers alike. This chapter is all about giving yourself no other option and describes those first weeks of the Army as they play out at Kapooka: The home of the soldier.
This week on the WarriorU Podcast Bram Connolly talks to comedian, radio host, media consultant and all around not a bad bloke Merrick Watts. There wouldn’t be too many Australians out there who haven’t heard of Merrick. He was under constant radio contract for over twenty years, prolific on TV comedy shows, frequented comedy festivals all over Australia and was selfless in visiting Australian troops in the Middle East.
When not the hardest worker in any room, Merrick is a wine connoisseur, a military history buff and makes an amazing potato gnocchi, as well as being a great dad and a husband.
This episode is the greatest and best podcast episode – TRIBUTE.
Merrick unlocks two decades of radio industry experience to help refine Bram’s podcast and add value to the audience. They discuss the modern parameters for entertainment that has changed the way people can reach their tribes.
There’s something in this episode for everyone; from, fast movers providing an enemy with a show of force down Afghan Valleys, the legitimate social media lessons being shown by Brown Cardigan, being owned on the mats by a previous American College wrestling champion, as being choked out by Paul Cale in the Sergeants Mess of 2nd Commando Regiment.
This one is so good.
This week on the WarriorU Podcast Bram Connolly talks to Australian criminal and human rights lawyer, retired British Army officer, author, professional speaker and hostage survivor Rabia Siddique.
In 2005 Rabia was sent on a mission to Basra in order to negotiate the release of two British Special Forces Soldiers. Not long after her arrival, the compound was stormed by an angry mob who had been mobilised by Iranian backed insurgents. Another military officer and a further group of four SAS soldiers were subsequently detained in the chaos. 8 hours later they would all be freed by British forces, but not before Rabia had been subjected to the most harrowing treatment at the hands of the local police.
This would seem to be the life test that would define Rabia; however, the true test would come almost 18 months later when Rabia, who had exhausted all other options to have her role in the rescue of the soldiers acknowledged, took her case for discrimination against the UK Ministry of Defence to the highest court in the UK – which she won.
Rabia shares her story of resilience and in particular the lessons that she learnt from being held hostage that could then be applied for when the real fight would begin.
This mid-week special of the WarriorU Podcast is around humility. Bram Connolly outlines how humility helps a leader to create safe environments for diversity of thought.
Episode 93 - LTCOL Dave Grossman - Are modern warriors better at killing and can we predict who will recover from combat?
This week on the WarriorU Podcast Bram Connolly talks to LTCOL Dave Grossman about his best selling books and the research behind them. "On Killing and On Combat" provide combat forces and first responders with a window into the psychology of combat, stress and the bodies natural responses. The pair discuss how soldiers are trained to kill and how some of this training has spilled over into the general population. They discuss strategies to help mitigate the stress impacts of violence on soldiers and first responders and they discuss the effects of technology on children; in particular how they're bullied through social media platforms.
Remember; as always - "you're your most important mission."
Ep 92 - Dan MacPherson - Control what you can control and manage the variables - a formula for success.
This week Bram Connolly talks to actor, ironman triathlete and all-round good bloke Daniel Macpherson. Fresh from starring as Sergeant Samuel Wyatt in the acclaimed international HBO/SKY action series Strike Back, Dan describes the stress of living far away from home, out of a suitcase, and fully immersed in demanding roles months at a time. If you’ve ever served in the Defence Force this would not sound that unfamiliar to you. In fact, the similarities don’t stop there; Dan gives us an understanding of how actors become exhausted in their trade.
Dan describes how triathlon was a source of strength and grounding. When all the other events in his life would be uncertain, he had the weekly grind of run, swim or bike training to fall back on. Then, in the middle of the marathon of the Roth Ironman, he had the realisation that he had to finally choose between giving himself completely to the sport he loves or to the career he wanted. We then get an amazing insight from one of Australia’s most highly regarded leading actors. “Nail everything that’s in your control, because by controlling the controllable and managing the variables you have the best chance of success.”
With this as the backdrop, we discuss intelligence, hard work and commitment and the relationship between these and the distinct benefits of rounding out all three. We talk about leadership in the world of television and the arts and Dan shares the discovery that an actor’s expectations of themselves and others can often suppress the magic of creativity. I think you’ll agree with me that this one is so good.
Image - thanks to Cinemax/Sky
Intro Music - thanks to Sam James @imsamjames
This week on the WarriorU Podcast I talk to Australian actor Joel Jackson. The underlying theme of the podcast is “Growth vs Success” in what is a very public industry. If ever there is a podcast that embodies David Epstein’s theory that “generalists” thrive in a “specialist’s” world, then this is it.
Joel is known for his roles; Peter Allen in Peter Allen; Not the Boy Next Door and Charles Bean in Deadline Gallipoli. Joel and I discuss his upbringing in North Western Australia, including how he dealt with bullying in that remote location, and how he realised how culturally limited his understanding was when he finally arrived in Sydney to attend NIDA.
In 2014 Joel won the role of Charles Bean in Foxtel's Deadline Gallipoli alongside Sam Worthington. In 2015 the show aired to rave reviews from the critics and public alike, recognised with 8 AACTA nominations in 2015, including Best Actor for Joel's role as Charles Bean. Also at the beginning of 2015 Joel filmed Channel 7's miniseries biopic of the famed entertainer, Peter Allen in Peter Allen; Not the Boy Next Door playing the title role. The show was recognised as one of the best TV dramas of the year garnering 10 AACTA nominations in total, including Best Actor for Joel's depiction of Peter Allen.
My favourite part of the podcast (other than me singing to Joel) was his tips for how to be resilient in the face of no!
Joel is grounded, gifted and authentic. This one is so good!
This week on the WarriorU Podcast Bram talks with Geoffrey Woo, the CEO and Joint Founder of Health Via Modern Nutrition (HVMN).
This is Geoff’s second time on the WarriorU podcast, you may remember that he was a guest way back on episode 32. He approaches nutrition from his computer science background and he’s another guy who’s super- power is positivity.
During the podcast they talk all about ketosis and the application of ketone ester drinks, they discuss Ben Greenfield and his N=1 experiments, they play around with the idea that Vegans and Carnivores might actually all be on to something… and they of course tackle some thoughts around the Corona Virus.
As always, the podcast is being sponsored by Aussie Strength and Ironside Coffee as well as the gold folks at The Work Health and Safety Experts
This one is so good!
Episode 89 - Bram Connolly - As a leader, How do you develop ‘Resilience & Bounce’ in your team? Good military storytelling!
This week on the WarriorU Podcast, Bram talks to Stephanie Christopher, the CEO of the Executive Connection (TEC). Listen to their podcast and check out TEC Podcast for more great business and leadership content.
Special Forces Veteran, Bram Connolly, demonstrates the three fundamental pillars for every leader (Preparation, Communication and Positivity) through his unique art of story telling drawing from real life experiences over his 20 year career in the Australian Defence Force, 15 years' of which were spent in the Australian Special Forces!
This week on the WarriorU podcast Bram talks to Ben Logan. Ben is the founder of Logan Lore, a modern experiential leadership company based out of New Zealand. Their mission is to forge more capable humans through their one of a kind Performance & Survival Courses. Providing groups & individuals with the mindsets, skills & knowledge to thrive in a modern world.
Bram and Ben discuss resilience and mental toughness, starting with the question “have we lost the ability to be truly human?”. Ben explains cold water immersion and what it does to the body and the mind and he explains their unique methodology to creating experienced based adventures that strengthen bonds between participants.
This one is so good.