The WarriorU Podcast
Episode 59 - The Extras - Shaun Barry

Episode 59 - The Extras - Shaun Barry

July 14, 2019

This week on the WarriorU Podcast, ex Special Forces Officer Bram Connolly talks to Shaun Barry the founder of Extra Specialists. Shaun saw a gap in the entertainment industry of suitably trained extras for roles in the military, emergency services and first responder space. So, he reached out and created a network to answer the call. As if that wasn't enough, Shaun is developing a Veteran production company to give veterans a voice and to showcase their diverse talents. Shaun's story is truely from the Frontline, to the Coalface, to the Silver-screen. He had to hit rock bottom before he could break himself free and create a life worth living.

Episode 58 - Liam O’Connor

Episode 58 - Liam O’Connor

July 7, 2019

This week on the WarriorU Podcast, Bram talks to Liam O'Connor the group Health, Safety, Environment and Quality manager for Tasman Rope Access. They are an Australian owned and operated company that specialises in complete rope access, fixed plant maintenance and installation solutions. They provide services on a nationwide scale, with offices based in Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane. They see the recruitment of ADF Veterans as a key part of the hiring strategy and are passionate about the issues faced by transitioning veterans. We talk about how veterans can set themselves up for success in the HSE space, we discuss FIFO work, mental health and work life balance.

In 2018 Liam was awarded the national ‘Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award’ by the Australian Institute of Health and Safety for his work with an internal ‘social impact program’; a nationwide business initiative that provides internationally recognised training and long-term employment opportunities to Indigenous Australians, females and transitioning Australian Defence Force veterans. Liam has also been previously independently nominated and shortlisted for both the ‘Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Awards’ and Australian Mining’s ‘Emerging Leader of the Year’.

Episode 57 - Leading Friends - Bram Connolly

Episode 57 - Leading Friends - Bram Connolly

July 1, 2019

In this episode of the WarriorU Podcast, Bram Connolly drops another Knowledge Bomb. A knowledge bomb is a theory or skill unpacked and explained in under ten minutes. This Knowledge Bomb is about leading friends, can you do it and if you can how to set the conditions for it to be successful. Remember to leave a review wherever you listen to your podcasts to be in the running for a ticket to the 2019 Extreme Ownership Echelon Muster.

Episode 56 - Sue McGready CSC - Defence Recruiting

Episode 56 - Sue McGready CSC - Defence Recruiting

June 24, 2019

This week on the WarriorU podcast Bram talks to Air Commodore Sue McGready CSC. They discuss women in combat, recruitment target facts and myths, the changing face of the Australian Defence Force due to the acceleration of technology, as well as the changes happening in the ADF which reflect the changes in our modern society. They also discuss leadership and resilience too, reflecting on Sir Angus Houston and other senior leaders who espouse the type of authentic leadership that is synonymous with the Australian Defence Force.

Episode 55 - Sleep 4 performance

Episode 55 - Sleep 4 performance

June 15, 2019

This week on the WarriorU podcast Bram talks to Ian Dunican PhD on how sleep effects performance. Ian has 20 years international professional experience in health, safety and business improvement in the military, mining, rail, oil & gas and utilities. He is the Director of Melius Consulting and Sleep4Performance and a researcher with the University of Western Australia where he has worked with elite sporting organisations and their athletes to optimise performance. Ian has led and guided health, safety and business improvement projects in a range of diverse international locations. 

Episode 54 - Mining Leadership? Reece and Bram

Episode 54 - Mining Leadership? Reece and Bram

June 10, 2019

Another road trip and another podcast. Bram and Reece (The Patron Saint of common sense) talk ADF leadership and the similarities between that and leadership in the mining sector. Leadership super powers are covered in the back end of the podcast too, with the promise to devote a whole podcast to this topic in the future. This was recoded at 5am between Charters Towers and Townsville; and a word of warning - it starts slow and then after a few coffees the lads hit their straps.

Episode 53 - Knowledge Bomb - Values

Episode 53 - Knowledge Bomb - Values

June 5, 2019

A Knowledge Bomb is a theory or skill unpacked and explained in under ten minutes. This Knowledge Bomb is about Values. Bram explains his personal values and then explains how to explain them. He discusses the Tactical Assault group East values and then asks you to ruminate over your own values. Remember to leave a review wherever you listen to your podcasts to be in the running for a ticket to the 2019 Extreme Ownership Echelon Muster.

Episode 52 - Bram and Reece - TULLY

Episode 52 - Bram and Reece - TULLY

June 3, 2019

In this episode of the WarriorU podcast Reece and Bram discuss their experiences at The Land Command Battle School, TULLY, as it was known “back in the day”. The training establishment is located in Far North Queensland, and is home to the Australian Army’s experts in jungle warfare. Their primary role is to deliver basic and advanced jungle warfare training to dismounted Combat Team sized organisations. Bram and Reece have fond memories that can only be attributed to their advancing years, because any sane person would tell you that it's hot, wet, miserable and everything is trying to bite or sting you. However, maybe that’s just the point. This is a road trip, so strap yourself in and enjoy the journey down memory lane.

Episode 51 - Knowledge Bomb - Team Resilience

Episode 51 - Knowledge Bomb - Team Resilience

May 28, 2019

Team Resilience - Knowledge Bomb.

A Knowledge Bomb is a theory or skill unpacked and explained in under ten minutes. This Knowledge Bomb is about Team Resilience, the three component parts that make up team resilience, a story about a night patrol in “The Ghan” and how to best sweep clean a set of stairs. Remember to leave a review wherever you listen to your podcasts to be in the running for a ticket to the 2019 Extreme Ownership Echelon Muster.

Episode 50 - Jocko Willink - Leadership

Episode 50 - Jocko Willink - Leadership

May 27, 2019

On this episode of the WarriorU Podcast I talk to Jocko Willink.
I couldn't think of anyone better to mark the 50th Episode.

Jocko is a retired United States Navy Seal Commander. He is now the Co-Owner, along with Leif Babin, of the consultancy company Echelon Front and the creator of his own Podcast too. As if that wasn't enough; Jocko is the owner of Victory MMA & Fitness in San Diego and author of the books Extreme Ownership, Discipline Equals Freedom and the Dichotomy of Leadership, as well as the children’s series “Way of the Warrior Kid”.

Oh and of course a BJJ Black Belt.

Bram and Jocko discuss leadership lessons, leadership in combat, personal and team resilience, surfing, BJJ, women in combat roles and the upcoming Echelon Front MUSTER in Sydney this December 2019.

Jocko is a natural leader and he's also learned a lot about leadership while in combat; and in the years that followed consulting to the private sector.

This is a must listen for anyone who aspires to become a better leader.