This week on the WarriorU Podcast Bram talks to Declan Redmond. Declan was an operator in the 2nd Commando Regiment during a time of unprecedented activity. Serving on multiple tours in the Green Role companies in Afghanistan and also operationally as a member of Tactical Assault Group East, Declan has a wealth of experience. We discuss his tours, working with the DEA, mental fitness, team resilience, women in combat roles and also his businesses with partner Emily Skye. We also briefly discuss his latest venture; Force Element Performance, a new performance nutrition company with his long time friend Nathan Jacobs.
In this episode of the WarriorU Podcast, I discuss transitioning from Defence to the civilian sector with Reece Dewar OAM. We discuss the issues that we identified during our own transitions and we look at how we can best prepare for that transition using the SMEAC planing process to assist in a person's individual transition. It's raw and unscripted and delivered by two veterans who have walked those steps.
This week on the WarriorU Podcast, I am the guest of Alex Lloyd on the Life On The Line Podcast. I talk briefly about my childhood, joining the Army, Recruit and Infantry training, Somalia with the 1st Battalion, Special Forces selection attempt one, Special Forces attempt two, Counter Terrorism training, Afghanistan, combat and a bunch of other stuff. Listen to the podcast here and then head over to their website to listen to other Veteran's stories.
This week on the WarriorU Podcast Bram Connolly DSM talks with Reece Dewar OAM….basically two washed up old Special Forces Officers from the 2nd Commando Regiment answering Facebook Live Questions.
Some of the topics covered includes the Special Forces Direct Recruiting Scheme, eating Army rations for prolonged periods, what to say during selection boards, fight preparation for a special forces career and the first week of Kapooka.
This week on the WarriorU podcast Bram talks to Jeff Micklem.
Jeff is one of the first modern qualified commandos from back in the late 1990s.
He’s now a NSW Firefighter and he has his own YouTube channel and IG account of the same name @homebuiltbyjeff where he posts videos of himself restoring cars.
One of his videos, a 4 minute montage of him working on his Gulf Orange 1974 Porsche 911 had more than half a million views. Jeff describes himself as an average guy who builds his dream car in his garage. Go and check out his video on YouTube and you’ll see that actually Jeff is anything but average. For me he embodies the very values and culture of the Commando Regiment. He sees a problem, visualises a mission, up-skills himself to be successful and continues to fight through set backs and failure.
This week on the WarriorU podcast, Bram talks to Dr Amantha Imber. Amantha is an innovation psychologist, founder of Australia’s leading innovation consultancy Inventium, and co-creator of the Australian Financial Review’s Most Innovative Companies list. With a PhD in organisational psychology, Amantha has helped companies such as Google, Apple, Disney, LEGO, Virgin Australia, Commonwealth Bank and many others innovate more successfully.
Amantha’s thoughts have appeared in Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post, Forbes, Entrepreneur and Fast Company and she is the author of two best-selling books: “The Creativity Formula” and “The Innovation Formula”. In 2016, Amantha was inducted into the Australian Business Women’s Hall of Fame.
This week on the WarriorU podcast, Bram talks to CrossFit Athlete Kari Pearce. Kari is a Halo Neuro Sport ambassador and she discusses training with the Halo product and how she prepares for the CrossFit open and the CrossFit Games. Kari finished 6th last year in the games and this year during the CrossFit open she placed 9th overall, earning herself another spot in the CrossFit games again this year. That’s five years in a row. Kari has a solid gymnastics background winning ten national titles. Solid is probably an understatement, she dominated. When she discovered CrossFit she went from her first training session to competing in the crossFit games in only one year - think about that for a moment. I think you’ll agree that she knows what it takes to be a winner at this level.
In this episode of the WarriorU Podcast, Bram talks to Danny Holzman, the Business Partner Manager from Halo. Halo Neuroscience develops neurotechnology to unlock human potential. Their first product, Halo Sport, stimulates the motor cortex during athletic training to accelerate gains in strength, endurance, and skill. Halo Sport is now live with teams and athletes from the U.S. military, the Olympics, the NFL, the NBA, the MLB, and the NCAA. Halo Neuroscience was founded in 2013 by Dr. Daniel Chao and Dr. Brett Wingeier, and is backed by investors including Andreessen Horowitz, TPG, Lux Capital, and JAZZ Venture Partners.
Next weeks episode is a follow on episode with the American Crossfit Athlete and HALO user Kari Pearce.
This week on the WarriorU Podcast; Bram talks to Adrian Sutter, the founder of an amazing wellness application called Swiss 8.
In 2011, Adrian was given the news that his older sister had terminal cancer. He was an infantry section commander at the time and had a promising career ahead of him; but, as his sister’s health deteriorated his family needed him, so he chose to put his career on hold. He was a combat veteran, having been deployed to Timor and Afghanistan, but when he left the ADF he suddenly found himself without that support network, the institution that had looked after him for so long was now missing in action. After his sister passed away Adrian lived through some of his own darkest of days and along the journey realised that others were having the same issues with separation from the ADF and they needed his help. He had a new mission.
Adrian has since developed Swiss 8, an application to provide structure and meaning back into the lives of those that have left the ADF.
Swiss 8 focuses on the 8 Core Principles of fitness, nutrition, mindfulness, sleep, minimalism, time management, personal growth and discipline. These have all been proven to reduce anxiety and increase a person’s positive outlook in their own respective studies. Swiss 8 combines all of these principles into a holistic model nesting them into a dedicated application. The application teaches the user how to weave these principles into their daily routine, giving them structure, balance and meaning so that they can keep their lives on track.
Such a great initiative.
This week on the WarriorU Podcast, Bram talks to Brad Cooper, the CEO of US Corporate Wellness and Co-Founder of the Catalyst Coaching Institute. Brad is doing a PhD studying Mental Toughness; he’s a legitimate age group triathlete having completed KONA 5 times, and with his racing partner Jerry Schemmel, won the bike race across America (over 3000 miles). Bram and Brad discuss the pillars of mental toughness and how resilience is just the starting point. They investigate how mental toughness can be developed and activated. This episode is for anyone who want to be tougher. If you’re an athlete, a mum or dad, an elite operator or striving to become one - don’t miss this episode on mental toughness.