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Mike Sarraille – War, Teamwork & Leadership (#56)

Leadership lessons from the military

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Introduction to guest:

Mike Sarraille is a former Recon Marine and US Navy SEAL officer with twenty years of experience in Special Operations.

Mike served in SEAL Team THREE, Task Unit Bruiser alongside Extreme Ownership authors Jocko Willink and Leif Babin where he led major combat operations that played a pivotal role in the Battle of Ramadi in 2006.

He went on 10 deployments in total receiving a Silver Star, six Bronze Stars, two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, and a Purple Heart.

He is now a leadership instructor, speaker and strategic advisor for Echelon Front and the CEO of EF Overwatch, a company that specializes in the recruiting, training, and placing U.S special forces veterans with companies seeking leaders.

During the podcast Mike discusses his experiences of training as a sniper, the impacts of war and how the military creates such incredibly talented teams.

We then go onto discuss how businesses and other civilian groups can learn from the leadership and development methods employed by the military. He shares some cool stories with us too!

Key quotes and takeaways from the show:

As a sniper you have to be very good at fieldcraft. The hardest thing about sniper school is not the shooting, it’s the stalking!

Shared adversity bonds people. Although war in Israel is prevalent, PTSD rates are low because they have all been through the same adversity and know how to help each other as a community when troops return home.

Be vulnerable!

Be humble!

Be curious not judgemental! Stop judging people!

As a leader you need to take care of yourself too!

“Look at the commonalities that tie us together rather than the differences.”

The whole man concept – Have a fit mind and a fit body.

Mike used the same mission planning models for starting his business, preparing to invade a country and military deployment (same as Dean Stott used for his 14,000-mile bike ride). Lesson: Military planning models can be used for any type of mission/project.

Drive, resilience, effective intelligence, humility, integrity → Energy, Intelligence, Integrity!

Question of the day:

“Is SEAL training the hardest training on the planet?”

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If you like this podcast, you will love the one we recorded with Dean Stott. Dean is a former UK Special Forces Soldier who took on the most dangerous jobs in the private security world and earned two world records riding 14,000 miles from Argentina to Alaska.

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Show notes:

  • 02:10 – Snow in Austin!
  • 03:20 – Mike’s story pre, during and post military.
  • 06:49 – How hard is Recon Marine and SEAL training?
  • 08:27 – What sniper training involves.
  • 13:36 – How long can a trained sniper go undetected in the woods?
  • 16:36 – Why Mike left the military and the psychological impacts of war.
  • 19:51 – A story of a soldier making the ultimate sacrifice for his teammates.
  • 28:29 – A strategy from strengthening team bonds.
  • 32:07 – Should national service be mandatory?
  • 34:55 – The biggest lessons Mike learned from the military and BUDS training.
  • 39:00 – Mike’s current projects.
  • 43:41 – How the principles of leadership apply to everyone.
  • 46:27 – The hardest thing Mike has ever done.
  • 47:03 – The planning models Mike used to start his business and where to find them.
  • 47:41 – Principles and life lessons that Mike lives by.
  • 48:51 – What makes a good leader?
  • 50:13 – What key traits do you want in a teammate?
  • 51:39 – How do you keep good people?
  • 52:58 – The common issues Mike sees in companies he works with.
  • 54:22 – Martial arts Mike likes.
  • 55:13 – Mike’s final words and where to find free leadership content.
  • 56:08 – Where to find more and upcoming content from us.
  • 58:00 – Effective intelligence vs. intellect.
  • 59:21 – Warren Buffett’s view on acquiring talent.
  • 01:00:18 – Simon Sinek’s view on good team members.
  • 01:01:37 – Jim Rohn’s view on good team members.
  • 01:02:05 – How do you deal with bad team members?
  • 01:03:21 – Going through hardships to create bonds.
  • 01:04:00 – The usefulness of military planning models.
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