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In Trump’s Cabinet, A Warrior Culture Comes To Washington

President-elect Donald Trump is stacking his cabinet with retired military leaders, leaving some wondering about, and some worrying about, what message he’s trying to send to the world. ABC News reported thatTrump’s cabinet will hold the most Generals since World War II.

It’s important to understand that there are two types of generals in the military. The Bureaucrats and the Warriors. President-elect Trump is stacking his cabinet with the Warriors, and it’s not just the generals in his cabinet, his other picks also display a similar warrior mindset regardless of whether they’ve served in the military.

Rex Tillerson (Secretary of State), CEO of ExxonMobile, recognized and celebrated by Putin himself, has shown to be a warrior general of business, winning global campaigns crossing geopolitical boundaries. Wilbur Ross (Secretary of Commerce) became the “King of Bankruptcy” by operating from a position of strength, expertly rescuing companies who find themselves in weakness. Ryan Zinke (Secretary of Interior), also not a general, is the first Navy SEAL combat veteran elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. For people inside and outside of Washington, working with this unusual cast of characters will require understanding of how different the Warrior mindset is from what we’re used to dealing with in Washington over the past two decades.

As a trainer for the State Department, transitioning former military operators into high-threat, diplomatic security operators, the very first principle taught is that the military-mind and diplomatic-mind are diametrically opposed. The military-mind approaches accomplishing any objective by forceful means. Always direct. Always blunt. Imposing. They use the stick. The diplomatic-mind however approaches accomplishing objectives by persuasive means. Always tactful. Always refined. Inclusive. They use the carrot. The successful business leader who wants to have sway in Washington will learn how to bridge the gap between these two mindsets, posture to occupy a position of strength, but still respect and receive respect from those who don’t.

Beating Self-Limiting Beliefs

My comments in Gwen Moran’s article:

5 Habits To Get Over Self-Limiting Beliefs

by Gwen Moran – FastCompany

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A big warning sign that you have an iceberg is when you say things like, “That’s impossible” or “I have to,” says mental toughness consultant Andrew D. Wittman, PhD and the author of Ground Zero Leadership: CEO of You. When you’re feeling fear or resistance about something, it could be a sign that you have an underlying belief that is triggering those reactions.

 

SUSPEND DISBELIEF

Your icebergs may have been formed when you were a child, so they could be pretty well-entrenched and hard to shake, Wittman says. But once you find them, you need to give them a rest, even for brief periods, by suspending your disbelief that you can get beyond them. If that sounds impossible, you need to think again—you do it when you get lost in a movie or other experience that you know is not real, he says. Once you’ve silenced the belief, ask yourself how you can do the thing that you want to do but feel you can’t.

“If you say, ‘How would I?’ your brain will go to work and find all the information that would back that up, and so that puts you in the position of where you can, or at least you can find the solution to, whatever you’re facing,” Wittman says.

Stress and CEO of You

This Morning: America’s First News with Gordon Deal Gordon Deal interviews Andrew about handing stress, the way the brain works and how to be mentally tough. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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Are You Offended By This?

Why are you offended by what someone says? Andrew discusses the ins and outs of getting offended by what others say with Qualk, on Out of Bounds – WCCP 105.5FM The ROAR. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN Here’s what’s inside: Separate the FACTS from the TRUTH the same way it’s done in a court room Allow […]

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Taking It To the Next Level

How to take your performance to the Next Level Andrew & Dutch discuss the secret ingredient that all top performers mix into to their daily lives that boosts their results. Hint: Take MASSIVE ACTION Peak Performers surround themselves with folks that push and provoke each other into taking massive action.  These fellow performers strip away, […]

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Levels of Thinking

The 4 Levels of Thinking Andrew explains the 4 Levels of Thinking on his weekly Get Warrior Tough Show, heard live on WCCP FM 105.5 The Roar. 1) Auto- Pilot: No active engagement in thinking 2) Negative Thinking 3) Positive Thinking 4) Critical Thinking    

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Communication – Maximize the Message

The Art of Communication… and the Science behind the Art Andrew discuss the art and science behind effective communication and how you can maximize your message, on his weekly radio show, Get Warrior Tough, heard weekly on WCCP FM 105.5 The Roar.   7% of our message in the WORDS and LANGUAGE we use 38% […]

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The 2-Minute Rule

Suspending Your Disbelief for 2-Minutes On the Get Warrior Tough Radio Show,  (heard live on WCCP FM every Saturday at 11AM Eastern) Andrew lays out the 2-minute rule of suspending your disbelief for 2-minutes, whenever your inner self-talk screams out resistance to any new idea or concept – stop and instate Andrew’s 2-Minute Rule.  Watch the video […]

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