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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.

Are You Offended By This?

Why are you offended by what someone says?

Cam Newton

Andrew discusses the ins and outs of getting offended by what others say with Qualk, on Out of Bounds – WCCP 105.5FM The ROAR.

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Here’s what’s inside:

  1. Separate the FACTS from the TRUTH the same way it’s done in a court room
  2. Allow everyone else to have their TRUTH, the same way you want others to allow you to have yours
  3. OWN your TRUTH
  4. Move TRUTHS into the FACT column
  5. Understand how the human machine works – BIO/PSYCHO/SOCIAL

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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

 

 

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 to get an in-depth look at how to use this Mental Toughness and Ground Zero Leadership tool.

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What is the Outcome You Really Want?

Are YOU willing to the pay the price to get it?

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Andrew, Qualk & Dutch, (WCCP The ROAR, 105.5 FM) discuss the process of how and why major decisions are made, like why 49ers linebacker Chris Borland would walk away from millions of dollars and a promising career after only one season.

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Going into any situation, ALWAYS ask yourself, “What is the outcome I really want?”  After you give yourself an answer, follow up with, “Am I willing to make the sacrifices to get it?”

I don’t know Chris Borland, but I admire his clarity and mental toughness to walk through the honest assessment process and then make a clear cut decision.  ALL of us have the same option to make a choice, to go for the outcome we really want, once we have made the decision to pay the price to get it.

This honest assessment strategy is a handy tool to use in any context, whether it be dealing with relationships, career moves, fitness and nutrition, or buying a house or car.  Before entering the decision making arena, always know before hand what outcome you REALLY want.  Then calculate the price in physical, mental, emotional, social, and financial terms. Are you willing to pay that cost to get the outcome? If yes, then go for it. If not, then be prepared to settle for less.

 

Engagement = 18 Times the Net

Engagement + Expectation – Frustration = 18x Your Bottom Line

Egagement Frustration

Andrew and Qualk (on WCCP 105.5 FM) discuss how organizations (of all types) that strongly engage in Performance Discipline and Mindset Training, statistically increase their bottom lines by an average of 18 times over organizations that don’t.

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Strong Engagement of:

1) Honest Assessment/Objective Reality

2) Inspiring a shared Vision

3) Competence – Always having a Solution on the board & modeling the way

4) Challenging the Process/Status Quo

Over a 30 year period of observation, organizations from Fortune 500 companies, to small businesses, to churches, to schools, to youth athletic leagues, that strongly engaged in the above mentioned areas performed at an average of 18 times the NET to their bottom lines. (The Leadership Challenge 5th Edition, Kouzes and Posner, page 27) 

All performers raise their performances to the level of expectation, and conversely lower their performances to the level of frustration.

When frustration levels become so great that expectations are equally low, take a time-out, a physical break, and cooling off period.  Hit the reset button.  Start fresh with a new focus on the 4 areas of engagement.  Soon after the new focus takes root, expectations will automatically begin to rise, and subsequently, so will performance.

 

Obstinate or Brilliant?

Marshawn Lynch – Is he just stubborn? Acting like a child? Or BRILLIANT?

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Dutch, Qualk and Andrew tackle the Marshawn Lynch enigma on this Mental Toughness segment on Out of Bounds (WCCP 105.5 FM The Roar).

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Andrew reveals how Marshawn Lynch is employing a brilliant critical thinking strategy, taking a past problem of shyness and difficulty communicating, even with teammates and turning it into a capital asset by:

1) Weighing the RISK/REWARD ratio – Fines are tax deductible with all checks written directly by the player to a charity directed by the NFL

2) He has a limited shelf-life as a running back

3) He needs to differentiate himself with a Unique Selling Proposition

4) The less he says, the more we want him to say and give him more attention (You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink – but you can SALT his OATS to make him thirsty)

The results are impressive, his Skittles ad, playing off of his media shyness goes instantly mega-viral, increasing his value as a celebrity endorser.

With good coaching, anyone can take problems or weaknesses and make them strengths – even turning being obstinate into brilliance.

Thinking Like CRAP

Clarity – Relevance – Accuracy – Precision

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Thinking like CRAP – the 4-step filtering process to run every thought through when making any and all decisions.

Clarity – To get crystal clear on the exact issue at hand, start by removing anything NOT relevant

Relevance – The Golf example: Is the bunker or water obstacle relevant to where you are hitting the ball? No, the Pin is the only thing relevant, so clear the board of the bunkers, the water obstacles, the rough areas, etc. FOCUS only on what is relevant.

Accuracy – Be accurate in what the obstacles are – i.e. the distance to the Pin (185 yards is different than 200 yards), the wind, which way the ball will roll upon landing on the green.

Precision – Be precise and specific in the language of your thoughts.  “I always slice the ball”  – the word “always” is neither accurate nor precise. Instead, “I have tendency to slice the ball when my focus on the fundamentals of my swing is directed to the bunkers.”

With daily practice, thinking like CRAP becomes natural and fluid and orders your thoughts, emotions, and attitude to help you grab the best 126 bits/second of information for action.

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