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The Warrior Poet

Business • Society-and-culture

**Get yourself unstuck and be a leader.** Andrew "Sri" Sridhar is a former Navy SEAL, Harvard MBA, Wall Street escapee, and technologist. He interviews top military leaders, academic thinkers, and business phenoms to up your game. The Warrior Poet is a tightly woven tapestry of leadershipRead more

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#67: Selling Out with Frank Cespedes

Oct 18 • 01:27:51

Sri talks with author and professor Frank Cespedes about sales, strategy, and leadership. 

Frank Cespedes is a Senior Lecturer in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at Harvard Business School.  He currently teaches the elective Entrepreneurial Sales and Marketing (ESM) course in the MBA program as well as modules in the Owner President Management (OPM) executive program an...

#66: Redefining Beauty with Katia Beauchamp

Sep 13 • 50:09

Sri talks with entrepreneur Katia Beauchamp about what she learned about leadership (and herself!) while upending the beauty industry. Katia is the cofounder of Birchbox, which raised $90 million in venture funding and was valued at one time at half a billion dollars.

Katia shares her thoughts on the state of women in the startup world as well as how we all can balance fam...

#65: Searching for Attributes with Rich Diviney

Aug 30 • 50:51

Should you hire for skills or innate qualities? On this episode Sri interviews Rich Diviney, highly accomplished career SEAL officer and author of the book The Attributes. Rich makes the case that skills are a poor predictor of success, especially during times of stress or uncertainty. 

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#64: Never Enough with Mike Hayes

Jul 12 • 01:02:55

Mike Hayes is the former commanding officer of SEAL Team TWO and the author of "Never Enough." He was a White House Fellow and subsequently Chief Operating Officer at Ray Dalio's hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates.  He currently serves as the Chief Digital Transformation Officer at VMware.

He was held at gunpoint, drove the negotiation of a nuclear treaty, and oversaw spec...

#63: Jump Off the Mountain with Alok Chanani

Jul 6 • 01:18:04

EXPLICIT EPISODE: If you have kids in the car, we hope you’ll choose another.

Army combat vet and VC-backed entrepreneur Alok Chanani talks about leadership lessons from the warzone to the board room. 

Alok led a critical team carrying duffle bags of cash in helicopters and humvees around Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

He is the cofounder and CEO of BuildOps, a ...

#62: TWO KINDS OF BOREDOM (4MUW)

May 24 • 04:00

There are two kinds of boredom, but only one is good for you :)

Hat tip to Maria Popova at Brainpickings, who writes frequently about the benefits of boredom in general. Highly recommend her site!

This episode is part of the 4 Minutes Underwater series (4MUW).

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#61: QUADROFRENETICA (4MUW)

May 14 • 03:59

70s rock giants The Who help Sri explain nervous energy in organizations.

This episode is part of the "4 Minutes Underwater" series (4MUW).

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#60: RESPONSIBILITY HANGOVER (4MUW)

May 10 • 03:59

Sri discusses how our decision-making models get outdated as we increase our experience in this second edition of our "4 Minutes Underwater" minisode series (4MUW).

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#59: 4 Minutes Underwater (ELON'S SHOWER)

May 3 • 04:01

#58R: Find Your North Star

Apr 13 • 20:55

Sri and Edmund Hillary talk about the Japanese concept of Ikigai: how to figure out what to achieve & how to persevere in the face of adversity.

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Errata: Ugh, I think I said "Dorgay" instead of "Norgay." Apologies. 

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