Tough Leadership Lessons in Combat, Business, & Family | Ep. 120: Jimmy Blackmon


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Today we discuss leading yourself, knowing yourself and loving your people.

Welcome back to the 120th episode of the Hard Thing Podcast.

Today I share my conversation with Jimmy Blackmon.

Jimmy Blackmon is among the most combat experienced leaders of the modern era. He has led high risk missions all over the world including serving as the air mission commander on the operation that netted #2 and #3 in the famous Iraqi deck of cards. Amazingly, Jimmy also served as the aviation commander during the battles in which four Medals of Honor were earned in Afghanistan – in the very valleys where the attacks of 9-11 were planned and rehearsed. Having achieved impressive results, Jimmy understands how to navigate the complexities of the 21st Century. His ability to develop an organizational strategy, build living systems and processes that enable organizations to thrive with speed and agility in the modern era, and build cohesive teams driven by vision and purpose are unparalleled.

You can reach out to Jimmy, including getting his new book, from his website:

Here are some highlights from today's show:

  • Jimmy had to send troops into battles they didn't come out of
  • Before you can lead others you must lead yourself
  • Loving your people is essential to be a great leader
  • Don't take the title too seriously
  • Successful leadership always encompasses inspiring your people

We also got some great action items from today's guest:

1. Picture "That Guy" to keep yourself going

2. Know who you are and live with yourself

3. Love your people

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