Reflections from Podcast #1 I’ll always remember the parting words that a Navy SEALs instructor, named Randy, gave my graduating class in 1994. Randy told all of us 20-somethings to think of ourselves like bullets loaded into the chamber. “Some of you might achieve highly,” he said. “And some of you might wind up way…

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Frequently Asked Questions Q: Who is Acumen Performance Group (APG)? As retired military leaders and business owners, Acumen Performance Group consists of accomplished and combat-decorated veterans who enjoy sharing our knowledge and experiences with both corporate and athletic clients in leadership, cultural development and teamwork. We serve as a catalyst for progress that provides leaders…

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AVALANCHE Climbing a mountain is not a casual undertaking; it’s expensive, dangerous, and the mountain never comes to you, you always have to go to it. You want Everest? You’re looking at $45K assuming you’re already trained and equipped. Would-be “Sir Edmund Hillary’s” invest years lining up the right team, the right time of year,…

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THUMBPRINTS During my time in the SEAL Teams, I was lucky enough to learn some pretty cool skills. One of my favorites was learning to do B & E’s. Not bacon and eggs like the comedian, Dane Cook would say, but to break and enter. I learned to pick locks, bypass fingerprint scanners, and exploit…

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 How Navy SEAL Strategies Supports Successful Business Teams Managing the modern workplace is more fast-paced and diverse than ever before, with businesses striving to innovate and improve productivity at breakneck speeds. Time-starved managers are working towards the next groundbreaking idea, product, or service to stay ahead of the competition while boosting employee morale and productivity.…

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“Plans are Nothing, Planning is Everything” Going along with our Plan, Prepare, and Execute theme, this statement by Eisenhower is a slap in the face of reality. Having a plan is respectable, but it doesn’t produce results. SEALs might plan to go after a high-valued bomb maker, but that doesn’t mean they understand and can…

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22 September 2020 PLAN YOUR DIVE, DIVE YOUR PLAN! Last week we talked about Plan, Prepare and Execute. So, this week lets discuss a common issue of why the execution stage doesn’t always go off so well. Most assume SEALs are master divers. We are not. We know enough to be dangerous because we typically…

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BURN THE SHIPS! During the invasion of the Aztec Empire in the early ‘1600s, Spanish explorer and conquistador Hernando Cortez attacked the 600-year-old empire with a handful of soldiers from Spain.  The Aztecs had never been defeated and were more than prepared to bring the fight to Cortez and his men.  Completely outnumbered and outgunned, many…

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GET OFF THE X! General Patton once said, “A good plan violently executed now is better than a great plan next week”. We make decisions all day every day. Most are simple: What do I want for lunch, where should I park, should I hide this body in my deep freezer…? But some decisions are…

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