David Silverman is the guest on today’s episode. David is a retired US Navy SEAL officer and the co-author of Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement in a Complex World.

David’s co-author on that book is none other than four-star General Stanley McChrystal. General McChrystal wrote one of my favorite books on leadership and on reinventing old paradigms, My Share of the Task.

David is also a US Naval Academy graduate and decorated officer, with 12 years in the teams, and 6 combat deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and Asia. He is currently the CEO of CrossLead and he was the former CEO of the McChrystal Group.

I wanted to talk to David about his book and how the son of the U.S. Naval aviator put himself into a position where he was then working with the highest level of military leaders in the country. I was curious what David did to set himself up for success and I wanted him to share the lessons he learned while working for someone of such a high caliber.

I often say on the show that you are the average of the five people closest to you. So I wanted to talk to David about how being around such a high-level people raised his own bar. David succeeded in providing a great interview with a lot of tips and a lot of insight into what it takes to get in the room and be appear to top performers.

Here’s a great speech on leadership from General McChrystal.

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