It’s All About Skills is a series of programs that describe the eight Critical Skills that you, your children, your grandchildren and all of us need to succeed as well as to ensure the survival of our constitutional republic. The skills were derived not from simple surveys but from hard data from the kinds of skills that organizations – public and private – actually look for when they hire individuals who will have an impact on the organization. Programs following the introductory series will focus on perspectives and experiences of others such as teachers, businesses, parents, students, executive recruiters, career coaches, politicians, etc. in teaching, using and assessing the skills. Some programs will focus on specific programs and/or activities that a teacher can do in classrooms – or that parents who home school their children can do.
051 Glain Roberts-McCabe, Founder and President of The Roundtable, and Charlie Jett Discuss the Critical Skills.
Glain Roberts-McCabe is the President and founder of Toronto-based THE ROUNDTABLE – a place where leaders can cultivate their leadership skills.
Through their innovative and multi-award Roundtable Peer-to-Peer Coaching programs and their “leaders teaching leaders” community, The Roundtable is reimagining the traditional consulting firm model.
Prior to launching The Roundtable in 2007, Glain was the Managing Partner of one of Canada’s most respected mid-sized consulting firms specializing in the area of leadership development.
050 JD Hoye, ex-President of the National Academy Foundation and Nationally-Recognized Work-Based Learning Expert and Charlie Jett Discuss the Critical Skills
JD Hoye is the Former President of the National Academy Foundation (NAF).
With a deep commitment to preparing students for college and meaningful careers, Ms. Hoye has worked at both the grassroots and the highest levels of government to reform how young people are engaged in learning and how they are positioned to pursue their academic interests and career goals. Through this work, she has become a nationally recognized leader in forging partnerships between educators and employers.
In leading the National Academy Foundation, Ms. Hoye oversees a network of 500 college preparatory, career-themed academies in 39 states, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NAF academies focus on one of five career themes – finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences – and work in partnership with over 2,500 businesses.
Prior to her appointment at NAF, Ms. Hoye served as President of Keep the Change, Inc., a nationally recognized consulting business focused on helping communities reform education and develop a skilled workforce. An active public speaker, Ms. Hoye worked closely with the National Academy Foundation while President of Keep the Change, Inc. and built strong relationships with the organization and its leadership.
049 Ex-Navy Seal Officer and Author, Marty Strong, and Charlie Jett Discuss the Critical Skills
Marty Strong has been a leader for decades, first in uniform as a combat-decorated Navy SEAL, and then in commercial business.
In this episode, Marty discusses his career as a Navy Seal and prolific author - the rigors of Navy Seal training, and the transition from a military career to the business world.
After leaving military service Marty spent seven years as a successful investment advisor focused on high net worth clients, ending that phase of his career at the United Bank of Switzerland. He transitioned into business management as a senior vice president for a billion-dollar-a-year defense contracting company.
In 2009, he joined a small, early-stage growth company in this same industry as an equity partner. Since then, Marty has led first one, then two employee-owned healthcare startups as CEO, and Chief Strategy Officer.
He is a thought provoking guest with over 350 appearances to his credit on national cable TV. He is a popular Podcast personality and has conducted hundreds of stimulating interviews in large metro radio markets across the United States. Marty plans to continue writing business insight books over the next few years and is currently working on, Be Exceptional: Personal and Professional Leadership in the age of Optimization.
048 Henry Kimsey-House, a Founder of the Co-Active Training Institute (CTI), and Charlie Jett Discuss Coaching and the Critical Skills
Henry Kimsey-House is one of the first professional coaches in the 1980s and the co-founder and lead designer of the Co-Active Training Instute’s (CTI) provocative experiential learning programs. He is also the co-author of Co-Active Coaching and Co-Active Leadership.
An actor since age 9, Henry honed his insights into human emotion and the narrative process through classical theatrical training and years of stage, television, and film experience.
With deep conviction that education should be driven by immersive, contextually based learning and not dry information dumps, Henry is committed to creating richly engaging and transformative learning environments where retention approaches 80% rather than the traditional 20%.
Henry continues to develop new, innovative curriculum and collaborate with other dynamic thought leaders. Along with his wife and partner, Karen, has written Co-Active Leadership – now in its second edition.
047 Steve Robinson, a 50-year Veteran of Public Radio and Classical Music Broadcasting, Discusses the Critical Skills With Charlie Jett
When one thinks about public radio networks and classical music radio, one name comes to mind and that name is Steve Robinson.
Steve Robinson in his home studio
It’s difficult to imagine a highly successful radio station without a leader like Steve Robinson. Steve is well known for his unflagging energy, endless creativity, and deep knowledge of classical music and radio operations.
Steve has been creating, producing and developing radio programs for 50 years that have been heard throughout the U.S. and around the world. He is an example of someone who is a master of the critical skills of Communications, Production, and Technology.
In Chicago, Steve spent sixteen years at the helm of the great classical radio station, WFMT FM (98.7). He retired from WFMT in 2016 and now lives in Boston where he is President and Head Cheese of a company he founded, New Media Productions. The company creates and produces podcasts, CD’s and provides consulting services to a variety of media clients.
046 RADM (Ret) Tom Lynch and Charlie Jett Discuss the Critical Skills
Retired Rear Admiral Tom Lynch is my classmate from the great Naval Academy class of 1964.
At Navy, Tom was active in sports – especially football where he lettered three times and was the captain of the great 1963 Navy team. He was also the brigade heavyweight boxing champion.
Tom’s Naval service focused on surface warfare culminating his taking command of the USS Eisenhower battle group during the course of Operation Desert Shield.
He also served as chief of Navy Legislative Affairs, and for three years was Superintendent of the US Naval Academy. Tom retired in 1995 and since then has pursued a very successful business career primarily in mortgage banking.
Bravo Zulu from another “old” Ray sailor. Really enjoyed meeting you last year at our “RayUnion” in Norfolk.
All About Skills
This series on Critical Skills is not only fact-packed but more important than ever in today's work, educational and political environment. I found Charlie Jett's research and expertise in explaining it, spot on. Thank you for this timely ~ and necessary ~series!
This skillset is the foundation of success
Charlie Jett has identified the essential skills for success. They are life skills, which parents need to teach to their young children and reinforce their entire lives. These skills are the touchstones to which they can turn when addressing challenges.