No Turning Back is a podcast by retired Army Four-Star General Stan McChrystal and former Navy SEAL Chris Fussell. In this series, they explore the future of leadership and teams with the world's most consequential leaders. From CEOs to political leaders to deep thinkers, Stan and Chris will bring you advice from the brightest minds about how to tackle the most pressing organizational and institutional challenges we face.
Stan and Chris on Today's Pressing Leadership Questions
This week, Stan and Chris take some listener questions - and speak to some of the burning topics on their minds. As we transition out of the COVID-19 pandemic and look to the future of leadership, they took 40 minutes to dive into what they, and our listeners, are thinking about. They reflect on helpful lessons from communicating in a remote environment, consider the relationship between leadership and ego, as well as the tensions between habits, rule-following, and adapting to be efficient to attack crises at hand.
Ruba Borno: A Conversation with a "Make it Happen" Executive
This week, Stan and Chris speak to Ruba Borno, Senior Vice President and General Manager in Cisco's Customer Experience organization. Stan first met Ruba when she was Chief of Staff to the CEO at Cisco and has been impressed at how Ruba has been a “make it happen” executive throughout the years. Ruba has her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and spent time at Boston Consulting Group before coming to Cisco in 2015 - where she has been Vice President of Growth Initiatives and Vice President and General Manager of Cisco Managed Services, before serving in her current role. Stan and Chris speak to Ruba about why empathy, emotional intelligence, and resilience are important in our leaders, why leaders should ask questions rather than give answers, and how her own experience as a refugee has influenced how she sees her career and leadership.
Lisa Gevelber on Google, Technology Equality, and Societal Change
This week, Stan and Chris speak to Lisa Gevelber, the Chief Marketing Officer, Americas Region at Google, and Vice President of Grow with Google. Lisa has had a fascinating career. A student of Psychology, Lisa started her career at Proctor and Gamble, working at a variety of companies (some start-ups) before moving to Google in 2010.
Stan and Chris speak with Lisa about the challenges of technology equality, how she is building trusted networks with community partners to promote economic opportunity, and about Lisa's personal decision to focus her career and build a team for a cause she believes in. As we've become more connected to technology during the COVID crisis, Lisa gives us much to think about - how the entire world can benefit from the opportunities technology provides.
Gautam Mukunda: A Conversation with a Leadership Expert
This week, Stan and Chris speak to Gautam Mukunda. Gautam is an expert in leadership who says he aims to have the world's most confusing resume. Gautam is a Jeopardy champion, former consultant, and a Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy's Center for Public Leadership. He has degrees from Harvard, Dartmouth, and MIT and is the host of Nasdaq's "World Reimagined" podcast. Gautam speaks to leadership and power, the risks of having "superstars" on teams, and gives us a new perspective on the story of George Washington and his wooden teeth.
Jeevan Kalanithi and Michael Fleischman On Start-up Leadership
This week, Stan and Chris speak with Jeevan Kalanithi and Michael Fleischman of OpenSpace. Jeevan is the CEO, and Michael is the Co-founder and Chief Scientist of OpenSpace, which provides cutting-edge technology for capturing and mapping job sites. Jeevan and Michael speak about building a narrative around new technology, how OpenSpace could have helped with Boston's Big Dig Project, and how tech start-up leaders are unique.
Jamil Farshchi on Risk and Responsibility
In light of the recent Colonial Pipeline cyberattack, Stan and Chris revisit a conversation they had with Jamil Farshchi, the Chief Information Security Officer at Equifax. Jamil has had a distinguished career in information security transformation: he was the first-ever Chief Information Security Officer at Time Warner and worked with both Home Depot and Equifax to build safer networks after their respective cyber breaches. Jamil shares the importance of building culture in our teams and discusses why security is everyone's responsibility in an organization.
This episode was fantastic. Sometimes the individual leaders operate at such a high stratosphere, it is hard for the rest of use to relate. This woman has had fantastic achievements based in some extremely practical planning and work. Very good episode.
Unique leadership perspectives and thought provoking conversations
I found this podcast through their company, McChrystal Group and didn’t know what to expect at first. After listening to an episode I’m hooked and look forward to it every Tuesday! Great conversations around leadership and relevant challenges — perfect for any level of professional or student
Stan and Chris are thoughtful interviewers
Thanks for bringing excellent people to your podcast and then thoughtfully putting a context around the discussion. I learn at least one thing (and often more) as you expose me to different ideas and exemplary people. Thanks.