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The Jedburgh Podcast is a conversation with transformative leaders, visionaries, drivers of change, and those dedicated to winning no matter the challenge. Hosted by US Army Special Forces Green Beret Fran Racioppi, each episode in-depth discussion with trailblazers who have earned success through dedication to talent development, preparation, introspection, and the drive to get things done. Our conversation will empower listeners to define success and operate at an elite level, regardless of the task at hand. 

Fran speaks with leaders in business, athletics, academics, and public service about their personal leadership stories of success, failure, and the road to continuous improvement. The Jedburghs of World War II was the first Special Operations forces and lived by the mantra, how you prepare today determines success tomorrow. Today’s leaders are no different.
Our discussions focus on the nine character traits of elite performance used by Special Operations Forces to recruit, assess, select and retain elite performers. Through this lens, we show listeners that success in any field must be earned every day.

We strive for each listener to take valuable lessons learned and concrete action steps to improve themselves, their teams, and their organizations. Although developed and used by US Special Operations Forces, these characteristics are inherently applicable to building resilient and successful organizations in any sector or industry, as well as in the betterment of our personal and professional lives. 

The Nine Characteristics of Elite Performance:
-Drive: Growth mindset, be better than yesterday, continuous self-improvement
-Resiliency: Perseverance in the face of challenges
-Adaptability: Adjust one’s behavior to the situation
-Humility: Recognize that you do not have all the answers; a willing learner maintains accurate self-awareness
-Integrity: Understand what is legal and correct and align actions and words to both
-Effective Intelligence: apply one’s experience and knowledge to the situation
-Team Ability: Prioritize organizational needs ahead of oneself, work as a cohesive unit
-Curiosity: Exploring the unknown, questioning the status quo in pursuit of better
-Emotional Strength: Emotional control in stressful situations brings calm to chaos

Fran is the founder of FRsix. He leads small to medium-sized businesses to scale by transforming their leadership and operations through introspection, continuous improvement, and a commitment to a talent mindset. 

He spent 13-years in the United States Army as a Green Beret, deploying numerous times to The Middle East, Africa, and Europe. Fran was the honor graduate of the Special Forces Qualification Course and the US Army Ranger School. He has served as CEO, COO, CSO, and Director of Global Security, where he was recognized by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security for his leadership and innovation.

Fran earned an MBA from the NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business and a BA from Boston University in Journalism. Fran holds the highest civilian accreditations, including Certified Protection Professional, Certified Business Continuity Professional, and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Fran volunteers teaching Veterans to sail as the Race Director for Sailahead, a Veterans organization dedicated to reducing the Veteran suicide rate and is the former Treasurer of the United War Veterans Council.

Talent War Group is a management consulting and executive search firm comprised of highly experienced and proven business executives and special operations leaders.

We’ll drive you to attract, retain, and develop top talent. With services like Executive Search, Talent Advisory, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, and Speaking & Keynotes, we work with you to create talent solutions to business problems. Contact us at www.talentwargroup.com

The Jedburgh Podcast Fran Racioppi

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The Jedburgh Podcast is a conversation with transformative leaders, visionaries, drivers of change, and those dedicated to winning no matter the challenge. Hosted by US Army Special Forces Green Beret Fran Racioppi, each episode in-depth discussion with trailblazers who have earned success through dedication to talent development, preparation, introspection, and the drive to get things done. Our conversation will empower listeners to define success and operate at an elite level, regardless of the task at hand. 

Fran speaks with leaders in business, athletics, academics, and public service about their personal leadership stories of success, failure, and the road to continuous improvement. The Jedburghs of World War II was the first Special Operations forces and lived by the mantra, how you prepare today determines success tomorrow. Today’s leaders are no different.
Our discussions focus on the nine character traits of elite performance used by Special Operations Forces to recruit, assess, select and retain elite performers. Through this lens, we show listeners that success in any field must be earned every day.

We strive for each listener to take valuable lessons learned and concrete action steps to improve themselves, their teams, and their organizations. Although developed and used by US Special Operations Forces, these characteristics are inherently applicable to building resilient and successful organizations in any sector or industry, as well as in the betterment of our personal and professional lives. 

The Nine Characteristics of Elite Performance:
-Drive: Growth mindset, be better than yesterday, continuous self-improvement
-Resiliency: Perseverance in the face of challenges
-Adaptability: Adjust one’s behavior to the situation
-Humility: Recognize that you do not have all the answers; a willing learner maintains accurate self-awareness
-Integrity: Understand what is legal and correct and align actions and words to both
-Effective Intelligence: apply one’s experience and knowledge to the situation
-Team Ability: Prioritize organizational needs ahead of oneself, work as a cohesive unit
-Curiosity: Exploring the unknown, questioning the status quo in pursuit of better
-Emotional Strength: Emotional control in stressful situations brings calm to chaos

Fran is the founder of FRsix. He leads small to medium-sized businesses to scale by transforming their leadership and operations through introspection, continuous improvement, and a commitment to a talent mindset. 

He spent 13-years in the United States Army as a Green Beret, deploying numerous times to The Middle East, Africa, and Europe. Fran was the honor graduate of the Special Forces Qualification Course and the US Army Ranger School. He has served as CEO, COO, CSO, and Director of Global Security, where he was recognized by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security for his leadership and innovation.

Fran earned an MBA from the NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business and a BA from Boston University in Journalism. Fran holds the highest civilian accreditations, including Certified Protection Professional, Certified Business Continuity Professional, and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Fran volunteers teaching Veterans to sail as the Race Director for Sailahead, a Veterans organization dedicated to reducing the Veteran suicide rate and is the former Treasurer of the United War Veterans Council.

Talent War Group is a management consulting and executive search firm comprised of highly experienced and proven business executives and special operations leaders.

We’ll drive you to attract, retain, and develop top talent. With services like Executive Search, Talent Advisory, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, and Speaking & Keynotes, we work with you to create talent solutions to business problems. Contact us at www.talentwargroup.com

    #066: Abacus Wealth Partners - Co-Founder Spencer Sherman

    #066: Abacus Wealth Partners - Co-Founder Spencer Sherman

    Money is always on our minds. Abacus Wealth Partners Co-Founder Spencer Sherman joins Fran Racioppi to discuss money, how we think about it, what we do with it, and where the economy is going. 

    Spencer oversees $4B in assets. He is the author of The Cure For Money Madness and the creator of Fearless Finance, a course designed to teach us how to effectively manage and handle our views and decisions about our money. 

    He abides by Buddhist principles and the simple concept that the road to financial freedom is long and boring. Take a listen then check out Spencer's courses to unleash your money wisdom at Spencer-Sherman.com.

    Read the full episode transcription here and learn more on The Jedburgh Podcast Website. Check out our video versions on YouTube.

    Highlights:
    -Why the topic of money is taboo. (5:45)
    -Spencer’s entry into financial advisory to become an ally of the client vs a salesman of financial products. (8:13)
    -A fire destroyed Spencer’s first firm. He re-entered the building to save his client files and changing his life. (11:17)
    -Fran asks Spencer to apply the core teachings of Buddhism to financial planning: Impermanence, Mindfulness, Equanimity, Interdependence/Interconnectedness. (28:18)
    -Spencer explains how simplicity in your portfolio is the key to long term wealth and why women are outperforming men in portfolio management. (37:46)
    -Emotional intelligence is essential to financial decisions and includes self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills. (45:31)
    -Fearless Finance: Financial Freedom on the Road to Enough is Spencer’s new course; determining your inner compass, overcoming fear, why we must think about death, how to define “enough” and the importance of generosity. (51:21 & 1:22:46)
    -Spencer defines the four negative emotions that lead to lost money: anxiety, envy, shame or fear, selfishness. (1:06:38)

    Quotes:
    -”We have this idea that my self worth is equal to my net worth.” 
    -”I know that the most important thing in my life is in that building…and if I don’t get it I know that my life is worthless.”  
    -”Meditation is this training for the mind.” 
    -”Mindfulness is really about being present with what’s happening and letting go of any judgment.” 
    -”Have a boring portfolio. Live an exciting life.” 
    -”If all of us could take on that beginner's mind, the world just opens up.” 
    - “The problem with going for more and more and more is it trains our brain to be in a place of scarcity, a place of fear because we’re never arriving.” 
    -“We’re actually thinking that we need more to get happy, when really we can be happy right now.” 
    -”I think more about what’s possible.”
     
    Spencer’s Three Daily Foundations to Success:
    -Sit quietly to center self
    -Take a cold shower to shock the system
    -Complete a compassion practice
    -Spencer’s bonus: journal then throw it out so you write anything down without hesitation

    This episode is brought to you by Jersey Mike’s, 18A Fitness, and Analytix Solutions

    • 1 hr 54 min
    #065: Holding Hands - Author & Photographer Diane Conn

    #065: Holding Hands - Author & Photographer Diane Conn

    Over the last seven years Diane Conn has taken tens of thousands of pictures of people holding hands. As the COVID-19 pandemic broke apart so much of the fiber of our community she was motivated to put her pictures into a book, called Holding Hands, showing us all just how important holding hands actually is in our lives.

    Fran Racioppi sits down with Diane to discuss the impact the loss of her mother to suicide had on her. She shared her battles with depression and a severe concussion that changed her outlook on life. And she talked about the film industry, her late husband, Mace, and how she captures pictures of total strangers holding hands in New York City. 

    Take a listen to our conversation then check out our YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to Fran and Diane searching for the perfect shot. 

    Read the full episode transcription here and learn more on The Jedburgh Podcast Website. Check out our video versions on YouTube.

    Highlights:
     -Fran asks Diane to define connection and the power of touch; yet why we never touch for long. (5:04)
    -Diane describes her process for taking photos from behind and how her technique has only gotten her caught once. (8:08)
    -The science behind holding hands has a medical explanation and benefits to our entire emotional physiological system. (11:10)
    -Fran and Diane break down Holding Hands (and Diane’s life) into its three sections: Childhood, Love Together; as well as Diane’s key words for each of these parts of our life. (15:10)
    -Diane’s mother died by suicide throwing Diane into a blackness and depression that lasted much of her life, bringing her to her own thoughts of suicide. (19:43) 
    -The movie industry has been a big part of Diane’s life as she worked in film finance, met her husband (Mace) working on the set of Patriot Games with Harrison Ford and spent a career in Hollywood production. (29:01)
    -Diane explains how Mace, a Pulizter runner-up,  taught her photography and what makes the perfect photo. (30:30)
    -A blackout concussion five years ago resulted in a year straight of headaches,  dizziness and a relapse of severe depression. (38:50)


    Quotes:
    -”People don’t hold hands for long…There’s not one case where people just kept on walking for blocks and blocks and never let go.” 
    -”I don’t want to look at their faces and I don’t want to see the front of them.”
    -”Sometimes there are unique hand holds that you can’t even imagine.”
    -”That hunger for connection has driven humans forever.”
    -”It never occurred to me that I wouldn't have two parents.” ) 
    -“I spent, in my head, the next 25 years trying to save her. Trying to figure out how to rewind time.”
    -”He taught me how to see that one shot.”
    -”Even in that state, I felt better when I looked at the photos of people holding hands.”
    -”We all need somebody.”
     

    Diane’s Three Daily Foundations to Success:
    -Mediate in the morning no matter what
    -Exercise
    -Connect with somebody

    This episode is brought to you by Jersey Mike’s, 18A Fitness, and Analytix Solutions

    • 59 min
    Jumping In with Wodapalooza's Aaron Anderson - VP of Business Development at Loud and Live (The Jedburgh Podcast Short-Form Series)

    Jumping In with Wodapalooza's Aaron Anderson - VP of Business Development at Loud and Live (The Jedburgh Podcast Short-Form Series)

    For the final conversation of the 2022 GORUCK Games Fran Racioppi asked Aaron Anderson, the VP of Biz Dev at Loud & Live to join him for a discussion on Wodapalooza. Taking place in Downtown Miami in January, Wodapalooza hosts over 3000 athletes and over 45k fans. Competitors range from the elite to the regular joe.

    Aaron breaks down the different events, provides his opinion of what the future has in store for the fitness industry, the importance of gratitude and gratification and why the best part of working out is being done. 

    Learn more on The Jedburgh Podcast Website and check out our video YouTube versions of all episodes here.

    Highlights:
    -Aaron and Fran breakdown Wodapalooza’s history, the community it builds and the inclusivity around it’s variety of events. (3:20)
    -Wodapalooza allows athletes of all levels to come to Miami in January to participate at their level on the same course. (4:40)
    -Aaron shares his history in producing live events and the excitement behind them. (9:40)
    -The evolution of functional fitness is changing the fitness industry, competition and how Wodapalooza designs the competition. (14:15)
    -Fran asks Aaron to predict where the fitness industry is going and what we can expect in the next phase of working out. (16:00) 
    -Aaron defines the need to balance functional fitness, bodybuilding and endurance work.” (18:18)

    Quotes:
    -”Wodapalooza is focused on the community of fitness.”
    -”It doesn’t have to happen on the competition floor. It can be cerebral.”
    -”Under the Miami lights. Under the neon lights.”
    -”There’s very few of these athletes where this is a hundred percent their day job.”
    -“They're not just there to compete, collect a check and go home.”
    -”The best part about my workout is when I’m done."
    -”Keeping the event unique is always a very exciting challenge.”
    -“If we can continue to create that wow moment, then we are doing a good job.”

    This episode is brought to you by Jersey Mike’s, 18A Fitness, Analytix Solutions, Jaguar Land Rover of Fairfield and The Readiness Collective.

    • 24 min
    #064: Mike Vallely - Founder of Street Plant Skateboards & Lead Singer of Black Flag

    #064: Mike Vallely - Founder of Street Plant Skateboards & Lead Singer of Black Flag

    Some icons dominate multiple industries, leaving their mark not on just one part of society, but on all of society. Mike Vallely is the Founder of Street Plant Skateboards and the lead singer of rock band Black Flag.

    Mike revolutionized the way society embraces skateboarding and skateboarding culture while he built a side career as a singer, playing with some of punk’s greatest artists.  

    Mike joined Fran Racioppi on the last day of the GORUCK Games to share his personal story, how he had to borrow skateboards to teach himself to ride, why going as hard as you can whenever you have a chance is a recipe for success, and what he has learned leading generations of punk rockers and skateboarders to skate, create and enjoy.

    Read the full episode transcription here and learn more on The Jedburgh Podcast Website. Check out our video versions on YouTube.

    Highlights:
    -Mike shares his decision to become “punk” (5:58)
    -Mike describes his entry into skateboarding after viewing a Thrasher magazine and accepting a challenge to jump off a car. (9:35) 
    -Street skating was pioneered as Mike went pro with Powell-Peralta and has evolved across culture, proficiency and skateboard design. (28:24)
    -Fran asks Mike to describe the creativity and expression behind skateboard artwork, including his first design, the African Elephant. (38:50)
    -Mike discusses his entrepreneurial journey, finding support from his daughter to start Street Plant Skateboards.” (49:02)
    -Mike’s music career spans Mike V and The Rats, his love for Black Flag and a childhood run in with Henry Rollins. (55:00) 
    -Greg Ginn, the founding member of Blag Flag, showed him the importance of partnership. (1:07:57)
    -Mike shares his upcoming schedules with Black Flag, The Complete Disaster, Revolution Mother & The Morning Trail, as well as a collaboration with GORUCK. (1:26:35) 


    Quotes:
    -”It was when I started skating that I felt that I actually took my first real breaths.” 
    -”That’s cool, come with us. The coolest words ever f***ing spoken to me.” 
    -”My life before that moment was in black and white, or sepia tone. And then I saw these pictures of guys skating in the streets.” 
    -”I would crunch down into the 30 seconds what they had spent all day doing…I would just go animalistic on the thing.” 
    -”I wasn’t going to take what I was being handed. I had to have it my way.” 
    -”But when I started my company it was a purposeful return to being very sincere and earnest in creating boards that had a heart and soul.”
    -“All I really needed was a little help and a little encouragement…and someone to believe in me.” 
    -”Rise Above became the mantra of my life.” 
    -”You can do anything you want in this life. They just proved it right in front of me.” 
    -“If the well of inspiration is there, you tap into it.” 
     
    Mike’s Three Daily Foundations to Success:
    -Skate: take action and do something
    -Create: bring artistic expression and be free 
    -Enjoy: love what you are doing

    This episode is brought to you by Jersey Mike’s, 18A Fitness, Analytix Solutions, Jaguar Land Rover of Fairfield and The Readiness Collective.

    • 1 hr 41 min
    Jumping In with Alpha Elite Performance Founder & Green Beret Travis Wilson (The Jedburgh Podcast Short-Form Series)

    Jumping In with Alpha Elite Performance Founder & Green Beret Travis Wilson (The Jedburgh Podcast Short-Form Series)

    Fran Racioppi had the chance to Jump In with Alpha Elite Performance Founder Travis Wilson while covering Sandlot Jax and the GORUCK Games. Alpha Elite Performance is a supplement company dedicated to the Special Operations Truth #2: quality is more important than quantity.

    Travis and Fran catch up on their time in 10th Special Forces Group, Travis shares his motivation to start Alpha Elite Performance, and how his new sleep aid is making an impact across the supplement industry. 

    They also talk about the lessons learned from his nine deployments, the importance of integrity and being honest, raw and flawed; and how a canopy collapse during a night training jump changed his life. 

    Learn more on The Jedburgh Podcast Website and check out our video YouTube versions of all episodes here.

    Highlights:
    -Travis shares the vision behind Alpha Elite Performance and how he started the company based on quality over quantity. (4:47)
    -GBNT Sleep is the latest release in the line of Alpha Elite Performance products and is helping people get the REM sleep they need. (5:49)
    -ODA Supergreens detoxes the body. (7:36)
    -Travis entered the military to follow in his parents footsteps, serving first as a medic in the Army before being selected for Special Forces. (8:28)
    -Travis describes how the integrity and character he learned in the military are applied to his entrepreneurial efforts.  (11:35)
    -Fran asks Travis to share what he has learned from his parachuting accident which resulted in 13 surgeries and a new take on life. (13:10)
    -Travis describes what it means to be honest, raw and flawed; and how at 47 he is still learning. (17:21)
    -Fran & Travis reminisce about being on the same base in Iraq, FOB Paliwoda, during 2005-2006 and the type of combat operations they conducted there. (20:41)
    -Rally & Recover is the newest oral rehydration supplement by Alpha Elite Performance. (23:45)
    -Travis reveals the upcoming event trailer that is about to launch. (25:17)


    Quotes:
    -”It’s not my first time in the back of an FLA with another man.” (3:47)
    -”There has to be a problem and we come up with that solution” (5:45)
    -”I wanted to be in the Air Force. I wanted to be a PJ like my Dad.” (8:38)
    -“I just always wanted to be more than what I was. (10:17)
    -”Your reputation precedes you and integrity goes along with that.” (12:36)
    -”They said it sounded like two rocks slapping together when I hit the ground.” (14:08)
    -”I haven’t grown, but I’ve just decided to keep moving.” (17:05)
    -“I think that we’re all flawed. I haven’t been perfect.” (17:30)
    -”I’m 47 years old…I’m still learning from the things I messed up in life.” (18:05)
    -”If you didn’t get hit on the way down, you were getting hit on the way out.” (23:03)

    This episode is brought to you by Jersey Mike’s, 18A Fitness, Analytix Solutions, Jaguar Land Rover of Fairfield and The Readiness Collective.

    • 26 min
    #063: The Ready State - Co-Founder Dr. Kelly Starrett

    #063: The Ready State - Co-Founder Dr. Kelly Starrett

    Mobility is one of those areas where preparation can’t be faked and it can’t be shortcutted. While down at Sandlot Jax and the GORUCK Games Fran Racioppi sits down with Dr. Kelly Starrett, Co-Founder of The Ready State, bestselling author, and physical trainer for many of the most elite athletes in professional and olympic sports for a conversation on movement, mobility and human performance. 
    Read the full episode transcription here and learn more on The Jedburgh Podcast Website. Check out our video versions on YouTube.

    Highlights:
    -Longevity is something everyone can work towards and not something that requires money or access to special resources. (4:00)
    -Our daily routine affords us opportunities to adjust our behavior to get more out of each activity; such as sitting on the floor vs the coch, or fidgeting vs remaining still. (7:32)
    -Kelly forces Fran to define stretching and mobility in his own terms and puts him on the spot to understand his own bad habits and longevity-limiting practices. (7:50)
    -Training is about challenging positions in a way that stresses your systems in a variety of different environments. (14:30)
    -Kelly compares the ease of extending the longevity of professional athletes to our military service men and women; explaining the ease by which we can extend the service-lives of our operators if we focus on mobility. (18:50)
    -Fran asks Kelly to describe how we ingrain performance longevity principles into youth athletes and junior leaders. (24:55)
    -Pain is the ultimate diagnostic tool and indicator of performance potential; Kelly describes how to use pain in the development of fitness and nutrition programs. (30:01) 
    -Kelly explains how constraining our environment to do the right thing allows for ease of decision-making and removes the reliance on will-power. (46:16)

    Quotes:
    -”How do we come out unharmed…or less unharmed…really with the view of being 100.” (4:05)
    -”Position is the root of everything. Do you have access to your positions and shapes.” (5:11)
    -”How do I get seven bottom lines out of a single practice.” (7:21)
    -”Let me ask you this…do you stretch…no you don’t.” (7:58)
    -“If position is the thing, then I’m using exercise and training to challenge position.” (13:42)
    -”Speed is the great arbiter…speed is the sport of position.” (14:19)
    -”Resting state of the human being is pain free… let’s use pain as a diagnostic tool.” (30:15)
    -”People are durable…and we don’t have to get it right the first time. We just have to get it right, better, tomorrow.” (38:07)
    -”Supple Leopard was this idea…let’s just give you your access back.” (39:36)
    -”Oftentimes I’m trying to constrain the environment so I don’t have to make another choice.” (46:17)

    Kelly’s Three Daily Foundations to Success:
    -Protect sleep to maximize potential
    -Walk around and move more throughout the day to decongest tissues
    -Eat enough fruits, vegetables and proteins

    This episode is brought to you by Jersey Mike’s, 18A Fitness, Analytix Solutions, Jaguar Land Rover of Fairfield and The Readiness Collective.

    • 54 min

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