200 episodes

Zack started his leadership journey working in the metro-Atlanta area as a police officer and SWAT Operator. After seven years serving his local community, he transitioned to the role of an Infantry Leader in the U.S. Army and continued to serve during a combat deployment to Afghanistan and locally with the Georgia National Guard.

In between time away with the military, Zack has been able to build six businesses ranging from a security consulting firm, a domestic violence awareness non-profit, to an international dance competition he and his business partner grew to 140 countries in the first seven months of operation.

At the center of his journey, Zack is focused on two things, service and leadership. His podcast, Tactical Leadership, furthers this journey and his service, helping him and his audience learn and grow from leaders across the world.

The Tactical Leader Zack A. Knight

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    • 5.0 • 89 Ratings

Zack started his leadership journey working in the metro-Atlanta area as a police officer and SWAT Operator. After seven years serving his local community, he transitioned to the role of an Infantry Leader in the U.S. Army and continued to serve during a combat deployment to Afghanistan and locally with the Georgia National Guard.

In between time away with the military, Zack has been able to build six businesses ranging from a security consulting firm, a domestic violence awareness non-profit, to an international dance competition he and his business partner grew to 140 countries in the first seven months of operation.

At the center of his journey, Zack is focused on two things, service and leadership. His podcast, Tactical Leadership, furthers this journey and his service, helping him and his audience learn and grow from leaders across the world.

    Speaker Series w/ Cannon Carr

    Speaker Series w/ Cannon Carr

    What are the three key mistakes entrepreneurs make when it comes to their wealth, and how can they be avoided?
    In episode 445, host Zack Knight interviews Cannon Carr, a wealth management strategist, CEO, and business owner of Corner Cap Wealth Advisors. Carr shares his expertise on building resilient teams, fostering a positive company culture, and the common pitfalls entrepreneurs face when managing their wealth. The conversation dives into the importance of planning for the future, maintaining liquidity, and achieving a healthy work-life balance. Carr also emphasizes the significance of small businesses in driving economic growth and innovation. Throughout the episode, Zack draws parallels between the experiences of veterans transitioning to civilian life and the challenges faced by entrepreneurs.
    [00:00 - 09:57] Starting a Business and the Entrepreneur Journey 
    Cannon Carr’s Introduction and early steps in the entrepreneurial world How does stability work in entrepreneurship?Cannon’s company nowadays

    [09:58 - 15:04] Building Resilience in a Team
    Focus on building a team that can make decisions independentlyHire people based on shared values and cultureEncourage honest communication and vulnerability within the team

    [15:05 - 21:19] Ego and Loyalty in Business and The Military
    Recognize that ego can create unnecessary conflict and distractionUnderstand that loyalty is a double-edged sword; sometimes, you need to let go of team members who have outgrown their rolesStrive for a balance between personal life and professional obligations

    [21:20 - 35:27] The 3 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make with Their Wealth
    Not planning for an exit strategyLack of liquidity to navigate through disruptionsFailing to maintain independence from the business

    [35:28 - 41:39] The Importance of Giving Back and Building Trust
    Inspire others by giving forward and sharing knowledgeAcknowledge that success is not achieved alone; be willing to help othersFoster trust within your team and in your relationships

    Key quotes: 
    
     "Culture means you set the values about how your company or your business makes decisions." - Cannon Carr

    "There's no way I would be where I am now without the help of others, right? So you have to share, and it's a joy to do that." - Cannon Carr

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    • 41 min
    Speaker Series w/ Dave Young

    Speaker Series w/ Dave Young

    How can the skills and leadership style developed in the military translate to success as an entrepreneur?
    In episode 444, we had a speaker series with Dave Young, a retired National Guard officer turned entrepreneur. Dave shares his journey from a 20-year military career to starting his own wealth management firm, Command Wealth Management. He shares the challenges of transitioning from a structured military environment to the world of entrepreneurship and the importance of finding one's passion and applying the skills learned in the military to build a successful business. Dave emphasizes the value of being process-driven, managing expectations, and prioritizing tasks to achieve productivity. He also shares insights on the significance of community involvement and the power of persistence in acquiring clients. Throughout the conversation, Dave offers advice for those considering entrepreneurship, particularly for veterans transitioning to civilian life.

    [00:00 - 06:27] From Infantry to Entrepreneur
    Dave's 20-year career in the National Guard, serving in various roles including infantry, cavalry, and airborne unitsThe decision to retire and transition to entrepreneurshipThe importance of family support during the transition

    [06:28 - 09:06] Translating Military Skills to Entrepreneurship
    How the skills learned in the military, such as operations planning and team management, can be applied to entrepreneurshipThe significance of finding one's passion and applying military-acquired skills to build a businessThe value of being process-driven and managing expectations in entrepreneurship

    [09:07 - 13:39] Overcoming Imposter Syndrome and Fear in Transitions
    Dealing with the lack of confidence and fear when transitioning from a structured military environment to entrepreneurshipThe importance of persistence and not giving up in the face of challengesAdvice for managing expenses and focusing on one's strengths when starting a business

    [13:40 - 19:07] Leadership Lessons: From the Military to Business Ownership
    The differences in leadership style between the military and entrepreneurshipManaging a business with a spouse and the potential for scalingThe significance of community involvement in acquiring clients and growing a business

    [19:08 - 31:25] Productivity Hacks: Time Blocking and Managing Expectations
    The importance of time blocking and prioritizing tasks to achieve productivityManaging expectations, both up and down, in entrepreneurship and corporate settingsThe pitfalls of relying on to-do lists and the benefits of focusing on the most important tasks each day

    Key quotes:

    "Leadership is just inspiring someone to do something to complete a common goal." - Dave Young

    "Persistence pays off." - Dave Young

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    • 31 min
    Author Talk with Admiral James Stavridis

    Author Talk with Admiral James Stavridis

    How can fiction help us avoid catastrophic futures and shape a better world for generations to come?
    In episode 443, Admiral James Stavridis shares insights from his latest novel, "2054," the second installment in a cautionary fiction trilogy. He shares the potential impact of artificial intelligence on society and the military, the need for sovereign states to control this powerful technology, and the importance of bridging political divides to address the challenges facing our nation. Through his writing, Admiral Stavridis aims to inspire readers to imagine dangerous futures and work towards reverse-engineering them to avoid potential catastrophes.

    [00:00 - 12:30] The Power of Cautionary Fiction
    Introduction of the Moderator Rickey BevingtonIntroduction of Admiral James StavridisAdmiral Stavridis explains his motivation for writing cautionary fiction novels

    [12:31 - 23:21] The Purpose of the Trilogy
    The trilogy explores the challenges of the 21st century, including war, AI, and climate changeDifference between predictive fiction and cautionary fictionWhy use fiction to deliver this message?

    [23:22 - 27:58] The Singularity and the Future of AI
    The concept of the singularity, where biology merges with technology, is introducedAI has the potential to be both enormously beneficial and malevolentThe novel explores the implications of AI and the race between nations to control it

    [27:59 - 00:35:45] The Future of Geopolitical Power and AI Control
    Non-state actors, such as big tech and criminal enterprises, are now in the sandbox with governmentsThe importance of controlling AI early The U.S. is in a foot race with China regarding AI

    [35:46 - 42:12] The Need for a Cyber Force
    The importance of creating a dedicated cyber force within the U.S. militaryThe military faces challenges in recruiting due to competition with the civilian economyDespite the difficulties, young men and women will continue to serve their country

    [42:13 - 48:43] Finding Hope in a Divided Nation
    The U.S. will find its way out of the current political divisionsHe emphasizes the importance of listening to the other side and engaging in civil conversationsThe path forward lies in finding candidates who are willing to reach across the aisle and generate compromiseThe third book in the trilogy, "2084," explores the effects of climate change on geopolitics
    Key quotes: 

    "Like all new technologies, AI can be of enormous benefit and it can be enormously malevolent." - Admiral James Stavridis

    "The path is not in surrendering your positions on policies. It's about listening to the other side." - Admiral James Stavridis

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    • 48 min
    Dinner with Admiral James Stavridis

    Dinner with Admiral James Stavridis

    How can we navigate the complex geopolitical challenges of our time, and what role do key players like Ukraine, China, and India play in shaping the future of global security and democracy?
    In episode 442, Admiral James Stavridis shares his insights on the current state of global affairs and the critical challenges facing our world today. Drawing from his extensive military experience and strategic acumen, Admiral Stavridis dives into the complexities of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the rising tensions with China, and the tragic situation in the Middle East. He emphasizes the importance of supporting Ukraine in their fight against Russian aggression, while also highlighting the need for a balanced approach in dealing with the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Throughout this episode, Admiral Stavridis underscores the significance of alliances, diplomacy, and the role of emerging powers like India in shaping the future of global security and democracy.
    [00:00 - 07:47] The Russia-Ukraine Conflict
    Biography of Admiral Jim StavridisThe importance of supporting Ukraine The potential consequences of a Russian victory The cost-effectiveness of arming Ukraine compared to the U.S. defense budget

    [07:48 - 08:50] Countering China's Growing Influence
    The necessity of maintaining a robust U.S. defense budget to match China's increasing spendingThe idea for creating an alliance structure in Asia to stand against Chinese aggressionThe potential benefits of a new alliance system in the region

    [08:51 - 16:20] The Middle East Crisis
    The context of Israel's response to the October 7th terrorist attack by HamasThe situation of Gazan civilians and the need for humanitarian assistanceThe U.S. role in supporting Israel while encouraging them to care for the civilian population

    [16:21 - 24:03] Turkey's Geopolitical Importance
    Admiral Stavridis shares his family's history and connection to TurkeyThe critical role of Turkey in the NATO alliance despite current challengesThe importance of remembering the past but not being imprisoned by it

    [24:04 - 28:21] India's Emergence as a Global Power 
    India's growing influence and advantage due to its large population, innovation, and geographyThe challenges India faces, such as corruption, nationalism, and social issuesThe potential for India to emerge as a positive force in the global south and its importance for team democracy

    Key Quotes:

    "The degree to which team democracy pulls that global south here is the degree to which we can hope for the right outcomes." - Admiral James Stavridis


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    • 28 min
    Lunch with Admiral Stavridis

    Lunch with Admiral Stavridis

    How can we use the benefits of artificial intelligence while minimizing its dangers in a time of swift technological progress?
    In episode 441, Admiral James Stavridis shares his books, "2034" and "2054," which explore the potential consequences of a war between the U.S. and China and the rise of artificial intelligence. Admiral Stavridis emphasizes the importance of examining these challenges while there is still time to address them. He explores the concept of singularity, the merger between human biology and technology, and its implications for the future. The discussion also covers the military applications of AI, the ethical dilemmas surrounding AI-enabled operations, and the need for strategic planning in democracies. Admiral Stavridis remains optimistic about America's future but warns against the dangers of isolationism.

    [00:00 - 06:24]  Exploring the Consequences of War and AI
    Stavridis' books, "2034" and "2054," challenge readers to consider the consequences of U.S.-China war and pervasive AI.The books encourage addressing these challenges while there's still time to reverse engineer them.The singularity: the merger of human biology and technology.

    [06:25 - 12:16] The Singularity and Remote Gene Editing
    What is The Singularity about?How remote gene editing could allow nations to conduct targeted operations.Implications of having access to this technology.

    [12:17 - 17:19] The Military Applications of Artificial Intelligence
    AI can be used in the military for maintenance, logistics, tactical advice, and strategic advice.AI could provide valuable tactical advice to soldiers.AI could offer strategic advice to military leaders, synthesizing information about countries and their military capacities.

    [17:20 - 24:58] The Ethical Dilemmas of AI-Enabled Operations
    Is having a human in the loop always the best approach?How can AI help military operations?Where are we at in military operations?

    [24:59 - 37:06] The Importance of Strategic Planning and American Engagement in the World
    Why long-term strategic planning due to changing administrations and political preferences is important. Bipartisan efforts are needed to create national strategies for challenges.Stavridis is optimistic about America's future, citing its advantages and warning against isolationism.

    Key Quotes:

    "Don't ever bet against this country." - Admiral James Stavridis

    "If the United States simply walks away from the world, the jungle will grow back." - Admiral James Stavridis

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    If you want to learn how to build a better business, you can connect with me at ZackAKnight.com. You can connect with...

    • 37 min
    Legendary Highlight w/ Tommy Breedlove

    Legendary Highlight w/ Tommy Breedlove

    How can prioritizing self-worth and mastering your mindset lead to success in both your personal and professional relationships?
    In episode 439, host Zack Knight introduces Tommy Breedlove, the founder of Legendary Life, a company for entrepreneurs and executives seeking personal and professional development. Tommy shares the importance of self-awareness, self-worth, and mastering one's mindset to achieve success in relationships, leadership, and business. He emphasizes the need to prioritize oneself physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally to lead, love, and respect others effectively. The conversation also touches on the challenges veterans face in transitioning to civilian life and maintaining relationships, as well as the value of continuous personal and professional development.

    [00:00 - 02:45] Introducing Tommy Breedlove and Legendary Life
    Tommy Breedlove's book "Legendary" became a Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller in 2020Legendary Life focuses on helping entrepreneurs and executives achieve success in their careers, relationships, and personal livesAchieve success without sacrificing your relationships and well-being

    [02:46 - 03:58] Prioritizing Relationships as Veterans
    Maintaining relationships after transitioning to civilian lifeWhy do relationships in the military struggle?Why is prioritizing your relationships important?

    [03:59 - 08:12] Advice for Improving Relationships
    Self-awareness is the key to success in relationships, leadership, and businessTo love and respect others, one must first prioritize their own self-worthMastering one's mindset is the key to happiness and success in life

    [08:13 - 10:33] The Event: Your Life, Your Legend
    Legendary Life hosts retreats and events focused on personal and professional developmentThe event emphasizes the importance of being a better human, leader, and overall personLegendary Life's three pillars: prioritizing oneself, building a community of wisdom-sharing, and continuous growth

    Key Quotes:

    "In order to truly love and respect someone else, whether it's in a business setting, a life setting, or a relationship setting, you've got to prioritize your self-worth." - Tommy Breedlove 

    "If you really want to know the key to happiness in life, it's mastering your mindset." - Tommy Breedlove 

    "If you're not growing, you're dying." - Tommy Breedlove 


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    If you want to learn how to build a better business, you can connect with me at ZackAKnight.com. You can connect with us on LinkedIn,a href="https://www.instagram.com/beatacticalleader/"...

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

Boerne1 ,

Leading with Heart and Inspiration

Zack inspires so many with his post-military success, but it’s his heart and humanity that make this podcast top notch. I’m proud to be a listener and supporter of Zach as he shares others’ stories of leadership and how they’re building the world for better in their industry. 10 out of 10 would recommend!

Kevin E Snow ,

Not Just Theory

Love listening to Zack because he dives into a topic and comes out with actionable items a business owner can do to help scale their business. Its not just a bunch of cool theory that will take you months to implement becasue you need to figure stuff out; you can actually take what you learned and start applying it immediately.

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The lighthouse we need

Thank you Zack for being the kind of lighthouse entrepreneurs need! Keep the bright light shining.

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