Episode 50: Chris Fussell. The Navy SEAL Commander on Leadership in Chaos. How To Prepare for Coronavirus. Fighting Al Qaeda Prepared Us To Fight Coronavirus. Does America Need a Draft? Guarding the Castle. The Risks of Hero Worship. Beware the Mailbox Syndrome.


As America scrambles to face the unprecedented chaos of coronavirus and the upheaval of the 2020 election, this episode features a riveting conversation with one of the most impressive leaders of our time. Chris Fussell is a man who knows chaos–and helps guide you through it with powerful insights and lessons-learned. Steeled by leadership roles in the most selective Special Operations units in the military, Chris is a leader that will teach you how to thrive in chaos. He led in the most elite unit in the military: the Naval Special Warfare Development Group and Navy SEAL Teams Two and Eight–on some of the most critical missions of our generation. After spending 16 years at the tip of spear for America’s most urgent and complex national security challenges and serving as Aide-de-Camp to General Stanley McChrystal as he commanded the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in Iraq, Chris now teaches leadership at Yale University, speaks to packed audiences worldwide, and coaches top leaders and companies across the globe. He’s the author of the New York Times bestseller, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World as well as the bestseller, One Mission: How Leaders Build a Team of Teams and now serves as President of McChrystal Group–an elite advisory services, management consulting, and leadership development firm in Washington, DC.

A former wrestler and with a degree in philosophy, Chris is a true warrior philosopher and citizen soldier of the highest regard. He has a Master of Arts in Irregular Warfare from the Naval Postgraduate School, and received the Pat Tillman Award for highest peer-rated Special Operations Officer in the program. His thesis focused on the interagency collaboration and intelligence sharing processes that drove effective, cross-silo collaboration during the peak of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Chris is also a Senior Fellow for National Security at New America, a Washington, DC-based non-partisan think tank dedicated to understanding the next generation of challenges facing the United States. He is also a dedicated husband and father of two, and actively involved in several non-profits dedicated to empowering veterans and their families. Chris serves on the Board of Directors for the Navy SEAL Foundation and is a lifetime member to the Council on Foreign Relations.

Host, Iraq veteran and activist Paul Rieckhoff has known Chris for over a decade, and takes us through a conversational master class on how to lead in adversity. Whether you’re leading a Fortune 100 Company, a small business, a classroom of students, or your own family, this indispensable episode will equip you with tools to survive and thrive in the face of coronavirus–or any challenge you might face. We examine whether a military draft is needed, analyze the leadership skills of the remaining Presidential candidates, go behind the scenes of life as an elite Navy SEAL leader, and examine the ever-expanding role of Special Operations forces in modern America.

Rieckhoff also rips through the most important news, politics and culture of the week. From the results of Super Tuesday 2, to Biden’s ascend, to the latest in Afghanistan, to National Guard deployments at home, it’s a fresh, independent and entertaining recap of what all Americans need to know. And as with every episode of Angry Americans, this show is about action. Rieckhoff suggests an impactful way to turn your righteous anger into positive impact. It’s a uniquely compelling and shareable episode of the podcast that’s been hitting the top of the news and political podcast charts and featured in Variety, NPR, The New York Times and more.

For news about upcoming show and events, and for behind-the-scenes video with guests like Chris Fussell, Rosie Perez, Henry Rollins, Meghan McCain, Rachel Maddow, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sarah Jessica Parker, Medal of Honor Recipient David Bellavia, Samantha Bee and more, join the Angry Americans community for free now. Angry Americans is like no other podcast in America. It’s connecting, uniting and empowering Americans of all backgrounds nationwide–and powered by Righteous Media.





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