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**Get yourself unstuck and be a leader.** Andrew "Sri" Sridhar is a former Navy SEAL, Harvard MBA, Wall Street escapee, and technologist. He interviews top military leaders, academic thinkers, and business phenoms to up your game. The Warrior Poet is a tightly woven tapestry of leadership expertise, philosophical inquiry, and pop culture. It's a portmanteau of Brainpickings, Wait But Why, and (Sri only wishes) Seinfeld. Yes, Sri sometimes writes haikus. Continue Reading >>
**Get yourself unstuck and be a leader.** Andrew "Sri" Sridhar is a former Navy SEAL, Harvard MBA, Wall Street escapee, and technologist. He interviews top military leaders, academic thinkers, and business phenoms to up your game. The Warrior Poet is a tightly woven tapestry of leadership expertise, philosophical inquiry, and pop culture. It's a portmanteau of Brainpickings, Wait But Why, and (Sri only wishes) Seinfeld. Yes, Sri sometimes writes haikus. << Show Less
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#67: Selling Out with Frank Cespedes Sri talks with author and professor Frank Cespedes about sales, strategy, and leadership. Frank Cespedes is a Senior Lecturer in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at Harvard Business School.  He currently teaches the elective Entrepreneurial Sales and Marketing (ESM) course in the MBA program as well as modules in the Owner President Management (OPM) executive program and he heads the executive program on &quot;Aligning Strategy and Sales.&quot;In addition to having run his own successful company, Frank&apos;s previous experience includes  global consulting at Bain & Company and elsewhere for startups all the way up to multinational companies across a diverse array of industries. Frank holds degrees from M.I.T., City College of New York, and Cornell. He has authored or co-authored six books. His most recent book is Sales Management That Works: How to Sell in a World That Never Stops Changing (Amazon).  Connect with Sri on Instagram: @sri_the_warrior_poet  + @sri_actually Intro and/or outro music in most episodes is by Paul Sridhar ( Spotify ). Disclaimer: Any audio clips are included with every intent and steps taken to abide by Fair Use and serve the purpose(s) of illustration, education, augmentation, or promotion of source content.
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#67: Selling Out with Frank Cespedes Sri talks with author and professor Frank Cespedes about sales, strategy, and leadership. Frank Cespedes is a Senior Lecturer in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at Harvard Business School.  He currently teaches the elective Entrepreneurial Sales and Marketing (ESM) course in the MBA program as well as modules in the Owner President Management (OPM) executive program and he heads the executive program on &quot;Aligning Strategy and Sales.&quot;In addition to having run his own successful company, Frank&apos;s previous experience includes  global consulting at Bain & Company and elsewhere for startups all the way up to multinational companies across a diverse array of industries. Frank holds degrees from M.I.T., City College of New York, and Cornell. He has authored or co-authored six books. His most recent book is Sales Management That Works: How to Sell in a World That Never Stops Changing (Amazon).  Connect with Sri on Instagram: @sri_the_warrior_poet  + @sri_actually Intro and/or outro music in most episodes is by Paul Sridhar ( Spotify ). Disclaimer: Any audio clips are included with every intent and steps taken to abide by Fair Use and serve the purpose(s) of illustration, education, augmentation, or promotion of source content.
#66: Redefining Beauty with Katia Beauchamp Sri talks with entrepreneur Katia Beauchamp about what she learned about leadership (and herself!) while upending the beauty industry. Katia is the cofounder of Birchbox, which raised $90 million in venture funding and was valued at one time at half a billion dollars. Katia shares her thoughts on the state of women in the startup world as well as how we all can balance family and work. As a graduate of Harvard Business School, she also opines on the value of an MBA. Connect with Sri on Instagram: @sri_the_warrior_poet  + @sri_actually Intro and/or outro music in most episodes is by Paul Sridhar ( Spotify ). Disclaimer: Any audio clips are included with every intent and steps taken to abide by Fair Use and serve the purpose(s) of illustration, education, augmentation, or promotion of source content.
#65: Searching for Attributes with Rich Diviney Should you hire for skills or innate qualities? On this episode Sri interviews Rich Diviney, highly accomplished career SEAL officer and author of the book The Attributes. Rich makes the case that skills are a poor predictor of success, especially during times of stress or uncertainty. notesThe Attributes on AmazonIntro and/or outro music in most episodes is by Paul Sridhar ( Spotify ). EXPLICIT EPISODE: If you have kids in the car, we hope you’ll choose another.Connect with Sri on Instagram: @sri_the_warrior_poet  + @sri_actually Disclaimer: Any audio clips are included with every intent and steps taken to abide by Fair Use and serve the purpose(s) of illustration, education, augmentation, or promotion of source content.
#64: Never Enough with Mike Hayes Mike Hayes is the former commanding officer of SEAL Team TWO and the author of &quot;Never Enough.&quot; He was a White House Fellow and subsequently Chief Operating Officer at Ray Dalio&apos;s hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates.  He currently serves as the Chief Digital Transformation Officer at VMware. He was held at gunpoint, drove the negotiation of a nuclear treaty, and oversaw special operations in both Afghanistan and Iraq.  Mike and Sri dive into &quot;Never Enough&quot; to uncover:* the intricacies of leadership * what Mike learned from Bridgewater vs. the military * how to be both humble AND confident* delivering constructive and direct feedback * how to invest in your relationships * and how to find purpose in life. EXPLICIT EPISODE: If you have kids in the car, we hope you’ll choose another.Connect with Sri on Instagram: @sri_the_warrior_poet  + @sri_actually Intro and/or outro music in most episodes is by Paul Sridhar ( Spotify ). Disclaimer: Any audio clips are included with every intent and steps taken to abide by Fair Use and serve the purpose(s) of illustration, education, augmentation, or promotion of source content.
#63: Jump Off the Mountain with Alok Chanani EXPLICIT EPISODE: If you have kids in the car, we hope you’ll choose another.Army combat vet and VC-backed entrepreneur Alok Chanani talks about leadership lessons from the warzone to the board room. Alok led a critical team carrying duffle bags of cash in helicopters and humvees around Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is the cofounder and CEO of BuildOps, a software platform revolutionizing the construction contracting industry.  On this episode Sri and Alok talk about...* being a minority in the military * whether an MBA is worth it* what qualities he hires for (and doesn&apos;t!) * what it really takes to start your own ventureConnect with Sri on Instagram: @sri_the_warrior_poet  + @sri_actually Intro and/or outro music in most episodes is by Paul Sridhar ( Spotify ). Disclaimer: Any audio clips are included with every intent and steps taken to abide by Fair Use and serve the purpose(s) of illustration, education, augmentation, or promotion of source content.
#62: TWO KINDS OF BOREDOM (4MUW) There are two kinds of boredom, but only one is good for you :) Hat tip to Maria Popova at Brainpickings, who writes frequently about the benefits of boredom in general. Highly recommend her site! This episode is part of the 4 Minutes Underwater series (4MUW). notesThe Joy Luck Club by Amy Tanbook (amazon)movie (prime video)Connect with Sri on Instagram: @sri_the_warrior_poet  + @sri_actually Intro and/or outro music in most episodes is by Paul Sridhar ( Spotify ). Disclaimer: Any audio clips are included with every intent and steps taken to abide by Fair Use and serve the purpose(s) of illustration, education, augmentation, or promotion of source content.
#61: QUADROFRENETICA (4MUW) 70s rock giants The Who help Sri explain nervous energy in organizations. This episode is part of the &quot;4 Minutes Underwater&quot; series (4MUW). notesThe rock opera Quadrophenia by the Who   (Prime Video)Album explanation  (Wikipedia)Outro: cover by Bank Street Band &amp; The Hunterdon Symphony  (support them on Youtube)Connect with Sri on Instagram: @sri_the_warrior_poet  + @sri_actually Intro and/or outro music in most episodes is by Paul Sridhar ( Spotify ). Disclaimer: Any audio clips are included with every intent and steps taken to abide by Fair Use and serve the purpose(s) of illustration, education, augmentation, or promotion of source content.
#60: 4MUW (RESPONSIBILITY HANGOVER) Sri discusses how our decision-making models get outdated as we increase our experience in this second edition of our &quot;4 Minutes Underwater&quot; minisode series (4MUW). notes The book Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath (Amazon)Connect with Sri on Instagram: @sri_the_warrior_poet  + @sri_actually Intro and/or outro music in most episodes is by Paul Sridhar ( Spotify ). Disclaimer: Any audio clips are included with every intent and steps taken to abide by Fair Use and serve the purpose(s) of illustration, education, augmentation, or promotion of source content.
#60: RESPONSIBILITY HANGOVER (4MUW) Sri discusses how our decision-making models get outdated as we increase our experience in this second edition of our &quot;4 Minutes Underwater&quot; minisode series (4MUW). notes The book Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath (Amazon)Connect with Sri on Instagram: @sri_the_warrior_poet  + @sri_actually Intro and/or outro music in most episodes is by Paul Sridhar ( Spotify ). Disclaimer: Any audio clips are included with every intent and steps taken to abide by Fair Use and serve the purpose(s) of illustration, education, augmentation, or promotion of source content.
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