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Mar 16, 2021

Welcome back to the Main Thing Podcast! You’re in for a real treat with today’s special guest. Chris Fussell is a former Navy SEAL Officer and President of McChrystal Group, a premier leadership and management consulting firm founded by General Stan McChrystal. 

He was commissioned as a Naval Officer in 1997, and spent the next 15 years on US Navy SEAL Teams. Since leaving the military in 2012, Chris has focused on bringing his Special Operations experience and expertise in cross-functional collaboration, knowledge sharing, and decision making with large corporations facing similar challenges. 

Chris serves as a Senior Fellow for National Security at New America, a board member of the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation, a Fellow and teacher at Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, and is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 

Chris lives in Fayette County, West Virginia, with his wife and two children.

Get ready! Over the next 9 minutes, you will discover why Chris Fussell is one of the wisest people I know.


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[01:50] Guest bio for Chris Fussell

[02:30] Good afternoon, Chris! You’re coming to us from Fayetteville, West Virginia, right?

[02:50] What went into Chris’ decision to relocate to West Virginia? #NRG

[03:20] Help our audience understand how we’re connected. Andy Malinoski from Ep. 1 and Ep. 36 when we #switchedmicrophones

[03:45] Speaking of being behind the microphone, Chris you have a podcast too? Tell our listeners a bit about “No Turning Back.” #podcast

[04:40] Chris Fussell, what’s the main thing you’ve learned in your lifetime so far? #mainthingpodcast

[07:12] An example of when Chris applied that wisdom.

[07:30] Applying his wisdom principle in the counter-terrorism space. #SEALteam #NavySEAL

[08:25] What was SEAL training school experience like? How close is the Hollywood version we’ve all seen on TV and movie screens to the actual experience? #hollywood #teamwork

[10:20] Wrap-up. Thank-you and good bye. #hackingwisdom

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