HST124 – Brent Gleeson – Taking Point Leadership

About Today’s Guest:

Brent Gleeson is a highly sought-after business consultant, a serial entrepreneur, and a decorated Navy SEAL. He has degrees in finance and economics from Southern Methodist University, English and history from Oxford University, and a graduate business degree from the University of San Diego. As a member of SEAL Team 5, Gleeson’s platoon had some of the first SEALs deployed to Iraq in early 2003. He served several tours in Iraq, Africa, and other theaters of war. After returning to civilian life, he built award-winning, multi-million dollar organizations that were repeatedly named in the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies. He has been featured on many business podcasts and local and national news channels such as CNBC, Fox, CBS, NBC, ABC, TMZ, and the Discovery Channel. For the past five years he’s written about business and change in his two regular business columns in Forbes and IncTakingPoint is his first book.

In this Episode, you will learn:

  • Brent’s background and experience
  • Brent’s decision to leave the Navy
  • Adaptation to Post-Military life
  • Ease of Post-Military life if planned and supported
  • Transition can be challenging, regardless of length of service
  • Honest discussions about mental health and national security
  • Taking Point Leadership
  • Taking military lessons and translating them to the business sector
  • The Seal Family Foundation
  • Suicide Epidemic and Mental Health in the Special Ops community
  • Late onset PTSD and Vicarious Trauma
  • Building family resilience and addressing the divorce rate in the Navy Seal Community
  • Brent’s upcoming book: Embracing the Suck

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Brent’s Web Site

Taking Point Leadership on Amazon:


Brent on Social Media:

Brent Gleeson on Twitter


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