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OPE: One Year Later (Part 8)(ft. Lieutenant General Haibatullah Alizai)
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OPE: One Year Later (Part 8)(ft. Lieutenant General Haibatullah Alizai)
This week on the 'OPE: One Year Later' series, we are continuing our extended conversation on the collapse of Afghanistan and where we go from here. I’m reaching out to you and connecting with the prominent voices involved in the long war in Afghanistan as well as its future. Afghan voices, in many cases, have been muzzled and their voices are not heard. Our focus is to give them a platform to speak truth to power so that you can hear the stories not told and how it affects not only you and your family but the world for the future. In this episode, Lieutenant General Haibatullah Alizai, the former Commander of all Afghan Special Operations Forces and leader of the Afghan military in its final days gives a riveting description of what led to the collapse, what we can learn from it, and what we must do for the future in order to protect ourselves  at home. CONTEXT ON THIS SERIESIn August of 2021, the United States Government officially withdrew from Afghanistan leaving hundreds of thousands of at-risk Afghans vulnerable to Taliban brutality. Immediately, the impact of this moral injury was apparent on out Afghan allies and veteran populations with many of them left behind to deal with the aftermath that no one was coming. Scott and a team of combat veterans began to leverage their network of relationships to provide safe passage and ultimately relocation of hundreds of at-risk Afghans. Scott now has the opportunity to share the story of those Afghan Allies who made it out and of those who are still fighting their way to safety today, alongside many of the extraordinary men and women who made this possible. In this podcast series, Scott sits down with some of the members of Pineapple Express to share their stories and reflect on where we are one year later after the collapse of Afghanistan. PREVIOUS EPISODES ON AFGHANISTAN:“Finding Meaning in the Madness of War”“Saving Space Monkey: Storytelling in Real Time”“Chaos in Kabul”“Operation Pineapple: Deadline”“Afghan Bombing” Operation Pineapple Continues”“Punching Above Your Weight”Operation Pineapple Express: Pineapple Express Relief:  Rooftop Nation!     Website:
OPE: One Year Later (Part 8)(ft. Lieutenant General Haibatullah Alizai)
Yesterday
OPE: One Year Later (Part 8)(ft. Lieutenant General Haibatullah Alizai)
This week on the 'OPE: One Year Later' series, we are continuing our extended conversation on the collapse of Afghanistan and where we go from here. I’m reaching out to you and connecting with the prominent voices involved in the long war in Afghanistan as well as its future. Afghan voices, in many cases, have been muzzled and their voices are not heard. Our focus is to give them a platform to speak truth to power so that you can hear the stories not told and how it affects not only you and your family but the world for the future. In this episode, Lieutenant General Haibatullah Alizai, the former Commander of all Afghan Special Operations Forces and leader of the Afghan military in its final days gives a riveting description of what led to the collapse, what we can learn from it, and what we must do for the future in order to protect ourselves  at home. CONTEXT ON THIS SERIESIn August of 2021, the United States Government officially withdrew from Afghanistan leaving hundreds of thousands of at-risk Afghans vulnerable to Taliban brutality. Immediately, the impact of this moral injury was apparent on out Afghan allies and veteran populations with many of them left behind to deal with the aftermath that no one was coming. Scott and a team of combat veterans began to leverage their network of relationships to provide safe passage and ultimately relocation of hundreds of at-risk Afghans. Scott now has the opportunity to share the story of those Afghan Allies who made it out and of those who are still fighting their way to safety today, alongside many of the extraordinary men and women who made this possible. In this podcast series, Scott sits down with some of the members of Pineapple Express to share their stories and reflect on where we are one year later after the collapse of Afghanistan. PREVIOUS EPISODES ON AFGHANISTAN:“Finding Meaning in the Madness of War”“Saving Space Monkey: Storytelling in Real Time”“Chaos in Kabul”“Operation Pineapple: Deadline”“Afghan Bombing” Operation Pineapple Continues”“Punching Above Your Weight”Operation Pineapple Express: Pineapple Express Relief:  Rooftop Nation!     Website:
OPE: One Year Later (Part 7)(ft. Lieutenant General Sami Sadat)
Sep 16 2022
OPE: One Year Later (Part 7)(ft. Lieutenant General Sami Sadat)
This week on the 'OPE: One Year Later' series, Scott had the opportunity to sit down with another incredible and experienced individual, Lieutenant General Sami Sadat. Over the last year, many of our veterans and citizens have asked "what was the point?" in reference to Afghanistan. It has been very hard to process the loss and impact under the shadow of the withdrawal and abandonment. But as a former member of the Afghan National Army, Sami points out - the end is not written. The men and women of Afghanistan who grew up under relative freedom and other opportunities may just take back their country and carve out their future - with or without us. The future of Afghanistan and the U.S are inextricably linked. Join Scott and Sami to learn why.  CONTEXT ON THIS SERIESIn August of 2021, the United States Government officially withdrew from Afghanistan leaving hundreds of thousands of at-risk Afghans vulnerable to Taliban brutality. Immediately, the impact of this moral injury was apparent on out Afghan allies and veteran populations with many of them left behind to deal with the aftermath that no one was coming. Scott and a team of combat veterans began to leverage their network of relationships to provide safe passage and ultimately relocation of hundreds of at-risk Afghans. Scott now has the opportunity to share the story of those Afghan Allies who made it out and of those who are still fighting their way to safety today, alongside many of the extraordinary men and women who made this possible. In this podcast series, Scott sits down with some of the members of Pineapple Express to share their stories and reflect on where we are one year later after the collapse of Afghanistan.  PREVIOUS EPISODES ON AFGHANISTAN:“Finding Meaning in the Madness of War”“Saving Space Monkey: Storytelling in Real Time”“Chaos in Kabul”“Operation Pineapple: Deadline”“Afghan Bombing” Operation Pineapple Continues” “Punching Above Your Weight”Operation Pineapple Express: Pineapple Express Relief:  Rooftop Nation!    Website:
OPE: One Year Later (Part 6)(ft. Legend)
Sep 9 2022
OPE: One Year Later (Part 6)(ft. Legend)
This week on the 'OPE: One Year Later' series, Scott was given special the opportunity to sit down with another individual who has been doing incredible work since the US abandonment of Afghanistan, and is currently on the ground there continuing aid - Legend. Legend is an Afghan-American who came to the United States just a few days before the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. He later served in the United States military and has since retired. Legend founded the Legend Group Foundation in September of 2021 following the withdrawal from Afghanistan in August of 2021. Join Scott and Legend to listen in on a very personal view of the Afghanistan abandonment and learn what Legend believes needs to be done to help our Afghan Allies, all as we remember the lives lost because of and since the tragic events of 9/11 that began it all.CONTEXT ON THIS SERIESIn August of 2021, the United States Government officially withdrew from Afghanistan leaving hundreds of thousands of at-risk Afghans vulnerable to Taliban brutality. Immediately, the impact of this moral injury was apparent on out Afghan allies and veteran populations with many of them left behind to deal with the aftermath that no one was coming.Scott and a team of combat veterans began to leverage their network of relationships to provide safe passage and ultimately relocation of hundreds of at-risk Afghans. Scott now has the opportunity to share the story of those Afghan Allies who made it out and of those who are still fighting their way to safety today, alongside many of the extraordinary men and women who made this possible. In this podcast series, Scott sits down with some of the members of Pineapple Express to share their stories and reflect on where we are one year later after the collapse of Afghanistan. PREVIOUS EPISODES ON AFGHANISTAN:“Finding Meaning in the Madness of War”“Saving Space Monkey: Storytelling in Real Time”“Chaos in Kabul”“Operation Pineapple: Deadline”“Afghan Bombing” Operation Pineapple Continues”“Punching Above Your Weight”Operation Pineapple Express: Pineapple Express Relief:   ADDITIONAL RESOURCESLegend Group: Rooftop Nation!    Website:
OPE: One Year Later (Part 5)(ft. Hasina Safi and Kelley Currie)
Sep 2 2022
OPE: One Year Later (Part 5)(ft. Hasina Safi and Kelley Currie)
This week on the ‘OPE: One Year Later’ series, Scott had the honor of sitting down with Hasina Safi and Kelley Currie. Hasina has served as the former Minister of Women’s Affairs in Afghanistan and Kelley as a former US Representative and the former Ambassador for Women’s Global Affairs. Once they connected, they began working closely together in their efforts to help Afghan women. And since the US abandonment of Afghanistan, they have worked together to ensure Hasina's safety from the Taliban. Join Scott, Hasina, and Kelley for this powerful episode with two phenomenal women and leaders to hear their stories. CONTEXT ON THIS SERIES In August of 2021, the United States Government officially withdrew from Afghanistan leaving hundreds of thousands of at-risk Afghans vulnerable to Taliban brutality. Immediately, the impact of this moral injury was apparent on out Afghan allies and veteran populations with many of them left behind to deal with the aftermath that no one was coming.Scott and a team of combat veterans began to leverage their network of relationships to provide safe passage and ultimately relocation of hundreds of at-risk Afghans. Scott now has the opportunity to share the story of those Afghan Allies who made it out and of those who are still fighting their way to safety today, alongside many of the extraordinary men and women who made this possible. In this podcast series, Scott sits down with some of the members of Pineapple Express to share their stories and reflect on where we are one year later after the collapse of Afghanistan.  PREVIOUS EPISODES ON AFGHANISTAN:“Finding Meaning in the Madness of War”“Saving Space Monkey: Storytelling in Real Time”“Chaos in Kabul”“Operation Pineapple: Deadline”“Afghan Bombing” Operation Pineapple Continues”“Punching Above Your Weight” Operation Pineapple Express: Pineapple Express Relief:   Join Rooftop Nation!    Website:
OPE: One Year Later (Part 4)(ft. Stacy "Duke" Gentile, Travis Peterson, and Thomas Kasza)
Aug 26 2022
OPE: One Year Later (Part 4)(ft. Stacy "Duke" Gentile, Travis Peterson, and Thomas Kasza)
This week on the ‘OPE: One Year Later’ series, Scott is joined by Stacy "Duke" Gentile, Travis Peterson, and Thomas Kasza all former or current military service members who have continued fighting behind the scenes for our #AfghanAllies and veteran community since the collapse of Afghanistan in August 2021. These men took action when our government and senior military officials refused to honor the promise made to our allies. Duke, Travis, and Thomas are part of the many veterans and volunteers who have put their lives on hold and made personal sacrifices to rectify the moral injury left behind. Join Scott, Duke, Travis, and Thomas as they discuss what they've been through over the last year and what needs to be done to truly #HonorThePromise. CONTEXT ON THIS SERIES In August of 2021, the United States Government officially withdrew from Afghanistan leaving hundreds of thousands of at-risk Afghans vulnerable to Taliban brutality. Immediately, the impact of this moral injury was apparent on out Afghan allies and veteran populations with many of them left behind to deal with the aftermath that no one was coming.Scott and a team of combat veterans began to leverage their network of relationships to provide safe passage and ultimately relocation of hundreds of at-risk Afghans. Scott now has the opportunity to share the story of those Afghan Allies who made it out and of those who are still fighting their way to safety today, alongside many of the extraordinary men and women who made this possible. In this podcast series, Scott sits down with some of the members of Pineapple Express to share their stories and reflect on where we are one year later after the collapse of Afghanistan.  PREVIOUS EPISODES ON AFGHANISTAN:“Finding Meaning in the Madness of War”“Saving Space Monkey: Storytelling in Real Time”“Chaos in Kabul”“Operation Pineapple: Deadline”“Afghan Bombing” Operation Pineapple Continues”“Punching Above Your Weight” Operation Pineapple Express: Pineapple Express Relief:  RESOURCES Angel Wing: Assistance: (865) 352-6699Non-Emergency Assistance: operationangelwing@gmail.com Join Rooftop Nation!    Website:
OPE: One Year Later (Part 3)(ft. Jazz Cannon, Ben Owen, and Jess Owen)
Aug 19 2022
OPE: One Year Later (Part 3)(ft. Jazz Cannon, Ben Owen, and Jess Owen)
This week on the ‘OPE: One Year Later’ series, Scott is joined by three incredible individuals who have been working the safe passage and resettlement efforts from the collapse of Afghanistan - Jazz Cannon, Ben Owen, and Jess Owen. Jazz escaped Afghanistan with her family in the 90’s and now works with Legend Group to help evacuate American citizens and Afghan Allies left behind. Ben and Jess Owen are the CEO and Executive Director of their non-profit, Flanders Fields, where they help veterans and give them a new purpose in life. Join Scott, Jazz, Ben, and Jess to learn more about what they're doing to continue to #HonorThePromise and #FinishTheMission.  CONTEXT ON THIS SERIESIn August of 2021, the United States Government officially withdrew from Afghanistan leaving hundreds of thousands of at-risk Afghans vulnerable to Taliban brutality. Immediately, the impact of this moral injury was apparent on out Afghan allies and veteran populations with many of them left behind to deal with the aftermath that no one was coming.Scott and a team of combat veterans began to leverage their network of relationships to provide safe passage and ultimately relocation of hundreds of at-risk Afghans. Scott now has the opportunity to share the story of those Afghan Allies who made it out and of those who are still fighting their way to safety today, alongside many of the extraordinary men and women who made this possible. In this podcast series, Scott sits down with some of the members of Pineapple Express to share their stories and reflect on where we are one year later after the collapse of Afghanistan.  PREVIOUS EPISODES ON AFGHANISTAN:“Finding Meaning in the Madness of War”“Saving Space Monkey: Storytelling in Real Time”“Chaos in Kabul”“Operation Pineapple: Deadline”“Afghan Bombing” Operation Pineapple Continues”“Punching Above Your Weight” Operation Pineapple Express: Pineapple Express Relief:   ADDITIONAL RESOURCESFlanders Fields: Group:  Operation Angel Wing: Assistance: (865) 352-6699Non-Emergency Assistance: operationangelwing@gmail.com  Join Rooftop Nation!    Website:
OPE: One Year Later (Part 2)(ft. Zach Lois)
Aug 12 2022
OPE: One Year Later (Part 2)(ft. Zach Lois)
On this week’s episode of ‘OPE: One Year Later’ Scott sits down with fellow retired Green Beret and 7th Group Special Forces member, Zac Lois. Zac has been instrumental in his efforts with Operation Pineapple Express and continues to contribute to the rescue of our Afghan Allies left behind. Join Scott and Zac as they discuss how Zac’s military background combined with his post-service educational career helped him navigate Afghan Allies to safety and ultimately answer the call when no one was coming.                                                       CONTEXT ON THIS SERIES In August of 2021, the United States Government officially withdrew from Afghanistan leaving hundreds of thousands of at-risk Afghans vulnerable to Taliban brutality. Immediately, the impact of this moral injury was apparent on out Afghan allies and veteran populations with many of them left behind to deal with the aftermath that no one was coming.Scott and a team of combat veterans began to leverage their network of relationships to provide safe passage and ultimately relocation of hundreds of at-risk Afghans. Scott now has the opportunity to share the story of those Afghan Allies who made it out and of those who are still fighting their way to safety today, alongside many of the extraordinary men and women who made this possible. In this podcast series, Scott sits down with some of the members of Pineapple Express to share their stories and reflect on where we are one year later after the collapse of Afghanistan.   PREVIOUS EPISODES ON AFGHANISTAN“Finding Meaning in the Madness of War”“Saving Space Monkey: Storytelling in Real Time”“Chaos in Kabul”“Operation Pineapple: Deadline”“Afghan Bombing” Operation Pineapple Continues”“Punching Above Your Weight” Operation Pineapple Express: Pineapple Express Relief:   Join Rooftop Nation!    Website:
OPE: One Year Later (Part 1)
Aug 5 2022
OPE: One Year Later (Part 1)
As we approach the one-year anniversary of the collapse of Afghanistan, it’s important to offer reflections on what happened last year, what it means for us today and for the future. Our veteran population and Afghan Allies, those brought to safety and those still at-risk, have been profoundly impacted from the events of August 2021 and many will grapple with the imposed trauma for years to come. Join Scott on this special look at Operation Pineapple Express One-Year Later as he offers reflections on where we have been, where we are, his hopes for the legacy of Operation Pineapple Express and what’s being done to continue to #HonorThePromise and #FinishTheMission.  CONTEXT ON THIS SERIESIn August of 2021, the United States Government officially withdrew from Afghanistan leaving hundreds of thousands of at-risk Afghans vulnerable to Taliban brutality. Immediately, the impact of this moral injury was apparent on our Afghan Allies and veteran populations with many of them left behind to deal with the aftermath that no one was coming.  Scott and a team of combat veterans began to leverage their network of relationships to provide safe passage and ultimately relocation of hundreds of at-risk Afghans. Scott now has the opportunity to share the story of those the Afghan Allies who made it out and of those who are still fighting their way to safety today, alongside many of the extraordinary men and women who made this possible. In this podcast series, Scott sits down with some of the members of the Pineapple Express to share their stories and reflect on where we are one year later after the collapse of Afghanistan. PREVIOUS EPISODES ON AFGHANISTAN:“Finding Meaning in the Madness of War”“Saving Space Monkey: Storytelling in Real Time”“Chaos in Kabul”“Operation Pineapple: Deadline”“Afghan Bombing” Operation Pineapple Continues”“Punching Above Your Weight” Operation Pineapple Express:  Pineapple Express Relief:   Join Rooftop Nation!    Website:
Waterline Article #10: Revenge and Feuds Are Always Lurking
Jul 8 2022
Waterline Article #10: Revenge and Feuds Are Always Lurking
WATERLINE ARTICLE #10: Revenge and Feuds Are Always Lurking.When you allow in-groups and out-groups to manifest and operate in modern society, the group becomes more relevant than the individual. As a civil society and liberal democracy we need leaders to preserve individualism and encourage bridging beyond ones in-groups. If they don’t, the status mentality of the group will elicit honor and shame – creating feuds and the desire for revenge. Join Scott this week as he continues the discussion on the dangerous impact in-groups and out-groups can have on the collective. CONTEXT ON THIS SERIESIn 1917, T.E. Lawrence, who you might know as Lawrence of Arabia overthrew the Ottoman Turks in WWI in modern-day Iraq and Syria, using strategic human connections at the local level. He did so by going into tribal environments and creating a level of trust that unified various tribes around one thing that they could all agree on through storytelling of ‘what could be.’ He wanted to help others who followed behind him do the same so he wrote The 27 Articles to share with them. Scott has taken these Lawrencian skills and adapted them to the Rooftop Leadership methodology and in this series will share the 27 Waterline Articles for the Rooftop Leader with you so that you are better equipped to lead through the disengagement, distrust, and distraction brought on by prolonged isolation, low trust, and uncertainty. If you’ll lean into these and integrate them into your life and business, you will be more attuned to the people you lead and be able to look at human behavior in a new way that allows you to lead at a higher level. You can read the original 27 Articles by T.E. Lawrence here:  Join Rooftop Nation!    Website:
Waterline Article #9: In and Out-Groups are Natural but Dangerous
Jul 1 2022
Waterline Article #9: In and Out-Groups are Natural but Dangerous
WATERLINE ARTICLE #9: In and Out-Groups are Natural but Dangerous. Have you noticed how in-groups and out-groups are everywhere you look? This is bonding trust behavior which is natural - but in these times of low trust and churn, it is being used negatively and we are reverting back to our primal behavior. As a nation, it is necessary that we fight the churn and have a bridging trust mentality. Join Scott this week as he discusses why it’s so important as leaders to not only learn how to bridge beyond your own in-groups but to also exemplify this behavior as well.  CONTEXT ON THIS SERIESIn 1917, T.E. Lawrence, who you might know as Lawrence of Arabia overthrew the Ottoman Turks in WWI in modern-day Iraq and Syria, using strategic human connections at the local level. He did so by going into tribal environments and creating a level of trust that unified various tribes around one thing that they could all agree on through storytelling of ‘what could be.’ He wanted to help others who followed behind him do the same so he wrote The 27 Articles to share with them. Scott has taken these Lawrencian skills and adapted them to the Rooftop Leadership methodology and in this series will share the 27 Waterline Articles for the Rooftop Leader with you so that you are better equipped to lead through the disengagement, distrust, and distraction brought on by prolonged isolation, low trust, and uncertainty. If you’ll lean into these and integrate them into your life and business, you will be more attuned to the people you lead and be able to look at human behavior in a new way that allows you to lead at a higher level. You can read the original 27 Articles by T.E. Lawrence here:  Join Rooftop Nation!    Website:
Waterline Article #8: Change Freaks People Out
Jun 17 2022
Waterline Article #8: Change Freaks People Out
WATERLINE ARTICLE #8: Change Freaks People Out. Change is inevitable and chaos is bound to enter your arena, but change management will help you avoid fear-based reactions. By keeping yourself and your organization on a path to order, you help mitigate the amount of times chaos turns everything upside down. Join Scott this week as he discusses navigating the complexity and effects change has on us through these times of churn.  CONTEXT ON THIS SERIESIn 1917, T.E. Lawrence, who you might know as Lawrence of Arabia overthrew the Ottoman Turks in WWI in modern-day Iraq and Syria, using strategic human connections at the local level. He did so by going into tribal environments and creating a level of trust that unified various tribes around one thing that they could all agree on through storytelling of ‘what could be.’ He wanted to help others who followed behind him do the same so he wrote The 27 Articles to share with them. Scott has taken these Lawrencian skills and adapted them to the Rooftop Leadership methodology and in this series will share the 27 Waterline Articles for the Rooftop Leader with you so that you are better equipped to lead through the disengagement, distrust, and distraction brought on by prolonged isolation, low trust, and uncertainty. If you’ll lean into these and integrate them into your life and business, you will be more attuned to the people you lead and be able to look at human behavior in a new way that allows you to lead at a higher level. You can read the original 27 Articles by T.E. Lawrence here:  Join Rooftop Nation!    Website:
Waterline Article #7: People Won't Follow You Unless They Feel Safe.
Jun 10 2022
Waterline Article #7: People Won't Follow You Unless They Feel Safe.
WATERLINE ARTICLE #7: People Won’t follow You Unless They Feel Safe.In times of churn it is critical that we, as leaders, create psychological safety for others in all areas of our lives. Safety in this sense is the ability to speak or act with sincerity without fear of reprisal. What happens when you don’t offer this? Trust cannot exist. Join Scott this week as he gives a few personal examples where there was an absence of psychological safety and what you can do to ensure you are creating the psychologically safe environment needed for trust to flourish for influence and impact.  CONTEXT ON THIS SERIESIn 1917, T.E. Lawrence, who you might know as Lawrence of Arabia overthrew the Ottoman Turks in WWI in modern-day Iraq and Syria, using strategic human connections at the local level. He did so by going into tribal environments and creating a level of trust that unified various tribes around one thing that they could all agree on through storytelling of ‘what could be.’ He wanted to help others who followed behind him do the same so he wrote The 27 Articles to share with them. Scott has taken these Lawrencian skills and adapted them to the Rooftop Leadership methodology and in this series will share the 27 Waterline Articles for the Rooftop Leader with you so that you are better equipped to lead through the disengagement, distrust, and distraction brought on by prolonged isolation, low trust, and uncertainty. If you’ll lean into these and integrate them into your life and business, you will be more attuned to the people you lead and be able to look at human behavior in a new way that allows you to lead at a higher level. You can read the original 27 Articles by T.E. Lawrence here:  Join Rooftop Nation!    Website: