Facing the Wind

The Grit Institute

Facing the Wind: Season 2 of The Grit Factor, hosted by Shannon Huffman Polson, Army veteran, pilot, and corporate and non-profit leader dedicated to building courageous leaders for a better world. We’ll look at facing fear and failure, connecting to purpose, when to grit and when to quit, and much, much more, from the fields of the military to government, law to business, academia and more. Tune in Tuesdays for new conversations, and make sure to leave your questions for Shannon at https://www.speakpipe.com/TheGritFactor read less
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Episodes

Living Fearlessly: Overcoming Obstacles and Finding Joy in the Journey with Siri Lindley
Feb 23 2023
Living Fearlessly: Overcoming Obstacles and Finding Joy in the Journey with Siri Lindley
Today’s episode with Siri Lindley is an inspiring conversation about overcoming fear, achieving success, and living fearlessly. Siri Lindley is a two-time world champion triathlete, winner of twelve ITU World Cup races, an inspirational, energetic life coach and one of Tony Robbins’ 10 favorite motivational speakers.With an infectious & authentic passion, she empowers audiences to strive for peak performance, and to work through and ultimately conquer the demons of fear and self-doubt. In late 2019, Siri faced her most difficult battle yet when she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Despite being given less than a 10% chance of survival at the time of her diagnosis, she was pronounced cancer-free by her doctors in May of 2020. In the episode, Lindley shares her personal journey as a former professional triathlete and coach, and discusses her unique coaching style that emphasizes a holistic approach to training and personal development. Throughout the episode, Polson and Lindley delve into topics such as resilience, mental toughness, and finding joy in the process of pursuing one's goals. Listeners will come away from this episode feeling inspired and empowered to tackle their own challenges and achieve their own goals. Visit her online here: Siri Lindley https://siri.siriandbek.com/ Believe Ranch and Rescue: https://www.believeranchandrescue.org/ Siri’s forthcoming book: https://bookshop.org/p/books/finding-a-way-taking-the-impossible-and-making-it-possible-siri-lindley/19259090?aid=15754&ean=9781637587928&listref=recommended-on-the-grit-factor-podcast
People and Processes: Overcoming 85% of all Problems with Lisa Gable
Feb 10 2023
People and Processes: Overcoming 85% of all Problems with Lisa Gable
A keynote speaker and writer on partnership, mentorship, diversity, and relationship building, Lisa Gable’s mission is to support the next generation of leaders and organizations that are solving the world’s biggest problems. She is a five-time award-winning Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author and recognized as an innovative global businesswoman who leads with discipline and diplomacy. In addition to her multiple corporate roles, including CEO, Lisa has served US Presidents and Governors, as well as a US Ambassador and UN Delegate.   Over the course of her career, Lisa has been called to turnaround failing organizations—businesses, teams, nonprofits, political campaigns, and government projects—to solve seemingly intractable problems. She has learned that the key to course-correcting when things go South is applying process engineering—strategically evaluating everything your organization does and how it does it—with authority and humanity.  Her work has carried her to dozens of conferences and events where she has met with global leaders, spent time with some of the world’s largest manufacturers and their employees and executives, 52 US military installations interviewing over 1,000 military personnel, engaged with local Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Girl Scouts of the USA to better understand the needs of America’s youth, and met with representatives of over 200 nations through her service as a democracy advocate.   Watch today and learn some funny stories about working at the white house, and take some time to discuss what she has learned through her hardships. Read her book https://bookshop.org/p/books/turnaround-how-to-change-course-when-things-are-going-south-lisa-gable/16180044?ean=9781646870585 As well as visit lisagable.com.
Leading from the Front: the Mind of a Marine with Courtney Lynch
Dec 29 2022
Leading from the Front: the Mind of a Marine with Courtney Lynch
Courtney has found success by living her life as a leader. Notable achievements include her nine years of service as a Marine Corps officer, managing a top-notch sales team for Rational Software, earning her law degree at William & Mary, practicing at one of the nation’s leading law firms, and creating Lead Star (www.leadstar.us) -- a premier leadership development consulting firm that works globally with leading organizations. She has also served as an elected official and recently spent time living in the UK during which she served as Chief Operating Officer of a rapidly scaling technology company. Beyond Courtney’s government and corporate accomplishments, she is a business owner, thought leader, and New York Times best-selling author of Spark, Bet on You, and Leading from the Front. Her success has been recognized throughout her professional career, but most recently she was awarded the National Stevie Award for Best Female Entrepreneur and BusinessWeek profiled her achievements as a leadership expert. A dynamic guest on CNBC, FOX News, and CNN, Courtney’s efforts with Lead Star have been noted in publications ranging from Harvard Business Review and Fast Company to The Financial Times. Courtney is married to Patrick Lynch and is the proud mother of three children. She resides in the Washington, DC area. In this podcast we discuss: Courtney’s seemingly unusual path to the Marines and her start in her career (7:12) The importance of authenticity and the origins of the theming in Courtney’s book (12:37) The social influence that comes with a leadership role and how finance is not the only factor. (19:10) And the correlation between risk-taking and leadership. (32:32) Books: Spark, Bet on You, and Leading from the Front Website: Leadstar.us As we get started, why not hit subscribe to be sure you never miss an episode? And remember to leave a review – it helps others find us!
Inclusion on Purpose— a different understanding of DEI with Ruchika Tulshyan
Dec 15 2022
Inclusion on Purpose— a different understanding of DEI with Ruchika Tulshyan
A number of years ago, Ruchika and I met at the rehearsal for a Seattle Ignite event, and it’s been just fantastic to stay connected and watch her trajectory ever since! I’m so grateful to welcome her on to Facing the Wind, shere we talk about diversity and leadership. Ruchika is a passionate advocate and speaker for amplifying the voices of women in the workplace. Her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Time and Bloomberg, among other publications. Ruchika has most recently been a guest of Brene Brown’s and contributed to BigThink. Diversity is key to a company’s success and bottom line– and yet women are leaving the workforce in higher numbers than ever before. That’s one of many reasons this conversation is so important. In this episode, we’ll discuss the difference in personality and behavior that takes place before and after the ego is developed. We also talk about ways society has trained us to rely solely on other’s expectations (minute 11), and how to break the mentality. In this episode, we discuss the difference in personality and behavior that takes place before and after the ego is developed. We also talk about ways society has trained us to rely solely on other’s expectations (minute 11), and how to break the mentality. As we get started, why not hit subscribe to be sure you never miss an episode? And remember to leave a review– it helps others find us! Books Inclusion on Purpose: An Intersectional Approach to Creating a Culture of Belonging at Work And The Diversity Advantage: Fixing Gender Inequality in the Workplace
Alone, Unarmed and Unafraid: Merryl Tengesdal, the only African American woman U2 pilot
Sep 5 2022
Alone, Unarmed and Unafraid: Merryl Tengesdal, the only African American woman U2 pilot
Merryl Tengesdal is an American retired career military officer and the first and only Black woman to fly the United States Air Force's U-2 spy plane used for specialized high-altitude reconnaissance missions. She is one of five women and three Black people to be in the U-2 program. She shares the plane's nickname, The Dragon Lady.   Tengesdal is a military veteran, aviator, and commander who served in both the US Navy and the US Air Force, as well as on combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. She served as Director of Inspections for The Air Force Inspector General from October 2015 through August 2017, retiring at the rank of United States Air Force Colonel with more than 3400 flight hours and 330 combat hours.   Her memoir is titled Shatter the Sky.   I met Merryl for the first time at an event in which we both participated at the Seattle Museum of Flight and liked her immediately. She speaks with candor and humor about her experiences and lessons learned and is passionate about connecting to support the next generation of leaders in and out of the skies.    Give yourself the gift of listening in to our conversation— and forward it along to whoever might enjoy or benefit!   You're invited to join us for a FREE five-part workshop: Sign up Here!     BOOKS & RESOURCES   Shatter the Sky: What going to the stratosphere taught me about self-worth, sacrifice, and discipline by Col Merryl Tengesdal (Ret.)