The Professionals Playbook

Hasard Lee

*Ranked a "2019 Top Podcast* This is a podcast that brings transparency to top performers, careers, and topics. My name is Hasard Lee. I'm an active F-35 fighter pilot for the Air Force. One of the most important lessons I've learned is that you have to be selective with who you listen to--there's a lot of noise out there. The goal of this podcast is to find experts who are at the top of their field to share their insights based on credibility and experience. About the Host:"Major Lee has 9 years of experience flying both the F-16 and F-35. In 2016, he was selected as the 'Top Instructor Pilot of the Year' for the Air Force's largest F-16 Combat Wing. In 2017, he returned from Afghanistan where his squadron dropped the most ordnance since the opening days of the war. He's flown 82 combat missions and has 4 Air Medals."

Master Class: The Green Beret Soldier behind the Afghan SOF Strategy talks Leadership--Scott Mann
May 26 2020
Master Class: The Green Beret Soldier behind the Afghan SOF Strategy talks Leadership--Scott Mann
*My editor sent me this after listening to the episode: "I wanted to let you know that this was by far one of my favorite episodes to edit. It provided great insight into leadership skills."*"The Professionals Playbook" t-shirts are now available here.My guest today is Scott Mann who spent 23 years as an Officer in the United States Army, 18 of those as a Green Beret in Army Special Forces, where he specialized in unconventional missions in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan.He is the author of two international best-selling books: Game Changers and Straight Talk About Military Transition.He's also give 3 TED talks. In our conversation we talk about how Green Berets build rapport with local tribes, how he almost took his life after leaving the military, and how leaders can connect with their people.Order of Topics:Using SOF training for COVID-19How Green Berets compare to other SOF unitsHow to go into a village and establish trustInterpersonal techniques Architect of the Afghan SOF programAlmost committing suicideHow to transition from the militaryGreen Beret principalsHow to build relationshipsLeadership training Sign up for my newsletter for a few useful and insightful things that have helped me over the last month. You can sign up here.LinkedIn-- Justin Hasard LeeInstagram-- @justinfighterpilotFacebook--@justinfighterpilotThis episode was edited by Trevor CablerYou can review the show by tapping here and scrolling to the bottom where it says: "Write a Review." Thanks for the support 👊
"Loonshots:" Author of the #1 Book of the Year on 'The Invisible Axe'--Safi Bahcall
Apr 28 2020
"Loonshots:" Author of the #1 Book of the Year on 'The Invisible Axe'--Safi Bahcall
My guest today is Safi Bahcall who is the author of Loonshots, The most recommended book of the year. It came out in 2019 and has already been translated into 18 languages. It's recommended by Bill Gates, Daniel Kahneman, Daniel Pink, Malcolm Gladwell, and Tim Ferriss and was selected as the best business book of the year by Amazon, Bloomberg, Business Insider, Financial Times, Forbes, Inc., Medium, and the Washington Post. Safi is a physicist, a biotech entrepreneur, and a former public-company CEO. In 2008, he was named E&Y New England Biotechnology Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2011, he worked with President Obama’s council of science advisors on the future of national research.Safi regularly speaks with leadership teams about applying the ideas in Loonshots and has presented at leading institutions around the world.In our conversation we talk about his thoughts on the coronavirus, separating artists from soldiers in organizations, the role of incentives, and then at the end, he interviews me for a few minutes. I highly recommend his book Loonshots--The subchapter "The Invisible Axe" has, in my opinion, the single greatest page and a half of non-fiction writing, where he talks about the incentive structure of middle managers and why they are predisposed to reject innovative ideas. Topics we talk about:Corona Virus--optimism Why he got into physicsArtists and soldiers--love bothBalancing risk and opportunity Loonshot tactics for small groupsStake vs. statusThink through incentives Loonshots--the bookSign up for my newsletter for a few useful and insightful things that have helped me over the last month. You can sign up here.LinkedIn-- Justin Hasard LeeInstagram-- @justinfighterpilotFacebook--@justinfighterpilotThis episode was edited by Trevor CablerYou can review the show by tapping here and scrolling to the bottom where it says: "Write a Review." Thanks for the support 👊
315 Combat Missions, 24 Air Medals, 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses, on what makes a Great Pilot--George Nolly
Apr 14 2020
315 Combat Missions, 24 Air Medals, 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses, on what makes a Great Pilot--George Nolly
My guest today is George Nolly, who flew 315 combat missions over Vietnam in both the O-2 as a forward air controller and the F-4 as strike pilot; earning 24 Air Medals and 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses. He was the last pilot to complete 100 missions over North Vietnam. While in the Air Force, George received the Tactical Air Command Instructor Pilot of the Year Award.After his service, George went into commercial aviation, flying for United Airlines as a Captain and Flight Instructor for 26 years. He is also the host of the Ready for Takeoff Podcast. In our conversation we talk about his lead up to Vietnam, flying an F-4 into the most heavily defended airspace in the world, and what makes a good pilot. Here are the show notes with associated time stamps. Passion for flight (min. 04:00)Pilot training (09:00)Forward air control (15:20)Vietnam as a FAC(20:00)TKTKTK check around 21:00Working the system (33:00)F-4 Fighter training (38:30)Vietnam in the F-4 (40:00)Post-Vietnam (59:00)Sign up for my newsletter for a few useful and insightful things that have helped me over the last month. You can sign up here.LinkedIn-- Justin Hasard LeeInstagram-- @justinfighterpilotFacebook--@justinfighterpilotThis episode was edited by Trevor CablerYou can review the show by tapping here and scrolling to the bottom where it says: "Write a Review." Thanks for the support 👊
Virgin Galactic CEO and Former NASA Chief of Staff on Space Travel in 2020--George Whitesides
Feb 4 2020
Virgin Galactic CEO and Former NASA Chief of Staff on Space Travel in 2020--George Whitesides
My guest today is George Whitesides, who is the CEO and President of Virgin Galactic, the spaceflight company founded by Sir Richard Branson. With Scaled Composites, the company has developed the WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo vehicles, based on the X Prize-winning SpaceShipOne. In his role, he is responsible for guiding all aspects of the company to commercial operation at Spaceport America.Prior to Virgin Galactic, he served as Chief of Staff for NASA. Upon departure from the agency he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest award the agency confers. He is also a fellow of the UK’s Royal Aeronautical Society.In our conversation we talk about the strengths and weaknesses of NASA, how space exploration is like aviation 100 years ago, and what the future of Virgin Galactic looks like. Below are the show notes and associated time stamps: Background (minute 02:40)Strengths and weaknesses of NASA (06:45)Working with Richard Branson (10:45)Leadership (15:00)How they're getting to space (19:00)Training (24:00)How space will change our culture (25:00)Lots of technical questions... (27:00)Next 5-10 years for VG (37:15)Aviation 100 years ago (39:15)SpaceX and Blue Origin (43:30)Make sure to subscribe so you don't miss an episode I've also started a monthly newsletter where I send out a few useful or insightful things that have helped me over the last month. You can sign up by clicking here.LinkedIn-- @justinfighterpilotInstagram-- @justinfighterpilotFacebook--@justinfighterpilotThis episode was edited by Trevor CablerIf you'd like to help out, you can review the show by tapping here and scrolling to the bottom where it says: "Write a Review." Thanks for the support 👊
Smokejumper and Bestselling Author on Parachuting into and Killing Forest Fires--Jason Ramos
Jan 21 2020
Smokejumper and Bestselling Author on Parachuting into and Killing Forest Fires--Jason Ramos
My guest today is Jason Ramos, a firefighter currently in his 30th season. He spent over half that time as an air-delivered firefighter. Known as Smokejumpers, these professionals are highly trained and specialized firefighters who can parachute or rappel into a forest fire. They work independently in some of the most difficult terrain imaginable. Jason has over 270 jumps into fires and has also written the leading book on the profession titled "Smokejumper." In our conversation we talk about what it's like to be in one of these infernos, the traits required of a smokejumper, and dive into some of the tactics and equipment used to put out forest fires. Below are the show notes with the associated time stamps:Being in a forest fire (minute 03:00)History of smoke jumping (09:00)Selection process (12:30)First fire he jumped into (23:30)How to kill a fire (28:00)Mission planning (34:30)Gear (44:30)Biggest lessons to pass on (49:00)Projects working on now (54:00)Make sure to subscribe so you don't miss an episode I've also started a monthly newsletter where I send out a few useful or insightful things that have helped me over the last month. You can sign up by clicking here.LinkedIn-- @justinfighterpilotInstagram-- @justinfighterpilotFacebook--@justinfighterpilotThis episode was edited by Trevor CablerIf you'd like to help out, you can review the show by tapping here and scrolling to the bottom where it says: "Write a Review." Thanks for the support 👊