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Two ex-special operations guys armed with MBAs seek out people leading lives less ordinary, in order to find out how they fill their ‘unforgiving minutes’, and what helps them go, always, a little further. Like intellectual bowerbirds, we collect shiny little objects of knowledge that will help build better humans. Co-hosted by Ben Pronk and Tim Curtis.
 
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Richard Baker is one of Australia’s most decorated investigative journalists. He has five Walkley Awards and 15 Melbourne Press Club Quill Awards. Embracing the medium of podcasts, his last two series won global and national awards. In 2016, he created and co-hosted a major investigative podcast series called Phoebe’s Fall, which led to legisla ...…
 
In this RV, Tim and Ben reflect back on the recent interviews with Jim Molan, Sam Penny and Jack Moshovis. In the course of this, Ben tries to remember when the MV Tampa incident occurred and provides some reflections from his perspective as a troop commander during this operation, following which Tim and Ben offer some extremely shallowly-rese ...…
 
Jack Moshovis was always mechanically minded. He used to look up at aeroplanes with fascination as a kid and ponder who built and maintained them and, indeed, how they flew. He always had some sort of a project going in his younger years and unsurprisingly after finishing high school he got an apprenticeship working as a mechanic on Air Force a ...…
 
Sam Penny is a father, cheesemonger, civil engineer and endurance athlete who is currently training to conduct a DOUBLE crossing of the English Channel. Looking at his physical accomplishments – which in addition to Channel crossings, include the conduct of a Backyard Ultra running race and swimming a mile in ice water - you could be forgiven f ...…
 
General Jim Molan, AO, DSC is a former soldier, diplomat, author and speaker. We explore all things from why 'Andrew' is called 'Jim' through to winning the war in Iraq, border security and national energy policy. Of course we go low-brow too! Jim has unfinished business in Australian politics. He explains why! Unbeknownst to Jim, we personally ...…
 
As the RV concept hits the meteoric height of double figures, Ben and Tim talk about their interviews with Susan Saleeba and Chris Collard, reflecting on topics ranging from gentle African words to getting punched in the head by a world champion. They then field a number of fantastic listener questions, which sees the conversation switching fro ...…
 
Chris Collard is a world champion indigenous kickboxer and professional fighter. But it has not been an easy path. Chris spent his early years in and out of the juvenile justice system. Chris ‘celebrated’ his 18th birthday in prison BUT five years later he won his world title fight. This is a story of inspiration- from a broken home to a happy ...…
 
In this episode we head into the depths of a Kenyan slum with Susan Saleeba. Susan is one of the most selfless people we have come across. She gave up her lifestyle to start Nakuru Hope's Orphanage in the slums of Kaptembwa, Nakuru, Kenya. She now has integrated an orphanage, school and farm to bring education, hope and a life to hundreds of ki ...…
 
There's plenty in this RV. Ben and Tim reflect on the episodes with Phil HSC and Sans Tattoo; as well as hearing from Phil HSC on Sans Tattoo! Then musings on the Cynefin framework and why hindsight isn't as great as people think it is!! We then detour to LAX and meet Ben and Tim in the lounge discussing their trip to Alaska and Alaskan real es ...…
 
This episode is a fire side chat. Literally! Marc Wohling discovered surfing, music and martial arts early in life. These three things gave him a pattern for life; but also a structure for loss. Working in remote communities and with underprivileged youth, Marc has been using techniques drawn from surfing, music and martial arts to teach, coach ...…
 
From bouncer to the boardroom. ‘Sans Tattoo’ is an ex-soldier and former bouncer who designed the fighting system that was taught to Nelson Mandela’s personal bodyguard. But that’s the short version of a longer story. In order to get there Sans dealt with months of rejection. He was out of money, but not out of belief, when he seized on one sma ...…
 
This episode is for anyone who dreams big …. And then wants to build that dream from scratch. It’s for anyone wanting to tenaciously solve a problem. This episode is for entrepreneurs and start-ups ….. and anyone working in a café wearing a hoodie! Phil Hayes- St Clair (HSC) is a career entrepreneur. With a shortened first career in the militar ...…
 
Welcome to RV8! Reflections on Jess Dane, 'Motorsports IS for Girls' .... and about authentic leadership as it trades off to the 'theatre of leadership'. Greg Wallace, building 'More than Just a Surfboard'. Generosity of spirit and energy. Then Ben's reflection on his favourite guest- himself! .... As he is interviewed by Andrew Leigh, MP. And ...…
 
This episode is a reciprocal interview where Ben is interviewed by Andrew Leigh, MP on his podcast The Good Life. You will will remember Andrew from our episode: 'The Tale of Two Andrews'. Ben talks with Andrew about entering the Army, SAS Selection Course and broader life in the Unit as well as fitness and a slice of business. And of course, w ...…
 
How do you know when you are at your very lowest? Well, Greg Wallace has probably been lower. As a troubled youth, he realised that his journey was full of evil energy which would likely lead him either to jail ….. or death. Greg tells us the story of how he rebuilt himself with purpose from this point. And how he committed to be the best perso ...…
 
Jessica Danes is a force for women in Motor Sports. A granddaughter of one of the founding members of the British SAS and daughter of Roland Dane, Jess is forging her own career and ignoring all doubters and critics. Her first foray into motorsports was working in the Triple Eight Race Engineering Team gear box shop as a sub-assembly mechanic! ...…
 
Welcome to the RV! In this RV we reflect on the episode with Matt Hall, Ex RAAF F18 Fighter Pilot and now Red Bull Air Race Pilot. We discuss feedback we have received about the episode on 'the 2nd Battlefield' (of Business!) And the application of the Principles of War on the battlefields of business. Then, some more information on Richard Tha ...…
 
Matt Hall has been described as the ‘best pilot on the planet’. Could you make precision decisions while travelling at 450 km/h and pulling 12G. Matt does .... routinely. Matt is an ex Air Force F-18 Hornet Pilot and Fighter Combat Instructor and is now a Red Bull Air Racer. He is an elite athlete, business owner and father. In this episode, Be ...…
 
Business is a brutal battlefield. For Ben and Tim it’s their second battlefield. In an episode requested by listeners, Ben and Tim reach deep into their camouflaged knowledge banks all the way back to their time at the ‘College of Knowledge’ (The Royal Military College (RMC)) – as they take a look at the applicability of the Principles of War t ...…
 
Welcome to RV6! In this RV we reflect on the Tale of Two Andrews.... our interview with two federal politicians but NOT talking politics. Then, we discuss the hidden aspects of the interview with original SAS band, The Externals. It is clearly more than beer and hard rock. What did they do when faced with a horrendous review from a music critic ...…
 
This is the unique story and music of the original Special Air Service (SAS) rock band, ‘The Externals’. MUSIC REVIEW “Do not ever, ever, ever go see this band unless your IQ is lower than the entrance price’- David Coggin's music review on The Externals DISCLAIMER We recommend disengagement of brain prior to listening. Just sit back and enjoy ...…
 
In this split episode, we interview both Andrew Hastie, MP (Liberal) and Andrew Leigh, MP (Labor). We communally discuss everything from Shakespeare, regional security, economics and distance running. But no politics under fear of push-up punishments! With the Australian Federal Election looming, two of our sitting members were kind enough to t ...…
 
In this split episode, we interview both Andrew Hastie, MP (Liberal) and Andrew Leigh, MP (Labor). We communally discuss everything from Shakespeare, regional security, economics and distance running. But no politics under fear of push-up punishments! With the Australian Federal Election looming, two of our sitting members were kind enough to t ...…
 
A Special Episode with thanks to Life on the Line Podcast ... Ben and Tim were interviewed by Alex Lloyd at LOTL. They discuss SAS leadership, the high profile seizing of the North Korean drug Ship - the MV PONG SU - and leadership in business. Please check out 'Life on the Line' Podcast .... to hear far more inspirational and interesting guest ...…
 
Reflections on the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the SAS Regiment. Reflections on the interview of Ben and Tim on the Life on the Line Podcast. Reflections on the episodes with Sabine Bird, Simon Bailey and Leanne Barron.... and Questions from Listeners. Chapters - 1:40. On ANZAC Day at the SAS Dawn Service. - 09:30. Reflections on Ben and Tim's in ...…
 
Every two minutes, Australian police respond to a case of domestic violence; a nationwide problem costing the economy an estimated $22bn each year. Many of us would find these figures shocking – partly because domestic violence is a problem that is not often spoken about. Our guest this week not only knows about the magnitude of this problem bu ...…
 
Simon Bailey is all about order! He is a former journalist and TV producer and is now a PR and crisis communications expert. But he's also known for being the 'Movie Guru' and the 'Man About the House' on prime time radio. In this wide and varied U60 episode we talk with Simon about journalism and its stressors, the evolution of reporting and t ...…
 
Sabine Bird is an endurance cyclist who is the 24 hour Road Race World Champion .... breaking the world record at the same time for the most distance covered in the 24 hour race period. She is now preparing for the Race Across America (RAAM), an ultra endurance cycling event of some 5,000km across the USA. How would you deal with zero sleep? Ho ...…
 
In this RV..... - 00:32 . More on L'esprit de l'escalier - 01:50 . Q1- When witnessing behaviour that is not constructive or at worse destructive.... - 06:22. Q2- How would you 'Justify your Existence' (if your life depended on it)? - 07:30. Q3- Why are ytiou spending time on this podcast? - 09:10. Q4- 'How can our lives get better' - 11:51. Pl ...…
 
Jason Semple was stabbed in the street and should be dead. Jason (then a rookie cop) and his experienced partner, Constable Peter Forsyth, after having a social beer, were both stabbed and left for dead. They were ultimately stabbed over a Panadol. It led to Peter losing his life and Jason having his Police career ended. This episode is about t ...…
 
Welcome to the RV! In this episode we take a number of questions from listeners on the following topics: Can initiative be taught? Gut feel and intuition? & unconscious bias? Planning v winging it? Identifying and grooming leaders? Following this, we reflect on the episodes featuring Brigadier Rupert Hoskin and Rod Bridge. Rupert also returns t ...…
 
Recorded in the Mill Gym, this week we meet Nick Caldwell. Nick is a former Special Air Service (SAS) soldier who, at the peak of his military career, was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. Nick explains about how chronic fatigue became his 'normal', and how for years he suffered through it; including on high tempo SAS operations. Nick ta ...…
 
What’s your worst fear? In this episode, through our guest Rod Bridge, Tim is exposed to his one and only fear: Outliving his children. In February 2013, Rod Bridge lost his only son, Preston. Preston died at the age of 16, after taking a synthetic form of LSD, during his school ball after party. Rod first talks about ‘that day’, and how, throu ...…
 
Brigadier Rupert Hoskin, AM is the Commandant of the Royal Military College (Australia) and the Director of Army Leadership. He has the lead responsibility for the training and development of leaders inside the Australian Army. In this episode we talk about training people in the 'art of leadership'. We discuss what has changed over the last tw ...…
 
How's your battery? If you're not sure then tune in! This week Tim Jack Adams gives us the no nonsense view of 'mindfulness'. How do you get started and what's important? Tim Jack Adams talks breathing, sleeping and movement .... and Ben goes Zen (see You Tube!). How can you be 'present'? The importance of routine. And critically, how can you c ...…
 
Questions from listeners..... How do Ben and Tim define success & happiness? Is the virtue of an act judged by 'intent' or 'outcome'? (Question from 'the Chronic Overachiever') Your expectations prior to Special Forces and the realities once you got in? Your thoughts on 'gut feeling'. Do you truly believe it can be relied upon? Further Reading ...…
 
In this episode, we meet Elizabeth Armstrong, the Director of the Paung Sie Facility (PSF) in Myanmar. We discuss intractable conflicts and practical peace building; leading through complexity; and how to prioritise endless demands and a constantly changing regime of priorities! ********* Defn: 'Insoluble' /ɪnˈsɒljʊb(ə)l/ adjective impossible t ...…
 
In this engaging episode, Ben and Tim talk about Mission Statements and the difference between military and corporate mission statements. And why 'Purpose' is more important than the 'Task'. The principle of 'nesting' so that a strategic mission can be operationalised all the way to the lowest levels of an organisation. Now you can critically r ...…
 
Welcome to the RV! Questions from Listeners on: Emotional intelligence. Tough leadership decisions. Loneliness of leadership. Servant leadership in the Royal Marine Commandos. Bullying and Peer Leadership. (+) Containing bloopers and all ...By Ben Pronk & Tim Curtis.
 
Tim Robertson is an ex F18 fighter pilot who got bored of that and then successfully completed the Australian Special Air Service (SAS) Selection course! Robbo then saw operational service in Afghanistan and the Western Desert of Iraq, before leaving the military to: Consult to the United Nations || Advise an oil company in Geneva || Raise a na ...…
 
In Part B on Leadership is a Contact Sport, Ben and Tim start by talking about how you lead an SAS Counter Terrorist Assault Team. Then.. what is Swarm Leadership? And how is Servant Leadership relevant to corporates? As well as reflecting Tim's past failings in Inter-Generational Leadership while he was a Managing Director of a group of compan ...…
 
In this episode we explain leading in special operations, the Complex Adaptive Leadership model and the practical relationship between rainforests, mayonnaise, fighter jets and leadership. Once again, we cherry pick and hand deliver the tricks, tips and ideas for applying leadership in your organisation. After all, leadership is a contact sport!…
 
Dr Dan Pronk is a former Special Forces Doctor and combat veteran, who saw five operational tours in East Timor and Afghanistan. He's a former professional triathlete, a serial entrepreneur, a life coach and now an author. In this episode, Dan talks about dealing with failure and loss, tips for goal setting ..... and his internal struggle to ac ...…
 
Why should you listen to two pretty average ex special operations guys with MBAs? Well ..... listen in .... because we hope to convince you in under 3 minutes!!By Ben Pronk & Tim Curtis.
 
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