Oct 10, 2018
Lieutenant Colonel Scott Mann, a
retired Green Beret, is an expert trust builder and master
storyteller. He Joins Jim and Jan to discuss his work helping
transition military veterans to civilian life, and the importance
of supporting their personal story. Scott gives us a sneak peek
into his new play that premiers on November 10th in Tampa,
“Last Out: Elegy of a Green
Beret.” The play
captures the raw emotion of the battlefield and honors the men, and
still fighting - and the families back home. Scott’s message of
finding your voice and sharing it to help your fellow human is one
that applies across all facets of leadership, and one he and his
wife foster through their organization, Heroes Journey.
[4:16] When Scott decided to
write and develop his first play, “Last Out: Elegy of a Green
Beret”, he sought to capture both the experience of the veterans
and their families along with using his storytelling ability that
was developed as a Green Beret. The situations in the play are all
based on true stories, and he brings the raw emotion and pain of
combat to the stage. All proceeds from ticket purchases will
go to The Heroes Journey, a 501c3 nonprofit.
[5:44] The tag line for the play
is: “You’ve heard the stories of the first in, now you will hear
the stories of the last out.” He captures the redemption Scott
sought to give veterans once the dust has cleared and others have
[7:49] Emotions are at the heart
of leadership. We must understand it, and embrace it to fully
connect with ourselves and others in order to lead by
[8:39] It’s not the words
leaders say that make us compelled to act, it’s the way those words
make us feel.
[11:26] As a storyteller, there
are two relationships: the relationship to the story, and the
relationship with the audience.
[13:39] Scott’s dad had a huge
influence on how he viewed storytelling and connection to emotion.
He saw his dad work tirelessly to lead and become one of the top
wildfire fighters in the country. He showed that a leader can be
humble, admit to not knowing answers, and always striving to do
[18:41] With over 20,000
veterans a month leaving military service, there is a lot to be
done. Veterans are at a high risk of disconnecting from their
purpose and identity. Scott’s focus at the Heroes Journey is
helping warriors find their voice, and tell their story whether
it’s to an employer, their family, or just to
[22:40] Often our identity gets
wrapped up in our job. It’s healthy to connect with your own values
and emotions and then bring those into your job as a leader, and
have awareness that your job doesn’t define you.
[25:04] Leaving deep impressions
that serve the people who follow you is the epitome of Rooftop
[28:37] When we check in with
the man or woman to our right and our left, we feel better about
ourselves, and the organization performs at a higher level. So much
can be gained from getting out of our head to serve.
[31:20] The Heroes Journey
Virtual Course is a 7 module course that is completely free, and
its aim is to help warriors develop their story and tell it in a
powerful and compelling way.
[35:59] As a leader, Scott
challenges us to recall a story from your past where you went
through enormous struggle, and share it with someone who could
benefit from the lessons you learned.
- “Humans are the most meaning seeking,
emotional, social creatures on the planet.”
by inspiring others to do something bigger than
warriors find their voice again, things change.”
job is just one part of your identity.”
in struggle and vulnerability that we become
not the words leaders say that make us compelled to act, it’s the
way those words make us feel.
Last Out: Elegy of a Green Beret
Scott Mann Rooftop Leadership
The Heroes Journey
Runt of the Litter
Mission America: Straight Talk
About Military Transition
TLP048: Trust and the Tribal
Origins of Leadership
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