Aug 10, 2016
Christian Anschuetz inspires the
unconventional with a unique mix of strategic vision, adventurous
spirit, bold action, and keen sense for calculated risk. He fuses
these traits with executive business savvy and bleeding-edge
technical knowledge to build high-performance organizations and
solutions that enable transformative change.
Mr. Anschuetz is an entrepreneur,
business executive and veteran of the United States Marine
Corps. His diverse
background and interests have helped incubate successful companies,
propelled him to the executive ranks of two leading firms, and most
recently, inspired the launch of the innovative nonprofit startup,
Christian currently serves as the
CIO of UL (Underwriters Laboratories). He holds a Bachelor of Arts
degree in economics from the University of Michigan, a Bachelor of
Science in computer information science from Strayer University and
is a graduate of Yale’s Executive Leadership Program.
Web - www.projectrelo.org
LinkedIN - ProjectRELO
Twitter - @projectrelo
Facebook - www.facebook.com/projectrelo.org
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In this episode, Christian Anschuetz
shares his intention-based leadership style, and how his military
career influenced his leadership style, and helped him thrive in a
He also discusses how he aims to change the lives of veterans
through his work with Project Relo. He talks about the need for
leaders throughout the organization – regardless of
title. He also
discusses how “followership” is key. He defines effective
leadership as one where an environment exists where people work
outside their comfort zone, innovate, and work with a “spring in
Basically, effective leadership is when people follow willingly. As
a leader, Christian creates teams of people who are innovative,
support each other through risky situations, and help one another
to eliminate the fear of failure.
[3:10] How has Christian’s military
experience impacted his role as a leader in the traditional
[6:33] We need leaders throughout
our entire organization. Anybody and everybody can
lead and that is how you get high performance teams.
[8:18] Christian paints a vision for
people of what is expected of them and then follows with the
intention behind the goal.
[14:18] If you are going to fail,
you are going to fail with your team members who will then propel
you past the failure.
[20:36] How to get past the fear of
failure by moving into unsafe zones.
[25:20] Project Relo highlights the
abilities of veterans and focuses on leadership
[31:33] When people are pushing
themselves into unsafe areas and are innovative, that is when
Christian knows he’s being an effective leader.
[39:34] Contact information for
Christian and Project Relo.
- “Members of the Marine Corps are
known to have a certain level of cockiness. It’s because Marines
believe they can do anything.”
- “When you manage risk-to-zero, you
simultaneously manage opportunity-to-zero.”
- “In human relationships,
technology is our enemy and not our friend.”
- How do you help people be
confident, but not arrogant? How do you balance this with
humility versus insecurity?
- Is visioning the role of the
leader, or that of the team?
- Does your team know what
extraordinary performance looks like? Is it OK in your environment
to make mistakes and sometimes fail because that’s where learning
and growth take place?
- How can you stretch people to do
more than they thought they could (beyond normal comfort
- What metrics do you have in place
to know that your leadership is creating the right environment for
people to follow you willingly?